New Accessibility Options in iOS 7 Allow iPad or iPhone to Be Controlled with Head Movements

This afternoon, a tipster who spoke to 9to5Mac pointed out a new feature in iOS 7's Accessibility menu, which allows iPhone users to control their devices using head movements.

The option can be found in the Switch Control area of the Accessibility menu, which is designed for users who need assistance with physical and motor movements.

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Switch Control allows you to use your iPhone by sequentially highlighting items on the screen that can be activated through an adaptive accessory.

With the feature activated, specific movements can be used to correspond with actions. For example, the setting can be programmed to allow a left head movement to activate a tap, while a right head movement can be programmed to perform to another function. 9to5Mac went hands-on with the feature:

We've tested this ourselves and found it to be quite accurate, but it's quite tedious to control your device this way since it cycles through all of the options on the screen and you move your head when it is bordering around the option you want.

You can also make the left or right head movement act as a home button, start Siri, open Notification Center, open the App Switcher, decrease volume, increase volume, or simply tap.

It is important to note that Switch Control head movements are a beta function and should be used with caution, as the setting disables touch input.

Apple has always had a heavy focus on accessibility, and over the years has worked to provide accessibility options for vision, hearing, motor skills, and learning, turning the iPad and the iPhone into fully featured assistive devices. iOS 7 promises to bring even more accessibility options, further increasing the utility of Apple's devices.

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Top Rated Comments

pgiguere1 Avatar
144 months ago
Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.

It's for disabled people, has never been mentioned in marketing and is off by default...
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anzio Avatar
144 months ago
Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.

It's an accessibility feature. It's very closed minded of you to think of it as a gimmick. Someone who has a handicap that prevents regular interaction with the phone.

It is not using resources on you.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Force332 Avatar
144 months ago
Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.

Why on earth do people take the time to make a comment but not read the article?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elvetio Avatar
144 months ago
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Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.
Maybe you should remember that there are people that lost their members or have some kind of condition that prevents them from using their hands.

Sometimes it feels like these top comments are occupied by people whose only goal is to say something rather than to actually have a decent remark about the article
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
144 months ago
Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.
It's not a prominent feature, it's a tool in this case. It won't be for you or me, so that we can move between an email and inbox without touching the screen on a train: it's for someone who doesn't have use, or limited use of their arms/fingers.

They way Samsung advertise it, it's something you'll use all the time. This feature, is for actually being useful for the right person.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ljohnson72 Avatar
144 months ago
Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.

LOL... Seriously? :rolleyes:

It's under the accessibility menu for a reason.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)