Apple Unveils Innovative New Accessibility Features for iOS

Accessibility in watchOS and iOS

Apple has always had a very important commitment to accessibility in its products and operating systems. In fact, year after year, the WWDC always dedicates a space to exploring the novelties in accessibility of its operating systems. Yesterday World Accessibility Awareness Day was celebrated and Apple dedicated a press release to announce new features in their operating systems that will arrive at the end of the year. Among those innovations we have door detection for users with reduced visibility, Apple Watch Mirroring or live subtitles. We tell you.

World Accessibility Awareness Day and Apple Operating Systems

Software features coming later this year offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication and more.

Through an extensive press release, Apple wanted to announce all the news about accessibility on their operating systems. These new features will reach users at the end of the year with the upcoming updates that we can enjoy at WWDC22, including iOS and iPadOS 16.

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Broadly speaking, Apple has dedicated its efforts to four new features:

  • Door detection: With software improvements and machine learning, users who are blind or have low vision will be able to detect doors. In addition, information will be provided about the door itself, whether it is closed or open, whether it can be opened by pushing or with a key. On the other hand, the integration of the LIDAR sensor of the latest Apple devices will indicate how many meters it is to the door itself.
  • Apple Watch Mirroring: Starting with the introduction of this feature, users will be able to view the Apple Watch screen on iPhone and be able to control it. Thanks to voice commands, sound actions, head tracking or switches created specifically for iOS. Thanks to this they will be able to live an experience similar to the rest of the users. They use AirPlay technology and you will be able to enjoy each and every function of the smart watch.
  • Live Subtitles: Real-time subtitles will also be integrated into Mac, iPhone and iPad applications. An example of this could be conversations through FaceTime. The size and font of the subtitles can be modified, making it easier to follow the conversations.
  • Advances in VoiceOver: Finally, the languages ​​in which VoiceOver is available are expanded to include Catalan, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Bengali, and Bulgarian. New voices optimized for each of the languages ​​are also integrated. And, on the other hand, in macOS the function is added Text Checker to review the text we have written, detecting formatting errors such as misplaced capital letters, double spaces, etc.

Apple has completely capsized on World Accessibility Awareness Day showing all these new features that will arrive at the end of the year. But in addition, all its apps and services have added special content to celebrate such an important day for the company: from Apple Books to Apple TV + through Apple Music and Apple Fitness +.


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