Apple Disabilities

Apple has previewed new iPhone and iPad software, coming later this year, for people with cognitive disabilities. They’re part of the company’s Assistive Access suite of features and aim to “lighten the cognitive load,” according to the company.

For instance, the iPhone and FaceTime have been combined into a single Calls app. Also, the interface has high-contrast buttons and large text labels, as well as tools to help those with disabilities and their caregivers to tailor their experience.

Additionally, for users who prefer communicating visually, Messages includes an emoji-only keyboard and the option to record a video message. Users and trusted supporters can also choose between a more visual, grid-based layout for their Home Screen and apps or a row-based layout for users who prefer text.

The preview also included the introduction of features for people with speech impairments or who are unable to speak, and for those who are blind or have low vision.

Read more about the new features in the Apple press release.

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