Can you imagine an electronic gadget being so advanced that it can speak in your voice? Yes, you’ve heard that right. Apple has equipped its devices with this new ability to speak in your voice. This is an extremely beneficial addition for those who might have lost their ability to speak or are visually impaired. This new set of personalized features previewed by Apple has been designed for accessibility to cognitive, hearing, vision, and mobility abilities.
An individual’s disability should not come in the way of a great experience of using a cell phone. Apple has included a new feature known as “Personal Voice,” which helps people who are unable to speak by creating a synthesized voice similar to theirs. Users will have to read a set of text prompts aloud for 15 minutes, and the device will be trained to generate personalized audio on an iPad or iPhone. The Live Speech feature allows users to have their messages read out to the concerned persons in their own voices; users only have to type what they wish to say.
Apple is also introducing a new feature known as “Assistive Access”, which is designed to extend support to users who have cognitive disabilities. The feature amalgamates the versions of FaceTime and Phone into a single Calls application. It also uses advanced and more refined versions of the Camera, Messages, Music apps, and Photos, which have large text labels, accessibility tools, and contrast buttons. Not only this, but the Magnifier app also has a new detection mode that will help users with visual impairment use physical objects that have multiple text labels. For instance, users who are visually impaired can hover their device’s camera over the text labels of the objects, and the iPad or iPhone will read the texts aloud when the user will move his fingers over each setting or number.
Apple is also reported to include some new features in Mac so that users who are hard of hearing can pair the “Made for iPhone” hearing devices with a Mac. There will also be a provision for users to easily adjust the text side in Messages, Calendar, Mail, Finder, etc. The new features will also give users control over the rate at which Siri will speak to them, pause GIFs in Messages and Safari, and also impart phonetic suggestions through the Voice Control feature to edit texts.
These features are likely to roll out sometime around later this year. They have the ability to meet the genuine requirements of people and make sure no individual feels left out.