A new accessibility feature is rolling out Manzanaas it will give iPhone’s the option of voice assistance with just a fifteen minute workout.
The feature is designed to “distill apps and experiences down to their essential features to lighten the cognitive load.” That includes a combined version of Phone and FaceTime, as well as modified versions of the Messages, Camera, Photos, and Music apps that feature high-contrast buttons, large text labels, and additional accessibility tools.
Apple says the features will arrive “later this year,” suggesting they could be part of iOS 17.
There’s also a new sensing mode in Magnifier to help users who are blind or have low vision, which is designed to help users interact with physical objects with numerous text labels. As an example, Apple says that a user can point their device’s camera at a label, like a microwave keyboard, that the iPhone or iPad will read aloud as the user moves their finger across each number or setting on the screen. the device.
Apple also highlighted a number of other features coming to the Mac, including a way for users who are deaf or hard of hearing to pair Made for iPhone hearing devices with a Mac. The company is also adding an easier way to adjust the text size in Finder, Messages, Mail, Calendar, and Notes on Mac.
Users will also be able to pause GIFs in Safari and Messages, customize the speed at which Siri speaks to them, and use Voice Control for phonetic suggestions when editing text. This all builds on Apple’s existing accessibility features for Mac and iPhone, including live captions, a VoiceOver screen reader, door detection, and more.
Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s senior director of global accessibility policy and initiatives, said in a statement, “These innovative features were designed with feedback from members of disability communities every step of the way, to support a diverse set of users and help people connect in new ways.”