iOS 12 has a new, seemingly simple accessibility feature with a huge potential. It’s called Live Listen. It makes an audio bridge between your iPhone’s microphone and the AirPods. This means that you can directly route the audio that iPhone’s microphone picks up to the AirPods that are in your ears. It’s designed to help users with a low hearing but you can use it in many different circumstances.
There’s no Home button on the iPhone X. This means you need to relearn more than a dozen new gestures. Maybe you don’t like some of them. Maybe they’re a bit too awkward for you, at least for now. If you’re looking for a stop gap, you’ll find the answer in AssistiveTouch. Apple’s accessibility feature essentially behaves as a software home button that can do a lot more than just take you home.
iOS 11 has a hidden feature that automatically answers a phone call for you. This can be a cellular call or a VoIP call from apps like WhatsApp or Skype. If you’ve been around the internet for a long time, you might remember Nokia phones with a similar feature.
No, we still don’t have the official dark mode that we’ve been wishing for since the past couple of years. But in iOS 11, there’s a new Accessibility feature that gets us really close to what we want to see. The new Smart Invert feature inverts UI colors like the background, buttons, text but it leaves off media like images, icons and other assets.
Being able to hear written text on your phone read aloud to you can serve multiple purposes. If you have any type of impaired vision, it can certainly help in that regard. It’s also useful in settings where you don’t have the time nor capability to stare at your phone and read large blocks of text. Perhaps you want to treat whatever your reading as an audiobook of sorts.
Yes, we have 5.5 inch iPhones now. But huge screens don’t translate to blown up content. It’s possible that iPhone’s default settings for text and UI elements are just a tad small or difficult to read. It’s a natural thing. With age, the eyes start deteriorating. Hell, I’m 24, I have glasses and I still find the text a bit too small by default.
iOS is the clear leader when it comes to smartphone accessibility. It’s awesome to see blind and different abled users get access to technology in the palm of their hands. And Apple is committed to make this a better experience for many users. And in iOS 10, they’re adding a new Color Filters option to help compensate for color blindness.
If you routinely give your friends access to your iPhone, to make a call or to see some photos, you know they almost always end up snooping around. If you want to prevent this from happening, you can use a built-in Accessibility feature in iOS called Guided Access. This is also useful if you have kids and you hand them your iPhone or iPad to watch videos but don’t want them accidentally using everything that’s on your iPhone.