New Accessibility Features for the iPhone

More Access For iPhone

Apple has released a bundle of new features for the iPhone designed for cognitive, vision, hearing, and mobility accessibility. These include a Personal Voice feature that allows users to create a synthesized voice to talk with friends or family members.

Additionally, Apple is introducing streamlined versions of its core apps to support users with cognitive disabilities who use an iPhone. Work on a “custom accessibility mode” was spotted in an iOS 16.2 beta release.

Mac Computers

As well, Apple has announced a number of accessibility features for the Mac, including a way for deaf or hard-of-hearing users to pair Made for iPhone hearing devices with a Mac, an easier way to adjust the size of text, pause GIFs in Safari and Messages, customize the rate at which Siri speaks to them, and use Voice Control for phonetic suggestions.

These features are designed with feedback from disability communities to support a diverse set of users and help people connect in new ways via the iPhone or with their Mac desktop.


Apple has been keen to bring inclusivity to its products, thinking back to their accessible emojis

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