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Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming

Apple introduces accessibility features for iOS 18 such as Eye tracking, Music haptics, Vocal shortcuts, and more for people with physical disabilities.

By: AISHWARYA PANDA
| Updated on: May 16 2024, 09:12 IST
WWDC 2024 expected announcements: Apple could unveil iOS 18, AI upgrades and more
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
1/5 WWDC 2024 location - Continuing the trend of yesteryears, WWDC 2024 will take place at Apple Park in Menlo, Cupertino, California, the home of the company since 2017. (Apple)
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
2/5 WWDC 2024 announcements - Apple has already announced that the WWDC 2024 will showcase advancements in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and visionOS. It is also designed to help developers by providing them insight into several frameworks, tools, features and access to Apple experts. (Unsplash)
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
3/5 iOS 18 - Despite not being confirmed, iOS 18 is pretty nailed on to be introduced at WWDC 2024, and it is likely to become one of the starring highlights. This is due to several AI upgrades that are in the pipeline. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says it could be one of the “biggest updates in iPhone's history”. Apple could unveil a Siri powered by Large Language Models (LLMs), whereas AI could be incorporated into apps like Music, Keynote, Pages, and even AppleCare. (Unsplash)
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
4/5 Other software - In addition to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and HomePod Software 18 are also likely to see the light of day. Moreover, Apple may also unveil visionOS 2, the software powering the Apple Vision Pro headset. (Unsplash)
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
5/5 Mac Studio, Mac Pro and other devices - Like last year, Apple may take the wraps off its new generation of Mac devices including Mac Studio, Mac Pro and Mac Mini, all of which could be powered by the new M3 chip. The iPhone maker also unveiled a 15-inch MacBook Air last year but no unveil is likely this time as M3-powered MacBook Air was already launched earlier this month. (Unsplash)
Apple announces new accessibility features for iOS 18: From eye tracking to vocal shortcuts, know what’s coming
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Check out the revealed iOS 18 accessibility features. (Apple)

Just before the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple revealed some of the useful accessibility features coming to the upcoming iOS 18 update. These features are specially designed for people with physical disabilities to use iPhones or iPads with ease. Apple said that the revealed features utilise the power of Apple hardware and software, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning to help individuals with disabilities. Know more about the accessibility features of the iOS 18 update.

iOS 18 accessibility features

  1. Eye Tracking: This iOS 18 feature is powered by on-device AI which will enable users to navigate apps and its elements in iPad and iPhone with their eyes. Apple highlighted that the features will leverage front-facing cameras to analyse where the users are looking and provide an easy setup process. Users can access several functions such as physical buttons, swipes, and other gestures via eyes.
  2. Music Haptics: This feature is designed for people who are deaf or have hearing problems. Therefore, the Music Haptic feature comes with a new iPhone Taptic Engine which “taps, textures, and refined vibrations to the audio of the music.” This functionality will be available for millions of songs in Apple Music.
  3. Vocal Shortcuts: This feature leverages Siri's speech recognition in iPhone and iPad, allowing users to choose any sound or phrase to trigger shortcuts. This allows users to utter their custom words and provide action to the device such as opening an app, making a call, or setting a timer. The feature uses machine learning capabilities to recognise user speech patterns.
  4. Vehicle Motion Cues: This feature is designed to reduce motion sickness and provide ease while you are on the go. Vehicle Motion Cues come with built-in sensors in iPhone and iPad to recognise when you're in a moving vehicle. While moving, the feature showcases animated dots in the display edges which help to reduce the mismatch between what your eyes see and what your body is experiencing.
  5. CarPlay accessibility features: iOS 18 will include several accessibility features for CarPlay such as Voice Control, Colour Filters, and Sound Recognition.

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