Apple has announced a number of new accessibility features for its iPhone, iPad and Mac devices which will be released later this year as part of the new iOS 17. These features include a new ‘dark mode’ which will make it easier for people with low vision to see the screen, a ‘speak screen’ feature which will read aloud any text on the screen, and a ‘zoom’ feature which will allow people with low vision to zoom in on any part of the screen. The new features are expected to be previewed at this year’s WWDC.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is excited to preview new accessibility features that will help more people fulfill their dreams. These features were designed to help everyone do what they love, using technology.
Here are the new accessibility features announced by Apple:
New Assistant Feature:
The new Assistant Accessibility feature is designed to help reduce the “cognitive load” on users while tailoring the iPad and iPhone experience to their needs. It combines phone and FaceTime into a single app.
Introducing the new feature, Apple said, “This feature will help those with low vision or blindness have an easier time using their device. With high contrast buttons and larger text labels, as well as tools to help trusted supporters document the experience of the person they support, this new addition will make using an iPhone or iPad a more enjoyable experience for all.”
Live Speech and Personal Voice Advanced Speech Accessibility:
With the new Live Speech feature, you’ll be able to type out what you want and have it spoken aloud during your phone call or FaceTime conversation. Plus, you’ll be able to save your commonly used phrases for future use.