While the accessibility features for mobile devices are generally aimed at those with vision problems, hearing loss, or limited mobility, the accessibility features in Apple’s mobile operating systems can increasingly benefit all users. With the launch of iOS 14, several high-profile accessibility features like tone recognition, tap back, headphone fitting, and other great features made it into the mainstream. We give you an overview of how you can use them.
Sound detection was supposedly designed for users with hearing loss and works by having your device listen to and detect certain sounds to warn you when they are heard. A list of predefined sounds contains common sounds in your home in four categories: alarms, animals, household and people. It contains items like doorbells, sirens, pets, crying babies, or running water. You can set up the feature to play sounds that are only important to you. Once set up, sound detection notifications will appear on your lock screen.
To set this up on an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings> Accessibility> Sound Detection and tap to activate it. If you have a second device, you can use it as a real-time baby monitor to alert you when your baby is crying or when your dog starts howling. Note that the “Hey Siri” wake-up word will not work when you are using the sound detection feature.
To activate and deactivate the tone detection quickly, you can set it via in the Control Center Settings> Control Center> More Controls and tap Sound detection Symbol. Then drag and drop it to the desired location. Tap and hold the Sound detection Icon in the Control Center to select the sounds your iPhone should listen to. While this is a handy feature, Apple cautions users not to rely on it in an emergency.
Back tap, as the name suggests, involves physically tapping the back of your phone, triggering quick actions with a double or triple tap gesture. Configured correctly, tapping back can save you time and effort. You can do everything from taking a screenshot to activating the availability function. To enable Back Tap, go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Back tap. Then choose Double tap and your preferred quick action from the four categories. Then repeat the same procedure for that Triple tip Choice. The disadvantage is that Back Tap only works on an iPhone 8 or higher and also excludes the iPhone SE (201
If you have AirPod or Beats headphones, you can now customize your music by going to Settings> Open Settings> Accessibility> Audio / Video and search Headphone accommodation. These controls allow you to refine the sound of your headphones to bring out different aspects, such as: B. singing for phone calls or other types of media playback. A custom audio setup option provides the ability to run a series of A / B tests so you can find the best setting for your hearing as the changes can be minor. The feature also works with the AirPods Pro’s transparency mode to amplify soft voices. While this feature only works for AirPods or AirPods Pro second generation and certain Beats headphones, some third-party headphones have paired apps that can be used to make similar adjustments.
Sign language and VoiceOver
FaceTime can now recognize when a conversation participant is using sign language and highlight that person in a group call. VoiceOver detection has also been improved so that the feature detects certain unsupported screen elements. For example, the VoiceOver screen reader can now recognize and articulate more onscreen elements such as text from pictures or photos.