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Apple discloses new accessibility features for iPad and iPhone users

by RepublicAsia

Apple has added new accessibility features that will enhance the user experience of people with disabilities.  

One of the innovations that were introduced is Eye Tracking. This is an extraordinary feature that enables people with disabilities to manage their iPad or iPhone with solely their eyes. 

The AI-powered Eye Tracking feature makes setup and calibration quick and simple by utilizing the front-facing camera. With on-device machine learning, all user data is securely stored on the smartphone which ensures privacy and confidentiality.

With the use of this innovation, users may easily manipulate app parts by using Dwell Control to activate each component. Not only can users use their eyes to do swipes and gestures, but they can also interact with actual buttons. 

What’s interesting is that there are no other gear or attachments required, Eye Tracking works flawlessly on both iOS and iPadOS! 

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Additionally, Apple introduced Music Haptics, a function designed to help those who are hard of hearing or deaf. It makes advantage of the iPhone’s vibration technology to produce synchronized physical vibrations with the music, allowing consumers to experience rhythm and enjoy music.

Another feature is Vocal Shortcuts which lets people with speech difficulties use custom sounds to control their iPhone or iPad. This helps to easily launch shortcuts and perform tasks using their own voice commands.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, emphasized the company’s commitment to inclusive design and innovation. 

“We believe deeply in the transformative power of innovation to enrich lives,” he said. 

Photo Courtesy: @tim_cook (X)

Meanwhile, Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, believes in the power of the said features. 

“These new features will make an impact in the lives of a wide range of users, providing new ways to communicate, control their devices, and move through the world.” Herrlinger mentioned.

With reports from Ainah Sitchon


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