Thursday, Would possibly 19 can be Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Accessibility—the design of methods which might be to be had to everybody—is one thing deeply necessary now not simply to Apple however to the Apple group. iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac are units that, very actually, strengthen the lives of folks with particular visible, audio, motor, and different wishes. So, here's what's coming subsequent.
At the App Retailer, Apple has up to date the corporate's Accessibility collection. That is the place App Retailer editors have sparsely curated an inventory of the easiest apps, via the easiest developers, which might be serving to make the arena a extra out there position. You'll be able to in finding apps in particular for imaginative and prescient, listening to, speech, studying, literacy, and motor accessibility there, and apps that faucet into Siri to make the house extra available as smartly.
For the iTunes Retailer, Apple has created a brand new assortment that includes hundreds of movies with described audio, together with Celebrity Wars: The Drive Awakens, The Martian, The Giant Brief, The Revenant, Spectre, and many, many extra. Described audio is simply what the identify implies—a voice over the speaks out the settings, movements, and feelings so other folks with restricted or no imaginative and prescient can nonetheless revel in the whole thing that is taking place.
On the Apple Retailer, Apple has made third-party equipment to be had that focus on accessibility. Examples come with the Skoog 2 available musical device, Humanaware Braille Presentations, and Ablenet switches. Past device and content material, those equipment make the hardware—and the arena round us—extra out there to these with imaginative and prescient, motor, and different particular wishes.
In case you are or know of someone who'd have the benefit of those applied sciences—who can be higher incorporated without reference to age, technological flair, or accessibility necessities—take a look at those updates and percentage them.
With nice platform comes nice duty. I am hoping each and every dealer steps up subsequent week and makes 2016 the most productive Global Accessibility Awareness Day ever.
In the event you've attempted out any of the brand new apps, content material, or equipment, how did they be just right for you?