Apple Announced A List Of Accessibility Features: Details Here

By Varushi Yadav | 
Updated: 18th May 2022 11:35 IST

Table Of Contents

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    Apple Will Be Assisting People With Disabilities
  • 2
    Live Caption Feature

Highlights of the Story

  • Apple’s Door Detection will work with devices carrying a LiDAR sensor.
  • Apple Watch Mirroring is designed to ease Apple Watch controls.
  • VoiceOver is getting 20 new locales and languages.

Apple revealed some new features aiming at assisting users with disabilities on Tuesday. The new features, which will be available later this year on the iPhone, Watch, and Mac. These are to use hardware, software, and machine learning advancements. In order to assist people with low vision or who are visually impaired. As well as those with physical or motor disabilities. Door Detection for iPhone and iPad users, Apple Watch Mirroring, and live captions are among the features.

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The company also announced VoiceOver updates, including 20 new locales and languages. One of the most useful accessibility features introduced by the company in its recent updates is Door Detection. This feature uses the LiDAR sensor on the latest iPhone or iPad models to help users locate a door.

Apple Will Be Assisting People With Disabilities

According to the company, the feature uses a combination of LiDAR, camera. It also uses on-device machine learning to understand how far users are from the door and describe the door’s attributes, such as whether it is open or closed.

When the door shuts, the Door Detection feature can assist individuals in trying to open it by pushing, having to turn a knob, or trying to pull a handle. It is also claiming to be able to read signs and symbols around the door, such as the room number, and to detect the presence of an accessible entrance symbol.

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The Door Detection feature will be available through the pre-installed Magnifier app. This will work with the Apple iPhone 13 Pro, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple iPad Pro 11 2020, Apple iPad Pro 11 2021, and Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 and Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021.

Live Caption Feature

The Door Detection feature will be accessible via a new Detection Mode in Apple’s Magnifier app. People Detection and Image Descriptions will be two new features. This can work alone or in tandem with Door Detection to assist people who are visually impaired or have low vision.

Along with the Magnifier updates, Maps will get sound and haptic feedback for users who have VoiceOver enabled to help them identify the starting point for walking directions, the company announced.


Company said that Apple Watch Mirroring uses hardware and software integration on the system. It is including AirPlay advancements, to allow users to use features including Blood Oxygen and Heart Rate tracking and Mindfulness app. The mirroring feature will work with the Watch Series 6 and later model

Smartwatch users will also be able to use the double-pinch gesture. Users will be able to use the double-pinch gesture to 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. It will be compatible with Watch AssistiveTouch.

According to the company, Live Captions will work with any audio content. It will be including phone and FaceTime calls, video conferencing or social media apps, streaming media content, and even when users are conversing with someone next to them.

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