iOS 7 Has Many Useful Features for All Users, Regardless of Ability

Recently Apple released the new mobile operating system  for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 7

I received an alert about the upgrade and decided to install it on my iPhone. One of the things  I noticed almost immediately was the cleaner, less cluttered look. The interface is totally redesigned.

Although my iPhone is the first Apple product I’ve purchased or used, I’ve wasn’t really aware of Apple’s commitment to accessibility in its products.  In every  iOS release including iOS 7, Apple has been  committed  to accessibility.  The operating system builds on existing accessibility features such as Speak Selection, Guided Access, Assistive Touch, Zoom and VoiceOver. It also includes a number of new accessibility features that will benefit users with disabilities.

One feature that can benefit people with visual impairments is system wide large font.   With this feature enabled a user can select a larger font size for use in all compatible apps; the only caveat being that app developers must build in support for this feature. Once widely implemented by app developers this feature will make it easy to have the perfect text size in all your apps. Instead of selecting a preferred font size in each app users will be able to choose a font size once for all their compatible apps.

Not just individuals with vision impairments will appreciate the new wider fonts, As I grow older and my vision changes, this is a feature I appreciate.



WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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