Apple today announced a number of new accessibility features coming to iOS 17, designed to help people with disabilities use their devices more easily.
One of the most significant new features is Live Speech, which allows users to have text read aloud to them in real time. This can be helpful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have difficulty reading. Live Speech can be used in a variety of apps and settings, including Messages, Safari, and Mail.
Another new feature is Personal Voice, which allows users to create a custom voice for their device. This can be helpful for people who have difficulty understanding the default voices, or who want to create a voice that sounds more like them. Personal Voice can be created using a variety of different voices and accents.
Point and Speak in Magnifier is a new feature that makes it easier for users to identify objects on the screen. When Point and Speak is enabled, users can simply point to an object on the screen and the device will speak the name of the object aloud. This can be helpful for people who are blind or have low vision.
Pause images with moving elements in Messages & Safari is a new feature that allows users to pause images with moving elements. This can be helpful for people who are easily overwhelmed by visual stimuli, or who have difficulty tracking moving objects. To use this feature, simply double-tap on an image to pause it.
Switch Control can turn any switch into a virtual game controller. This can be helpful for people with limited mobility who want to play games on their devices. To use Switch Control, simply connect a switch to your device and then assign it to a function. For example, you could assign a switch to move your character in a game, or to shoot a gun.
These are just a few of the new accessibility features coming to iOS 17. Apple is committed to making its products accessible to everyone, and these new features are a step in the right direction.