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Little touches in iOS 6 bring forward Apple's more humane side

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Little touches in iOS 6 bring forward Apple's more humane side
Among the many new features (200 to be exact), you might not have noticed that Apple is going the extra mile for accessibility options in the new iOS 6. What particularly caught our attention is that Apple noticed that many autistic kids are using and loving the iPad, but they often tap on the wrong place of apps, accidentally quitting them and this was frustrating for them. 

"We were surprised at how many kids with autism have been using the phones, but there are controls in apps that you don't want them hitting," and now this here realization that Apple said inspired them to bring Guided Access (the name of the new function) is particularly interesting.

It might be us, but this kind of attention to disabled kids is really touching and brings forward a more humane side of Apple. And while accessibility is nothing new, it seems that Tim Cook is pushing such kind of a social change in Apple’s attitude one step further.

Of coure, Guided Access is also officially said to be a feature that could allow teachers and administrators help their students/users concentrate on a particular task by disabling all border areas of a screen and the Home button, but Apple chose to highlight how it could help autistic kids.

Cupertino is also bringing integration with Maps, AssistiveTouch and Zoom for its VoiceOver screen reader for blind and low-vision people. Made for iPhone hearing aids are also on the way. 

Apple ended its keynote today on a typical note for the company. You can find the statement we’ve heard in previous years in one form or another below, but Guided Access gave it a different tune this time, don't you think?

"Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software, and services. We are so proud of these products. They are perfect examples of what Apple does best. Ultimately, it's why people come to work at Apple, and with Apple. To create products that empower people. To make a difference. The products we make, combined with the apps that you create, and fundamentally change the world."

Little touches in iOS 6 bring forward Apple's more humane side

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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:12 4

1. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Little? Yes, VERY little.... My mom uses an iPad three when she helps students (she is a special services teacher, and YES I had ADHD growing up, and my sister is dyslexic so I'll nip that one in the bud)

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:32

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


If you don't mind me asking, what OS in your opinion has more than little touches to provide a great experience for special needs folk?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:18 22

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


"Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software, and services. We are so proud of these products. They are perfect examples of what Apple does best."

I loled at this. too funny.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:35 9

5. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


LOL +1

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:41 5

6. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Actually it looks like political pamphlet of some totalitarian party in history or some dystopian future.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:32

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you are right actually. i guess suicides at foxconn were not humans or apple and PA have double standards.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 03:04 1

27. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


As Slavoj Žižek said, they solved this problem by putting protective nets on Foxconn building exterior on every floor in order to stop those suicides. For them, those workers are not humans.

I would agree with that. I'm sorry.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:21 8

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Sure, they are very humane and are out to help those who need it most...if they have really deep pockets...

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:31 7

4. mandkeee (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)


i am so proud that im using apple device such as (iphone 4s, ipod touch , ipad2 , mac pro , and mac book pro..)

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:45 11

7. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Apparently three people AREN'T proud of you...

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:46 4

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


+1 lol!!!

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:18 1

17. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


now 12...

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:01 5

10. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you guys make comments like everyone is supposed to have android devices...lol smh...

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:06 6

11. spoks (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Because apple's slogan for iOS 6 just put android as its master with these new features.hahahah

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:06 6

12. beillax (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I think this is great that Apple is doing this. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't see any other company stepping up and trying to help out kids with need.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:55 12

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


No correction needed. You gotta give it to Apple on the accessibility thing, they are considerable better at it than any other company. Google really needs to spend some time in that area of Android. As much as i love Android, simply doesn't measure up to iOS in accessibility. Sorry fellow Android fans, but I gotta give credit where credit is due.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:42 7

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thats why I respect you..

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:57 2

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


And I, you my friend.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:50

26. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yeah, i love iOS for their accessibility.. just hope google can step up.. this is one thing that i respect about iOS..

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:35 2

15. alan_1230 (Posts: 72; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


Honestly Apple isn't even thinking about a killer iPhone they are competing against them selves . they added 200 innovations lol i wonder where they are . and whatever they mentioned android has had them for years.... bye :)

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:19 1

18. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


is that your only agruement?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:28 1

20. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Obviously those features dont really matter if people are still buying iPhones without them. If people really wanted those features there's always cydia

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:23 1

19. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


It is sad that the majority of these comments are from people who don't own iPhones. It shows how much android fans really cares about the competition..

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:45 1

22. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I own both Android and iProducts, and I have an autistic child. He actually preferred my android phone over the wife's phone, until we bought him an iPod a couple of years ago. There are exactly lots of apps that I have downloaded for him on my Android phone, for free, that do quite well. When I go look at the iPAD apps for autism, they are really expensive as those developers are taking advantage of the situation the parents are in.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:59 1

24. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Ok I have a autistic brother. But I'm talking about theses guy who bashing apple for no reason at all. But does the apps do anyway?im curious

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 22:22 1

25. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Oh, we don't care about competition, we know iOS will NEVER catch up with Android at this rate. But we do care when Apple starts using these as ammo to sue others when it's very obvious that these features are already on Android way before iOS. Worst if the lawsuit actually passes and Android losses that feature or get a heavily modded one.

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