To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the American Disability Act, foreign media techcrunch interviewed several technology companies and advocacy agencies, including apple, on how technology can improve the daily lives of people with disabilities. “Apple has always believed that accessibility is a human right,” Sarah herrlinger, Apple’s global accessibility policy director, said in an interview, which is the mission apple always keeps in mind when launching every new product.
herrlinger said Apple has always been committed to making the company’s products available to all, and has implemented accessibility features in every software release. According to herrlinger, Apple’s iPhone has become the most powerful accessory device ever.
herrlinger said:” the historical impact of the iPhone as a mainstream consumer product is well documented. But little is known about how much the iPhone and our other products have changed the lives of people with disabilities. Over time, the iPhone has become the most powerful and popular accessory device ever. It breaks the old mindset because it shows that accessibility can be built seamlessly into a device that everyone can use universally. ”
as the foreign media techcrunch pointed out in the report, one of the important features of iPhone is voiceover. Narrator is a gesture based screen reader that allows you to enjoy using your iPhone even if you can’t see the screen.
with narration enabled, no matter which feature of IOS you are using, just press the home button (or the side button of iPhone X or newer models) three times to turn on” Narration “. You can hear descriptions of everything on the screen, from the battery charge, the name of the caller to the app you’re pointing to. You can also adjust your speaking speed to suit your speed.
Dean Hudson, a promoter of Apple’s assistive technology and a member of the founding team of voice over, which allows blind and visually impaired people to browse iPhones and Macs, “said Dean Hudson,” assistive technology should be very simple and easy to use. On the iPhone, there really shouldn’t be any difference between what I can do and what non disabled people can do. ”
Apple has introduced a number of new accessibility features in IOS 14, such as back tap, which is used to tap the back of the iPhone to operate; heads accommodation, which is used to amplify soft sounds and adjust frequency to make music, movies, calls and other sounds clearer; sound recognition, which can monitor certain sounds, such as alarms, and send alerts.
in addition, IOS 14 has improved voiceover, which uses intelligence on the device to identify elements on the screen, and provides support for applications and Web experiences without built-in accessibility support.