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How to Get Siri to Respond to Your Voice When Your iPhone's Screen is Covered

Friday March 27, 2020 5:22 pm PDT by
Normally your iPhone will stop listening for the "Hey Siri" command when you place your device face down on a surface or the screen is otherwise covered. In these circumstances "Hey Siri" is automatically disabled until the situation changes. If you find this automated behavior inconvenient for your purposes, you'll be happy to learn that in iOS 13.4, Apple has added an option to always...

How to Make Your iPhone Display Dimmer Than Standard Brightness Controls Allow

Thursday January 17, 2019 2:07 am PST by
If the screen of your iPhone or iPad is too bright for comfort, the usual solution is to go to Settings -> Display & Brightness and drag the Brightness slider to the left, or open Control Center and adjust the corresponding setting from there. However, if the lowest setting offered by the Brightness level just isn't dim enough for you, there are a couple of ways to make your screen even...

How to Create a Virtual Home Button in iOS Using Assistive Touch

Wednesday January 9, 2019 4:49 am PST by
After testing some apps on an old iPhone 6 recently, I started to notice the device's Home button was becoming less and less responsive to finger presses, especially when it came to double-clicking it. Sure enough, after a few more days' use, the Home button stopped working completely. In memory of the Home button Now, ordinarily this would have left me in the unenviable position of having...

How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday November 21, 2018 3:26 am PST by
Apple includes an accessibility feature in iOS that's useful if you have a visual impairment, but can even come in handy if your eyes are simply tired or you're struggling to read something like small print, especially in poor light. It's called the Magnifier, and has several advantages over just opening up the camera app and zooming in to get a better look at something. Enabling it is ...

How to Set Up and Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

Thursday March 1, 2018 11:21 pm PST by
Apple includes a raft of accessibility options in iOS 11 to meet the various needs of its users, allowing them to customize their iPhone and iPad interface in several helpful ways. To make these features quicker to access, Apple also includes an Accessibility Shortcut feature in iOS 11 that, once set up, can be invoked using a triple click of the Home button (or Side button on iPhone X). This...

How to Make Icons and Fonts Bigger on Apple Watch

Wednesday June 17, 2015 1:39 pm PDT by
The Apple Watch screen is small. So small that it can be difficult for some people to read messages and other text on the device. Also, even though the Home screen icons get bigger when they are centered on the screen, you might find yourself accidentally tapping the wrong one more often than you'd like. Apple has included a couple of accessibility features that make dynamic text larger on the ...

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Google Maps Increases Visibility of Wheelchair-Friendly Locations

Friday May 22, 2020 3:08 am PDT by
Google is currently rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations. By enabling the app's Accessible Places feature, users can benefit from increased visibility of businesses and places of interest on the map that are marked as wheelchair-accessible, including whether a location has accessible...

Apple Highlights Global Accessibility Awareness Day With App Store Features and New Today at Apple Video

Thursday May 21, 2020 6:49 am PDT by
Apple today is marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day with several new features across its sites and services to promote inclusion and access to technology for anyone with a disability. On the front page of Apple.com, there's a new section today with the tagline "Works the way you do" that links to the company's existing Accessibility page, which highlights a number of personal stories...

Apple's Big Push to Improve Accessibility in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina

Thursday June 6, 2019 11:06 am PDT by
Apple is introducing several accessibility-friendly features with iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina, including Voice Control, Hover Text, and Mouse Pointer Support for iPhones and iPads. After the company's WWDC keynote on Monday, TechCrunch's iOS accessibility expert Steven Aquino sat down with Apple's Sarah Herrlinger, director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, who offered...

Apple Reveals 'Voice Control' Accessibility Feature Coming to Mac and iOS

Monday June 3, 2019 12:02 pm PDT by
As part of its macOS Catalina and iOS 13 unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new accessibility feature called Voice Control, allowing users to control their Mac and iOS devices entirely using vocal commands. Voice Control supports dictation and editing in both operating systems, along with comprehensive menu navigation. On iOS, the feature utilizes attention awareness to know when...

Apple Highlights Global Accessibility Awareness Day With Front-Page Feature [Updated]

Thursday May 16, 2019 6:57 am PDT by
Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, an event that promotes inclusion and access to technology for anyone with a disability. As it has over the past few years, Apple is marking the day by updating Apple.com in the United States and a few regions around the world with a message promoting accessibility: "Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone." On the Apple.com front...

Apple Highlights How iPhone Allows Blind Veteran and Surfboarder Scott Leason to Live Independently

Friday November 9, 2018 6:40 am PST by
Apple today shared a story about how the iPhone's accessibility features enable blind veteran and surfboarder Scott Leason to live independently. Scott Leason surfboards at Mission Beach A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Leason was blinded in 1993 after seven years of service. After years of adapting to his new normal, he received an iPhone 5 in 2012, along with training from Sarah T. Majidzadeh,...

Google Adds Morse Code Accessibility Feature to Gboard on iOS

Thursday July 12, 2018 12:53 am PDT by
Google has added support for Morse code typing to its Gboard app for iOS, providing an accessible method of digital communication for people with disabilities. The customizable feature replaces the letters of the keyboard with large dot and dash keys to enter text, and offers text-to-Morse sequences to the auto-suggestion strip above the keyboard. Google has also launched a Morse Typing...

