Apple previews innovative accessibility features combining the power of hardware, software, and machine learning

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Software features coming later this year offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication, and more

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today previewed innovative software features that introduce new ways for users with disabilities to navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products. These powerful updates combine the company’s latest technologies to deliver unique and customizable tools for users, and build on Apple’s long-standing commitment to making products that work for everyone.

Long-term followers of the platform will know that the Advisory Board of the platform (including our CEO Gary) includes some BIG Apple fans/nuts.  So we are yelling with delight over this preview.  This can be another justification for getting Apple gear on your NDIS plan.  HUZZAH! Apple.

Using advancements across hardware, software, and machine learning, people who are blind or low vision can use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last few feet to their destination with Door Detection; users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control can fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Mirroring; and the Deaf and hard of hearing community can follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple is also expanding support for its industry-leading screen reader VoiceOver with over 20 new languages and locales. These features will be available later this year with software updates across Apple platforms.

“Apple embeds accessibility into every aspect of our work, and we are committed to designing the best products and services for everyone,” said Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s senior director of Accessibility Policy and Initiatives. “We’re excited to introduce these new features, which combine innovation and creativity from teams across Apple to give users more options to use our products in ways that best suit their needs and lives.”

Long-term followers of the platform will know that the Advisor Board of the platform (including our CEO Gary) includes some BIG Apple fans/nuts.  So we are yelling with delight over this preview.  This can be another justification for getting Apple gear on your NDIS plan.  HUZZAH! Apple.

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