The most underrated feature of iOS6

The most underrated feature of iOS6

Apple is like the big brother that people actually like, they do whatever it is in their power to make sure no one feels left out. A feature which is hardly bragged about but should not be underrated is the accessibility feature. iOS5 already included many accessibility features which many have had hours of fun pulling pranks on their mates and others have found quicker and easier ways to access their iDevices.

What many don’t realise is that Apple is one of the only mobile manufacturers who do not discriminate in making their devices. Their devices are made in mind with blind and low-vision people. Some may see this as a smart marketing move but in fact they hardly market this feature at all. iOS6 is the first time we have seen accessibility getting any sort of push. The accessibility features work across multiple core apps including the new Apple mapping feature.


Two specific features of Accessibility that are exciting in iOS6:

Guided Access: this is going to be useful for elderly, children and those with disabilities who may tend to touch areas of the screen they shouldn’t. Guided Access will help to disable certain parts of the screen.

Disable Home Button: this feature is going to help many who are using their iPad for showcase purposes, educational tests or any other sort of promotional purposes. Disabling the home button will mean the one app stays open all the time.

Cult of Mac made a video from the iOS6 Beta 2 release, see what you think below.

iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.

- apple.com