Apple Launches Redesigned Accessibility Site and New Support Videos

Apple today is honoring International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a re-launch of its Accessibility site and a new collection of tutorial videos highlighting the accessibility features of its software.

accessibility site
As spotted by iMore, the redesigned site is made up of four broad sections that showcase many of the accessibility features across Apple's product range, with new categories covering vision, mobility, hearing, and cognitive features.

The vision section covers several iOS features such as the Magnifier, Zoom, Larger Text, Voiceover + Braille, and Spoken Content, while the hearing covers using Sound Recognition, Headphone Accommodations, Sensory Alerts, Live Listen, and many more useful tools.

Meanwhile, over on the Apple Support YouTube channel, Apple has added new how-to videos to its Accessibility playlist on using the Magnifier, the BackTap feature, and specific Voice Control usage scenarios, including how to take a selfie.


Apple's Accessibility website and the Apple Support channel have more details.

Apple's Accessibility Engineering Lead for iOS Chris Fleizach and Senior Director of Global Accessibility, Policy, and Initiatives Sarah Herrlinger also did an interview with TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino to discuss the newest accessibility technology from Apple.

Top Rated Comments

jerry333 Avatar
43 months ago
And you still can't lock the screen in Landscape Mode. This seems like such a simple thing, but you can't do it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Annv Avatar
42 months ago
I wish Apple paid more attention to Voice Control:

1. Rent a better speech recognition engine from Nuance.
2. Cover all other languages, not just 3 variants of English.
3. Add a user vocabulary feature for all the languages they support.
4. Implement an easy language switching for text dictation, independently from Voice Control language.
5. Make it work in all text fields, including in Windows virtual machines.
6. Test the feature so it does not feel half-baked.

That would be a true, not marketing, honouring of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miniyou64 Avatar
43 months ago
Apple makes some ridiculously bad decisions regarding accessibility making you wonder do they actually ever ask people with disabilities to test things? Is Apple better than other companies sure. But some of their decisions are nonsensical
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
43 months ago
Trying to meet the needs of so many people with different physical needs is where Apple really shines.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CHLFC Avatar
42 months ago

I wish Apple paid more attention to Voice Control:

1. Rent a better speech recognition engine from Nuance.
2. Cover all other languages, not just 3 variants of English.
3. Add a user vocabulary feature for all the languages they support.
4. Implement an easy language switching for text dictation, independently from Voice Control language.
5. Make it work in all text fields, including in Windows virtual machines.
6. Test the feature so it does not feel half-baked.

That would be a true, not marketing, honouring of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Agree with you 100 per cent on all your points. Voice Control has been such a half baked disappointment thus far. Apple has practically ignored it since launch. macOS Big Sur and iOS 14 brought few improvements worth mentioning. If you are in employment and disabled and rely on speech recognition on a Mac to get things done, long emails, documents etc you can forget Voice Control. It’s little more than a patronising toy. I have to run Parallels on my MacBook and use Nuance Dragon to be productive.As an Apple fan I feel let down. It doesn’t need to be like this if Apple showed Voice Control some love and investment and recognised the critical importance high quality speech recognition is to some disabled people who don’t have a plan B for communicating with the online world. Hopefully, someone with influence within Apple is reading the important points you make and we will see some significant improvements to Voice Control in 2021.

I would add word training to your list. I have jargon and friends with foreign names and Voice Control fails to recognise them time after time.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CHLFC Avatar
43 months ago
Apple still has some way to go for its devices to be truly accessible to everyone, especially those with physical disabilities who have problems accessing screens and rely on voice access instead. It should start by plugging some glaring gaps with the basics 1) the company needs to add the ability to end a iPhone phone call with a voice command as you can on the HomePod, “hey Siri end call” 2)needs to add the auto-answer feature to the Apple Watch cellular; it is a phone after all 3) needs to give users the ability to toggle auto—answer on/off by Siri voice commands “hey Siri turn on/off auto-answer. Ironic that a feature designed to help people who can’t touch a screen requires you to...touch the screen to turn it on.
4) Dictation in Voice Control needs to become more accurate and productive for long form dictation. Needs to go way beyond dictating a short message like “Happy birthday” or “I will be home in 5 minutes”.

Hopefully, on this the International Day of Disabled People someone at Apple is listening
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple Logo Spotlight

Source: Apple to Announce New Products This Week

Sunday March 3, 2024 11:38 am PST by
Apple plans to announce new products with press releases on its website this week, a proven source familiar with the matter told MacRumors. While the products that Apple plans to announce have not been disclosed, there are rumors about new iPads, Macs, and accessories. It is unclear exactly what will be announced this week. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reiterated that Apple is planning new...
Apple Maps vs Google Maps Feature

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which Is Better?

Friday March 1, 2024 7:10 am PST by
Apple Maps has been providing navigational guidance to Apple users for almost 13 and a half years now, and much has changed about the app in that time. However, according to data from Canalys, the overwhelming majority of iPhones in the U.S. still have Google Maps downloaded as an alternative to Apple Maps, which comes preinstalled on all iPhones. We want to hear from MacRumors readers. Which do...
Apple MacBook Air 2 up hero 240304

Apple Announces New MacBook Air Models With M3 Chip

Monday March 4, 2024 5:04 am PST by
Apple today announced new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air models with M3 chip, improved external display support, Wi-Fi 6E, and more. Apple says that the new MacBook Air is up to 60% faster than the M1 model and up to 13x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Air. With a faster and more efficient Neural Engine, Apple says that the MacBook Air continues to be "the best consumer laptop for...
iPad Air 12

Gurman: No Apple Event Planned for Upcoming iPads and Macs

Sunday March 3, 2024 5:09 am PST by
Apple does not plan to hold a traditional event to unveil new iPads and Macs, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Instead, he said Apple plans to announce the products on its website with a "series of online videos and marketing campaigns." If this plan is accurate, we can expect the new products to be announced with press releases on the Apple Newsroom website. Gurman expects Apple to...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Gains Over 50 Movies for a Limited Time

Friday March 1, 2024 6:29 am PST by
Apple TV+ today gained over 50 movies, adding to its back catalog of content for a limited time. The collection includes a large number of popular and classic titles. Subscribers can access the movies in a "Great Movies on Apple TV+" section in the Apple TV app. Some titles are also available in 3D. Movies in the collection include: 21 Jump Street 300 American Sniper Argo ...
macbook air m1 unboxing feature

Apple Discontinues MacBook Air With M1 Chip

Monday March 4, 2024 5:08 am PST by
Apple today discontinued the MacBook Air with the M1 chip, which launched in November 2020 as one of the first Apple silicon Macs. In the U.S., the MacBook Air lineup now consists of the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip starting at $999, the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M3 chip starting at $1,099, and the 15-inch MacBook Air with the M3 chip starting at $1,299. For more details about...