Usually relatively modest about the upcoming features on iOS, Apple yesterday released a statement unveiling some of the new features that will be integrated “later this year” into its devices.
For now, it’s all about getting new accessibility options talking about on World Accessibility Awareness Day. But one feature, in particular, could well be helpful to all.
A ton of new accessibility features on iOS
Already taken very seriously by Apple on its various products, Apple will further improve accessibility on iPhone thanks to iOS 15. In its press release, the brand unveils no less than a dozen new options allowing people with disabilities or disabilities to enjoy their smartphone or tablet in good conditions.
We can already mention the adaptation of VoiceOver for the viewing of images. The Apple screen reader will accurately describe the different elements of an image to the iPhone owner. By cutting the photo into lines and columns, the person will be able to see the placement, the positions, and the type of objects immortalized on film.
For people with hearing loss, iOS 15 will also support MFi (Made For iPhone) certified two-way hearing aids. Thanks to them, users can use their prostheses to make calls or have conversations on FaceTime.
On the audio side, the earphone adjustment settings will allow the results of an audiogram to be imported to fit perfectly into the latest medical examinations of people with hearing problems.
To more broadly support people with disabilities, iOS 15 will update the Shortcuts app with a new gallery dedicated entirely to accessibility shortcuts.
Among other things, you can choose the ability to adjust the font size individually for each application, the arrival of AssistiveTouch on the Apple Watch, or the support of eye-tracking devices on iPad.
We can choose between six types of sound (balanced noise, white noise, dark noise, ocean, rain, flow) and define the volume. It will also be possible to continue reading these background noises in the background when playing a medium (music or film).
As 9to5Mac assumes, the “Ambient Sounds” feature is in the accessibility options, so you can logically set up a shortcut to launch them quickly (for example, by a triple tap on the back of the smartphone).
Contact the SAV in Sign Language
Finally, Apple launches SignTime. Available today, this feature allows you to contact Apple’s customer service in sign language directly from an internet browser. For the time being, the American (ASL) and British (BSL) sign languages are supported. To do this, go to this address and select the option “How to contact an interpreter.”