Ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures in iOS that ev­ery­one should try

The Ac­ces­si­bil­ity menus hold lots of lit­tle tweaks to make your iPhone and iPad eas­ier to use, ex­plains Ja­son Snell

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If you’re some­one who doesn’t have any spe­cific rea­sons to go there, you may have never ex­plored the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity set­tings on your iPhone or iPad. While it’s true that those set­tings are there pri­mar­ily for peo­ple who have spe­cial phys­i­cal needs to mod­ify how a de­vice’s in­ter­face works, the fact is, many peo­ple who don’t con­sider them­selves in need of any sort of ac­com­mo­da­tion can find some­thing of value in these set­tings.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity has be­come a place where Ap­ple buries some spe­cific de­tails about how its de­vices be­have – and that’s why you should take a stroll through those set­tings some­time just to see if they solve prob­lems you didn’t even re­al­ize were solv­able. Here are some of my favourites.

iOS ac­ces­si­bil­ity

In iOS, Ac­ces­si­bil­ity set­tings are lo­cated in the Set­tings app. First tap Gen­eral, then tap Ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Zoom: If your eyes aren’t what they once were, con­sider turn­ing on the Zoom set­ting, which lets you mag­nify the iPhone screen with a ges­ture – dou­ble-tap­ping three fin­gers.

Mag­ni­fier: This set­ting was just pointed out to me this past week­end at a pre­sen­ta­tion I was giv­ing to a group of mostly re­tired peo­ple. Ac­ti­vated with a triple-click of the home but­ton, Mag­ni­fier looks very much like the in­ter­face to the iPhone’s cam­era. But there’s an ex­plicit zoom slider and the shutter but­ton is there not to take a pic­ture, but to sta­bi­lize the im­age of what­ever you’re mag­ni­fy­ing so you can study it. If you’re frus­trated by not be­ing able to read in­cred­i­bly small type, Mag­ni­fier can be the so­lu­tion.

Colour Fil­ters: Lo­cated within the Dis­play Ac­com­mo­da­tions menu, Colour Fil­ters let peo­ple who are colour blind dif­fer­en­ti­ate

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