Although the meat of Apple’s accessibility information from WWDC has been lined, there nonetheless are different objects introduced which have relevancy to accessibility as properly. Here, then, are some ideas on Apple’s less-headlining bulletins that I imagine are most attention-grabbing from a incapacity perspective.
Accessibility goes above the fold
One of the tidbits I reported in the course of the week was that Apple moved the Accessibility menu (on iOS 13 and iPadOS) to the highest stage of the Settings hierarchy. Instead of drilling all the way down to Settings > General > Accessibility, the accessibility settings at the moment are a “top level domain,” in the identical record view as Notifications, Screen Time, and so forth. Apple additionally instructed me this transfer applies to watchOS 6 as properly.
Similarly, Apple mentioned they’ve added accessibility to the first-run “setup buddy” expertise. When somebody units up a brand new iPhone or different system for the primary time, the system will immediate them to configure any desired accessibility options akin to VoiceOver.
Both modifications are lengthy overdue and particularly vital symbolically. While it might not have an effect on the typical consumer a lot, if in any respect, the actual fact Apple is making this transfer speaks volumes about how a lot they look after the accessibility group. By transferring Accessibility to the entrance web page in Settings, it offers disabled customers (and by extension, accessibility) only a bit extra consciousness.
As a disabled particular person myself, this isn’t insignificant. This change reinforces Apple’s place because the chief within the trade in relation to making accessibility a first-class citizen; by elevating it to the highest stage, Apple is sending the message that accessibility is a essential facet of the working system, and a essential a part of the consumer expertise for therefore many, myself included.
Handoff for HomePod
I take pleasure in my HomePod for listening to music, podcasts, and controlling our HomeKit units. Until now, nevertheless, one of many largest annoyances with HomePod has been the lack to select up the place I left off. If I come dwelling from the grocery store listening to music or a podcast and need to maintain going, I’ve to cease and alter the output supply to my workplace’s HomePod. It’s not troublesome to…