Every year, Apple uses its WWDC conference (this year from June 5 to 9) to present the next update to its operating system for iPhones: iOS. Between rumors of its mixed reality headset, new iMac and iPad products, and its major iOS update, the event promises to be full of all kinds of innovations and announcements. As the fateful date approaches, the American company is gradually rolling out new features that trigger this update.
An Access iOS accessibility update
These new features focus on visual, voice and cognitive accessibility. Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “At Apple, we’ve always believed that the best technology is technology designed for everyone”. The company based in Cupertino, California, in this sense, seems to want to make its products practical for the whole population, therefore offering innovative features aimed at improving the daily life of users.
Of these new tools, the most surprising is undoubtedly the “personal voice.” The tool can faithfully reproduce the user’s voice after the latter reads a series of random texts. This reading allows the iPhone or iPad to recognize and follow the voice. This feature was designed by the Californian company for those who suffer from disorders or diseases that alter their ability to speak, always with greater accessibility in mind. This is complemented by a “Live Speech” tool that enables the user to speak out loud what the user enters or pre-recorded sentences during phone calls to quickly intervene in the conversation. .
Other tools of this type have also been added to replace iOS 16 developed for Magnifier: it is now possible for visually impaired users to interact more easily with the objects around them, thanks to this. Talk” function. Using the camera app’s data and the iPhone’s functionality to allow a text to be spoken, the smartphone or tablet can understand the labels of a sharp object. These are spoken aloud, allowing users to better understand the objects in their daily lives. Finally, some of the existing tools in iOS 16 will now be fully customizable, satisfying a large number of users: the speed at which Siri speaks, which can be modified, or even the size of the text. This iOS 17 update will be available for download on Apple products in September 2023. The iPhone 15 should see the light of day on the same date.
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