Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Apple iOS 6 offers more access for PwD's

Apple announced at press event yesterday that the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on September 19.

 The new iOS 6 looks to have gotten tons of new integrated features. One new feature that might be overlooked, but certainly deserves some attention, is the new Guided Access mode for iOS devices.

Guided Access is a form of accessibility software for operating system  and its make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent or teacher the ability to have full control of how an iOS device can be used. For example, the home button and all other hardware buttons can be locked, motion sensitivity can be disabled, or a certain portion of the screen can be made inactive toward touch.

VoiceOver, the screen reader for users who are blind and low-vision, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.

“And we have some great enhancements for accessibility” said Scott Forstall at Apple press event. The update will be free and available for iOS devices 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S; the 4th generation iPod touch; and the 2nd and 3rd generation iPads.

By Aqeel Qureshi GAATES news

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