…a strong argument can be made that Apple has also led a software revolution equally as transformative but without nearly the bang in terms of press coverage. With iOS, Apple has created a rich and diverse set of tools for people with disabilities that enable them to use an iPhone with as much ease and delight as their non-disabled peers.
It’s for this reason the accessibility features on iOS are widely regarded as the best in the industry. This is no small feat, one that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you remember what cell phones were like before the iPhone came along.
Consider someone with low vision. He or she may have struggled to use a “dumbphone” with a display the size of a postage stamp, and a Multi-tap keyboard. But then they buy an iPhone, and their whole world changes. They now have a phone with a touchscreen and tech like Zoom, features which make it easier to use the device.
Suddenly, they’re texting with family and friends, looking up directions, and more with a fluidity like never before. Thus, it isn’t hyperbole to say iOS’s accessibility features have been every bit as game-changing for the disabled as the iPhone was to the mass phone market.
The company’s investment in this area is emblematic of its ethos to make products for everyone; it’s also a prime example of Tim Cook’s oft-repeated mantra that Apple strives to create products that “enrich people’s lives.”
The accessibility software on all of Apple’s platforms empower those with disabilities, myself included, to partake in the experience Apple intends for all users. Put another way, Apple products are inclusive by design.
“We see accessibility as a basic human right,” said Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager for Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple.
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On the App Store, Apple has updated the company’s Accessibility collection. That’s where App Store editors have carefully curated a list of the very best apps, by the very best developers, that are helping make the world a more accessible place. You can find apps specifically for vision, hearing, speech, learning, literacy, and motor accessibility there, and apps that tap into Siri to make the home more accessible as well.
For the iTunes Store, Apple has created a new collection featuring hundreds of movies with described audio, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Spectre, and many, many more. Described audio is just what the name implies—a voice over the speaks out the settings, actions, and emotions so people with limited or no vision can still enjoy everything that’s happening.
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