Apple adds captions directly to its products.
One notable feature is the live video captions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This means that people who are hard of hearing, or anyone who wants to watch a video with the audio turned off, will see text at the bottom of the screen that they can read along with. Apple said it can be used in streaming services, FaceTime calls, and other video conferencing apps. A similar feature is already available on Google’s Android operating system.
The program will be launched later this year.
Apple has also introduced a new door detection feature that can help blind and visually impaired iPhone or iPad users find doors if they are unfamiliar with the area. The tool can also describe whether the door is open or closed and whether it can be opened by pushing, pulling, or rotating the handle. It uses lidar technology and machine learning to operate. Lidar is available on iPhone Pro and iPad Pro models.
Among other features, Apple is also adding a way for people with disabilities to mirror their assistive iPhone features on their Apple Watch, get alerts on the iPhone when you hear a doorbell or device sound, and more.
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