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According to Apple Newsroom, Apple is going to introduce new software features for Live Speech, Personal Voice, and Point and Speak in Magnifier, cognitive accessibility. On 15 May 2023, Apple previews these features.

The updates mentioned above can include on-device machine learning to secure the privacy of the users. Apple is collaborating with community groups to represent a broad spectrum of users. Tim Cook – CEO of Apple said that with these features everyone can create, communicate and do what they love.

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“At Apple, we’ve always believed that the best technology is technology built for everyone”  -Tim Cook, CEO Apple

“Accessibility is part of everything we do at Apple” – Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s senior director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives

Use of Live Speech and Personal Voice Advance Speech Accessibility

Live Speech is mainly designed for those users, who are unable to speak, those who have lost their speech over time, and those who are at risk of losing the ability to speak. With the help of this feature, users can type what they want to say to have it to be spoken loud during calls such as FaceTime Calls and Normal Phone Calls on their iPhones, iPads, and Macs. With this, users can also save commonly used phrases. So that these can be used quickly during lively conversations with family, and friends.

Personal voice is the secure and simplest way to create a voice that is similar to their voices. Users can create a Personal Voice by reading and with a set of random text prompts. With this users can record a 15-minute audio on their iPhones, and iPads.

Apple accessibility Personal Voice

Point and Speak for blind and low-vision users

New Detection Mode is added to Magnifier for the blind and low-vision users. this feature the blind and low vision features can interact with physical objects that have several text labels.

How does it work?

The Point and Speak combines the input from Camera in the LiDAR Scanner which is present in the module of the Front Camera of the iPhone. After that on-device machine Learning will announce the text on each button whenever the user moves the finger across the keypad.  Point and Speak is built into the Magnifier app on iPhones and iPads which works great with VoiceOver and can be used with the other magnifier features such as  Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions that help users to navigate their physical environment.

LiDAR Scanner in iPhone

Assistive Access for those users who have Cognitive Disabilities

Apple accessibility Assistive Access in iPad and iPhone 14 Pro Max Home Screen

The Assistive Access feature includes a customized experience for Phone Calls such as Normal Calls and FaceTime Calls, Camera, Music, and Messages. This feature offers a well-defined interface with high-contrast buttons and large text labels. It also has tools that enhanced the experience for the individual they support. For Example, for a user who used to communicate visually, the Messages app includes an emoji-only keyboard. it also has the option to record a video message and after that, you can share that message with your loved ones. The users can also choose between a more visual, grid-based layout for their Home Screen and app and a row-based layout for those users who prefer text.

Some Additional Features
  • Users that are Deaf or have difficulty in hearing can pair Made for iPhone hearing devices directly to Mac and customize them for their hearing comfort.
  • Users with physical and motor disabilities who use Switch Control can turn any switch into a Virtual Game Controller. With this, they can play games on their iPhones and iPads.
  • Users who are sensitive to rapid animations can automatically pause images with moving elements, such as GIFs, in Messages, and Safari.
  • For those users who use VoiceOver, Siri voices sound natural and expressive even at high rates of speech feedback. Customized options are provided for the users. With these options users can customize the rate at which Siri speaks to them. From 0.8x to 2x.
  • For users with low vision, Text Size is now easier to adjust across Mac apps such as Finder, Messages, Mail, Calendar, and Notes.
  • Voice Control adds phonetic suggestions for text editing so users who type with their voice can choose the right word out of several that might sound alike, like “do,” “due,” and “dew.” Additionally, with Voice Control Guide, users can learn tips and tricks about using voice commands as an alternative to touch and typing across iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Kshitiz Jangra is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA), he likes coding languages such as Python, C, and Java. He also has an interest in Smartphones and gadgets in the tech industry. Kshitiz likes to eat junk food from popular places in India.