Apple puts accessibility features front and center

Although the flesh of Apple’s accessibility bulletin from WWDC has related to the implementation, there still are other components has declared that have relevancy to accessibility as well. Here, then, are some thoughts on Apple’s less-headlining bulletins that I believe are most interesting from a disability point of view.

Accessibility croaks above the fold

One of the dainties I reported during the week was that Apple moved the Accessibility menu( on iOS 13 and iPadOS) to the top level of the Settings hierarchy. Instead of instructing down to Settings> General> Accessibility, the accessibility settings are now a “top level domain, ” in the same list view as Notifications, Screen Time, and so on. Apple too told me this move applies to watchOS 6 as well.

Similarly, Apple said they’ve lent accessibility to the first-run “setup buddy” experience. When person mounts up a new iPhone or other device for the first time, the organizations of the system will motivate them to configure any hoped accessibility aspects such as VoiceOver.

Both deepens are long overdue and particularly significant symbolically. While it may not affect the average user much, if at all, the fact Apple is making this move speaks volumes about how much they care for the accessibility parish. By moving Accessibility to the front page in Settings, it renders incapacitated consumers( and by extension, accessibility) time a little bit more awareness.

As a disabled person myself, this is not insignificant. This convert buttress Apple’s position as the president in the industry when it comes to making accessibility a first-class citizen; by elevating it to the top level, Apple is sending the word that accessibility is a critical aspect of the operating system, and a critical part of the user experience for so many, myself included.

Handoff for HomePod

I enjoy my HomePod for listening to music, podcasts, and controlling our HomeKit maneuvers. Til now, however, one of the most important one annoyings with HomePod has been the inability to pick up where I left off. If I come home from the supermarket listening to music or a podcast and want to keep going, I has got to stop and modification the output informant to my office’s HomePod. It’s not very difficult to do, but from an accessibility attitude it’s a lot of extra taps. I clearly feel that bit of resistance, and curse the dance each time I have to go through the rigamarole.

With iOS 13, that resistance goes away. All I need to do is place my iPhone XR close to the HomePod( as if I were designating it up) and the iPhone will “hand off” whatever audio is playing to the speaker. Again, deepening root is not a huge deal in the magnificent intrigue of things, but as a disabled person I’m attuned to even the slightest drawbacks. Likewise with the ability to hear incoming iMessages read aloud to you on AirPods, these little refinements get a long way in not only having a more delightful, more seamless experience–it utters the experience more accessible, extremely. In this smell, these new technologies is mystical in more directions than one.

The victory of Voice Control

The addition of Voice Control is definitely a headliner, but the backstory to it certainly isn’t.

Everyone I’ve spoken to during the week, whether it be fellow reporters, makes or Apple hires, shared the same sentiment: Voice Control is so great . In fact, the segment of John Gruber’s live occurrence of his podcast, The Talk Show, where he and special guests Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak discussed the feature is a perfect example. It totally meshes with what I was told. Federighi explained how he had “friggin’ cries in my eyes” after watching an internal demo from mortal on Apple’s accessibility team.

Similarly, it was a hot topic of speech at the accessibility get-together at the documents of the conference. So many of the engineers and other members of Apple’s accessibility group shared with me how proud they are that Voice Control exists. I’ve heard that its development was a considerable undertaking, and for everyone involved to see it released to the world–in beta for now, at least–is thrilling and substantiating of the hard street the team took to get here.

At a high level, Voice Control strikes me as emblematic of Apple’s work in accessibility. Just watch the video 😛 TAGEND

It feels impossible, magical–but it’s solely real. And the best part is this is a game-changing feature that will enhance the experience of so many, so immensely. Federighi was not inaccurate to cry; it’s amazing stuff.

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