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Apple Announces ‘Door Detection’ For Sight-Impaired

Apple has previewed a number of groundbreaking accessibility features that offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication and more.

Door Detection is a navigation feature for sight-impaired users.

According to Apple, this feature can help users “locate a door upon arriving at a new destination, understand how far they are from it and describe door attributes — including if it is open or closed, and when it’s closed, whether it can be opened by pushing, turning a knob or pulling a handle.”

On top of this, it can read signs and symbols around the door, “like the room number at an office, or the presence of an accessible entrance symbol.”

This feature uses the LiDAR Scanner, and therefore needs iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd and 3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th and 5th generation).

It will be available through an OS update later this year.

On top of this, Apple announced that users with physical and motor disabilities will be able to fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Mirroring; and the Deaf and hard of hearing community can now follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple is also adding 20 new languages and locales to its VoiceOver screen reader.

For Apple Watch, new Quick Actions mean a double-pinch gesture can answer or end a phone call, dismiss a notification, take a photo, play or pause media in the Now Playing app, and start, pause, or resume a workout.

“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.

“We’re excited to introduce these new features, which combine innovation and creativity from teams across Apple to give users more options to use our products in ways that best suit their needs and lives.”

These features will be available later this year with software updates across Apple platforms.

 



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