Apple has previously shared several accessibility changes coming to iOS 16 and watchOS 9 this autumn, ahead of WWDC 2022. Prepare to get a condensed picture that reads between the lines to disclose the true details behind every one of these new features, from auto-generated captioning to LiDAR-enabled door identification.
Here is a list of 4 innovative accessibility features of iOS 16:
About the Detection Mode
Detection Mode for iOS 16, which will be available on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro lineups soon, will allow blind or low-vision people to locate doors and people using the Magnifier app. Apple’s other LiDAR-enabled devices, such as the iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd and 3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch, will also get the feature (4th and 5th generation).
When users arrive at their location, door detection will assist them in locating a door by displaying vital qualities such as whether the door is open or closed, push or pull, room/office numbers, and how far away the door is from the user.
The same machine-learning technology that enables people detection works in concert with the camera and LiDAR scanner to provide context on surrounds for visually impaired users. Users identification, according to Apple’s news release, will enable low-vision people “navigate and get detailed descriptions” about the world around them.
Introduction of Remote control
Those with motor and physical limitations will soon be able to navigate their Apple Watch by mirroring the interface to larger devices like the iPhone. Voice Control and Switch Control of iOS 16 will provide a greater choice of input techniques for several users as alternatives to tapping the Apple Watch touchscreen. Apple Watch Series 6 and later will support Apple Watch Mirroring.
About the Live Captions
Live Captions, which will be available on iPhone 11 and later, would allow members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to read what is being said inside social media applications and during video-conferencing sessions, like FaceTime, to read what is being said.
This feature of iOS 16, which uses machine learning to automatically transcribe captions based on spoken content in real time, will be accessible on Macs and iPads with the A12 chip and later.
Live Captions are robust enough to utilize during group calls, and a unique feature on the Mac will allow persons with hearing difficulties to type in real time and have the system read their comments aloud during video calls.
Themes for Apple Books
Users would be able to choose between six new themes with preset attributes for fonts, page color, text size, character, line, and word spacing in a future edition of Apple Books. Users will also be able to tweak stylistic elements such as text bolding to improve legibility for an even more accessible reading experience.