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Apple reveals software to make its products more inclusive

(Source: Apple)

Apple has unveiled new software features aimed at helping make it easier for users with disabilities to navigate, connect and get the most out of its products. 

The tech giant said the updates combine the company’s latest technologies to deliver customisable tools for users and build on Apple’s long-standing commitment to ensuring the products work for everyone.

The company says it has advanced its hardware, software and machine learning to match the demands as well as support people with different disabilities. For example, blind people or those with limited vision can use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last metre to their destination with Door Detection.

Users with physical and motor disabilities, who rely on Voice Control and Switch Control will now be able to fully control their Apple Watch from their iPhone using Apple Watch Mirroring. 

With Apple Watch Mirroring, users can control Apple Watch from their paired iPhone, with the option to use iPhone’s assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control as alternatives to tapping the display.

Meanwhile, the deaf and hard of hearing community can follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Apple also developed its screen reader VoiceOver with more than 20 new languages and locales. 

“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. 

Additional features such as Buddy Controller, Siri Pause Time or Voice Control Spelling Mode will be added later this year with software updates across Apple’s various platforms.

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