Apple WWDC 2023: iOS 17 to bring some special features

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 17 and a range of new accessibility features for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

| Updated on: May 19 2023, 15:48 IST
Apple WWDC 2023 event: iOS 17, 15-inch MacBook Air and more set to launch soon
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1/5 iOS 17: One of the most highlighted announcements of WWDC 2023, Apple is expected to stuff your iPhones with new features. From a dedicated Journal app, a Mood Tracker, a Control Center upgrade, increased functionality for Dynamic Island, added features for Apple Music, and much more -- iPhone fans have a lot of expectations from iOS 17. (Pexels)
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2/5 15-inch MacBook Air: As per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, a larger MacBook Air can be launched at the event. The device is expected to feature a 15.5-inch display and will be powered by either the 8-core or 10-core GPU variants of the M2 chipset.  (HT Tech)
3/5 Mixed Reality Headset: Apple's highly-anticipated mixed reality headset may also be unveiled at the upcoming event. According to rumours, the headset is expected to come equipped with dual 4K micro-OLED displays and numerous cameras to map the environment and monitor facial expressions, gesture-based control methods, and more. (Representative) (AFP)
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4/5 watchOS 10: Not just iPhones, but Apple Watch users are expected to get the watchOS 10 announcement. It may come with some important features such as a new widget system to check information without opening the app, a customizable Digital Crown, a redesign for Apple Watch Home Screen, and more. (HT Tech)
5/5 Other software updates: Moreover, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and tvOS 17 are also expected to be introduced.  (Unsplash)
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iOS 17 likely to amaze people with its advanced software at Apple WWDC 2023. (Unsplash)

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 17 and a range of new accessibility features for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, took to Twitter to share the news, stating, "At Apple, we believe technology should empower everyone to pursue their passions. We're thrilled to offer a preview of new accessibility features that will enable even more people to follow their dreams."

Here are the key accessibility features introduced by Apple:

Assistive Access

This feature likely to support individuals with cognitive disabilities, Assistive Access streamlines Apple applications and experiences to their core functions. Additionally, it merges the iPhone and FaceTime apps into a single interface. The feature employs a high-contrast layout with prominent buttons and large text labels, while also allowing trusted supporters to personalise the experience for the user.

Live Speech and Personal Voice

This feature will likely enable users to type messages that are played aloud during phone calls or FaceTime conversations. It also provides the option to save frequently used phrases for verbal playback. The Personal Voice feature is particularly beneficial for those with conditions like ALS, allowing them to generate a voice that closely resembles their own. To create a Personal Voice, users read a set of text prompts, recording 15 minutes of audio on their iPhone or iPad.

Point and Speak

This feature will facilitate the usage of physical objects with text labels for individuals with visual impairments. Integrated into the magnifier app, this feature leverages camera input, LiDAR Scanner data, and machine learning to help users navigate everyday objects such as microwaves and refrigerators.

In short, Apple's commitment to enhancing accessibility further strengthens its dedication to inclusivity and ensuring technology is accessible to all users. The release of these new features later this year will empower a broader range of individuals to fully utilise their Apple devices.

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First Published Date: 19 May, 15:46 IST