Can you imagine if you are not being able to read printed words? What would your life be like if books, newspapers, websites, email, and even signs were all virtually incomprehensible to you? How would you get through the day? For up to one in five people are suffering from dyslexia these are not hypothetical questions, they are what are reality is.
Yet, thanks to Apple who does more to ensure that the technologies they are providing are accessible to a wide range of users including the disable people I have mentioned above, and moreover they are doing it at a higher pace than any other platform. This is how a reality like this can be challenged
You may have come across the fact by Christina Farr, who claimed that the National Federation of the blind and deaf users want Apple to do more to make their accessibility technologies more effective. She wrote and I am quoting that “Apple hasn’t been a steady champion”, however her inherent bias was clearly revealed when those advocates also said that
“Google has done far less to make Android devices accessible.
In Contrast Apple’s success with Chris Hofstadter’s review of Nexus 7’s claimed accessibility feature, he stated:
“Google insults the community of people with print impairments by claiming that this device is accessible.
The accessibility is, at best, a functional prototype of something better to come in the future but Google seems to believe that this is an adequate solution.”
Apple was one of the first consumer tech companies to recognize usability by people with disabilities as a necessary feature, dating back into the ancient history of the Apple II and original Macintosh. Apple set the standards in accessibility that other companies later followed.
Over ten years ago round about in 2004, Apple introduced a Spoken Interface Preview for OS X Panther, building upon on accessibility APIS introduced to developers at the previous years’ WWDC.
Apple CEO Tim cook said
“Push back against this unacceptable reality, they go to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from blindness and deafness to various muscular disorders,”
We design our products to surprise and delight everyone who uses them, and we never, ever analyze the return on investment. We do it because it is just and right, and that is what respect for human dignity requires, and it’s a part of Apple I’m especially proud of” It is also stated by Tim Cook.
IOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is even more accessible and updated. They will read what is displayed on the screen when invoked by a gesture or by asking Siri.
Improved Zoom feature
That lets a user change which part of the screen is magnified via dragging the edge of the window, with options to adjust zoom level.
Multi device support
It is made for iPhone hearing aids, allowing users to pair with multiple iOS devices so they can switch between them as needed.
A new system-wide Braille keyboard
Here they are Introducing a New Accessibility API for developers that make it easier to create accessible apps by doing most of the heavy lifting for them.
A new Accessibility Inspector
It is for developers to review the accessibility definitions in their user interface elements.
Apple was one of the first consumer tech firms to recognize usability by people with disabilities as a necessary feature, dating back into the ancient history of the Apple II and original Macintosh. Apple set the standards in accessibility that other companies later followed
The New feature was released as Voice over for OS X Tiger which was a critical moment for accessibility in IT– , Apple offered advanced software in OS , that previously cost users a hundreds of dollars to install and maintain.
Control your Mac — by voice
Apple provided its users with a very useful feature. i-e You can control your Mac using speech.
It introduced Braille display support in OS X , which use to send information about the thing displayed on the screen to the Braille display.
With Apple’s accessibility features the cursor was in complete access of users , they could select text and engage in several editing functions including cut, copy and paste etc .
To help its users remain focused on a single app, Apple’s prenatally controlled Guided Access technology exists.
In multimedia content Both OS X and IOS does support the captioning and subtitles.
Apple includes a mono audio setting for the users who are suffer hearing loss in one ear which can make them lose important audio elements when listening in stereo.
This was one of the most helpful feature introduced by Apple for the users having hearing or speech difficulties, this helped them in non-verbal communication by using sign language and facial expression.
Most of the people are used to of hearing phone ring and have no issues with it , but for the ones who don’t like it Apple provided the other options as Vibrating alerts , or The Light only options which enable the users
to set the LED flash to illuminate when calls come in without any ring or vibration.
For the people having difficulties with some gestures (such as pinch) Apple introduced some comfortable gestures through which the difficult ones are accessible easily– even shake and rotate can be accessed in this way.
Inverted colors, cursor size controls, Screen Flash, Slow and Sticky Keys, Speak able Items, Mouse Keys, Onscreen keyboard, Simple Finder, Larger Dynamic Type… there are literally dozens of options without any extra charges to help make Apple’s platforms more accessible to any user.
More than anyone
“Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company to date,” It is said by NFB President, Mark A Riccobono.
Apple’s inherent commitment to accessibility changes lives, as noted in this 2010 post. No one else offers so many accessibility features within the OS.
Hence Apple will remain the best platform for anyone with accessibility needs.