iOS 8 isn't too far away, but, in the meantime, if you're still unsatisfied with the appearance of iOS 7, you can take advantage of some settings to adjust how your iOS device looks. Some options, such as Reduce Motion, speed up your phone by disabling animations. Others, such as Button Shapes and Bold Text, arguably make iOS 7 more readable. Make these changes by going to Settings > General > Accessibility.
You've surely noticed the small, patterned dots that appear on signs. Such dots are used by hundreds of thousands of legally blind and visually impaired people to help understand the world around them — the same way that sighted folks use texts and symbols. January is Braille Literacy Month, so it’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with braille. Whether you'd like to learn how braille readers process braille or you're curious as to how standard text translates to braille, there’s plenty to learn about the coded dots. We've collected eight apps that will introduce you to braille, how it's used, and how to use it.
Looks like Apple picked the right time to launch its iTunes Radio based on the streaming-music numbers (and to think how everyone said Cupertino should have done it sooner). A long-lost app returns to the App Store, the Activation Lock feature gets some serious testing, a sneaky bit of malware is making the rounds, and Google Maps makes it to the iPad at long last. That and more, just step right this way.
Apple invested big in accessibility on iOS, with magnification, voiceover support – which lets your device read text and menus aloud to you – and voice commands supported out of the box, improving the lives of disabled folks of all stripes. But the built-in accessibility tools are just the tip of the iceberg, especially for the visually impaired. The App Store is full of great apps to help blind and partially-sighted people get the most of their iOS devices. Here are 10 of the best.
Remember when we thought that mere touch controls were cool? That sounds so last century in relation to the revelation that the beta for iOS 7 supports the ability to control iPhones by simply moving your head from left to right.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Whether you’re pulling a prank, or just want to have an easy text-to-speech solution for your Mac, OS X’s “say” command is definitely for you. With just one command, you can have your Mac speak any text you type, and then save that audio out as a file that can be played back at your will. Continue reading and we’ll show you how it’s done.
One of the best things about computers is that they sometimes have the potential to be a great equalizer, with technology assisting people to do things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. With this concept in mind, it’s easy to think about doing something creative or fantastical. But often, equalization through technology can be about more mundane tasks: reading web pages, writing text, opening documents and so on.
Is Apple working overtime preparing iOS 5 ready for release? That would appear to be the case, as the company slipped out Beta 5 of the next mobile operating system on Saturday, a rare move that is likely to make for a few cranky developers this lazy August weekend.
Much like Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 simply has too many new features for Apple to spend a two-hour keynote detailing them all. If the 10 features revealed at WWDC 2011 on Monday have whet your appetite for more, strap in and click on to find out some of the cool stuff coming this fall that Apple didn’t talk about in San Francisco.