Apple announces iOS 5 with accessibility improvements

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011 17:16pm

The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, has been announced with new and improved accessibility features for people with disabilities.

New accessibility features in iOS 5 include:

  • Support for specialised hardware accessories for people with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities
  • LED flash and custom vibration settings that let people who are Deaf or hearing impaired see or feel when someone is calling
  • Improvements to VoiceOver, including custom element labelling that enables you to add personalised spoken labels for menu options (e.g. an unlabelled button)

These features add to the already extensive list of accessibility features in iOS 4 which has made iPhone the smartphone of choice for people who are vision or hearing impaired. Key features include a high quality screen reader and screen magnifier for people who are blind or vision impaired, and FaceTime, which allows people who are Deaf or hearing impaired to video chat using AUSLAN.

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