Live Listen Coming to AirPods in iOS 12

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:56 pm PDT by
Apple in 2014 introduced a Live Listen feature that's designed to allow the iPhone to pair with hearing aids and then serve as a remote microphone that beams the audio the iPhone picks up to the hearing aids. As noted by TechCrunch, Live Listen is coming to the AirPods with the iOS 12 update, letting iPhone users position their iPhones as a directional mic and have the audio relayed through...

Apple Backs New USB Standard for Using Braille Displays Across Ecosystems

Thursday May 31, 2018 9:08 am PDT by
Apple has voiced support for a new Human Interface Device standard that will bring versatile support and overall improve the technology of future USB-connected Braille displays [PDF]. Set forth by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), a non-profit organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, the new standard will help make it easier for blind and low-vision users to use...

Vision-Focused Accessibility Efforts Made by Apple, Amazon, and Others Highlighted in New Report

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:35 am PDT by
A new article published last night by The Wall Street Journal takes a look into how accessibility-focused technology has the "potential to fundamentally change the mobility, employment and lifestyle of the blind and vision-impaired." The piece looks at advancements made by Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and other companies, including hardware and software like Amazon's Echo, Microsoft's Seeing ...

Apple's Everyone Can Code Curriculum Expanding to Schools Serving Blind and Deaf Students

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:35 am PDT by
Apple today on Global Accessibility Awareness Day announced that its Everyone Can Code curriculum is expanding to schools serving deaf, blind, or visually impaired students, starting with various locations in the United States in the fall. Initial list of participating schools:California School for the Blind (Fremont, CA) California School for the Deaf (Fremont, CA) District 75/Citywide...

Apple.com Updated With Focus on Accessibility Features of iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and More

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:18 am PDT by
Apple today updated the front page and accessibility section of Apple.com in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The event is held on the third Thursday of May every year and was created to promote inclusion and usability of technology for anyone with a disability. This year, Apple is highlighting its own accessibility features right on the home page of Apple.com, stating that...

Apple's Accessibility Efforts Highlighted in New Interviews Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Monday May 14, 2018 5:45 am PDT by
Thursday, May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and ahead of the event CNET has spoken to individuals with disabilities, accessibility advocates, and Apple's own director of global accessibility policy and initiatives, Sarah Herrlinger, to discuss the company's efforts in this field. Showing off the wheelchair workouts on Apple Watch, two-time U.S. Paralympian Austin Pruitt explained...

Apple Submits New Accessibility Emojis to Unicode Consortium

Friday March 23, 2018 11:15 am PDT by
Apple today submitted a new proposal [PDF] to the Unicode Consortium, suggesting the committee introduce a series of accessibility emojis in future Unicode releases. As outlined by Emojipedia, Apple has suggested emojis that include a guide dog, a hearing aid, a prosthetic arm and leg, sign language, a person in a wheelchair, and a person with a cane. Apple's full list of proposed emojis can...

Apple Donates $250K to Sponsor 'Innovation Zone' in Accessibility-Focused Playground Coming to Sunnyvale

Tuesday March 6, 2018 7:03 am PST by
The Magical Bridge Foundation, which helps build playgrounds for children and adults with disabilities and special needs, this week announced that Apple will help fund the foundation's latest playground, located in Sunnyvale, California's Fair Oaks Park. Magical Bridge Foundation's playgrounds are located in select communities in the Bay Area, including Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, and...

Cochlear Launches New Made for iPhone Hearing Implant in Partnership With Apple

Wednesday October 25, 2017 6:19 pm PDT by
As was announced back in July, Apple partnered with Australian company Cochlear to develop the Nucleus 7, the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant, which is able to stream audio from a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch directly to a surgically embedded sound processor. Cochlear's new Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is launching in Australia this week, and should soon also be available in...

Apple Used Bluetooth Low Energy Audio for Cochlear Implant iPhone Accessory

Thursday August 3, 2017 4:39 am PDT by
Late last month Apple revealed it had partnered with hearing aid company Cochlear to launch the first Made For iPhone Cochlear implant, which can stream audio from an iOS device directly to a surgically embedded sound processor. Now, in a new Wired article titled "How Apple is Putting Voices in Users' Heads – Literally", the company has offered up a few more details on how it was able to...

Apple Partners With Cochlear to Launch First Made for iPhone Hearing Implant

Wednesday July 26, 2017 6:48 am PDT by
Apple has partnered with hearing implants company Cochlear to launch the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant, which can stream audio from a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch directly to a surgically embedded sound processor (via TechCrunch). Cochlear implants are reserved for people with profound hearing loss that traditional hearing aids can't help to alleviate, and consist of both an...

Apple Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day With Stevie Wonder Concert

Friday May 19, 2017 7:59 am PDT by
Apple yesterday held a concert at One Infinite Loop in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This morning, CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a thank you to Stevie Wonder, who performed at the concert. Thank you to the incomparable Stevie Wonder for lifting hearts and celebrating accessibility with us! #GAAD pic.twitter.com/WvePkgte5R— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 19, 2017 The event marked one of ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Accessibility With Three Accessibility Activists

Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:42 pm PDT by
In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which takes place tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with three YouTubers to discuss the Accessibility features built into Apple's iOS and Mac devices. Each of the three YouTubers, who met Cook at Apple's campus for coffee, have shared their conversations with the CEO on their respective YouTube channels. All three, including legally blind...