Apple Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day With Apps and Features

Posted by Evan Selleck on May 16, 2019 in News

Once a year, it’s time to shine a light on accessibility awareness. Which just so happens to be today. Which is why Apple is helping to celebrate the day on its website and on the App Store.

Apple has officially updated its landing page in the United States and in some other regions to highlight accessibility features baked into iOS and its other platforms. Apple stresses that technology is “most powerful when it empowers everyone”, and showcases a variety of different features meant to do just that.

“Taking a family portrait. Catching up over FaceTime. Raising the blinds to let in the morning light. We want everyone to enjoy the everyday moments that technology helps make possible, so we work to make every Apple product accessible from the very start. Because the true value of a device isn’t measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers you.”

On Apple’s website, it promotes accessibility features like VoiceOver, which “tells you what’s happening on your screen” with spoken word. This feature is available beyond iOS, too, from macOS to tvOS, and even watchOS. And Apple’s first-party apps feature VoiceOver out of the gate, which can “talk you through tasks you do with them”.

There are several other accessibility features highlighted on Apple’s website as well.

In addition to the website, Apple is also using the App Store to help celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The apps that Apple has chosen to highlight include Amazon’s Audible, djay, Ready to Roll, Proloquo2Go, Strava, and others.

[via Apple (1); (2)]

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