New Apple devices will contain additional accessibility features
In a previous blog post we described new accessibility features announced for the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update (http://digitalinclusionnewslog.itu.int/2017/09/12/new-accessibility-features-included-in-android-8-0-oreo/) Now, as apple launches its new smartphone models -iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – it remains clear that vendors of mobile devices shall remain aware of accessibility as a competitive advantage for reaching out to persons with disabilities.
What has been mostly discussed about these new models is the facial recognition feature which is intended to substitute former touch ID security mechanisms. This technology consists of infrared lasers that project thirty thousand points to create a 3D map of facial structures.
While this has been a concern in terms of accessibility, the organization claimed that the new feature will detect head movement patterns of persons with vision disabilities in order to complete the scan. A second option will be to enable VoiceOver instructions. Lastly, the iPhone 8 model will now have access to its accessibility functions from the side buttons through triple clicking.
Beyond defining whether the new accessibility features will be successful, what is clear is that mobile devices manufacturers are now introducing features for persons with disabilities in all of their models and updates. As this becomes more embedded in common market practices, it is likely that we will continue to see improvements that enable more people to use ICTs.