Apple accessibility accessory sales reach out to users of all needs


From support for extra-large text rendering, to hands-free interfaces, smartphones already do a lot towards helping special-needs users interact with them. But sometimes software can only go so far, and users need to take advantage of some extra hardware in order to be able to work with phones and tablets in ways most of us take very much for granted. Apple has just taken a big step towards making such users feel welcome, as it begins selling accessibility hardware in its online store.

Apple's selling hardware targeted at improving access for users needing a little extra assistance with learning and literacy issues, varying degrees of visual impairment, and those living with physical restrictions.

The products available range from Braille displays, to customizable, easy-to-press input buttons, to cameras capable of tracking head movement.

Support varies based on the particular accessories we're talking about, but Apple's selling products designed to work with iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers alike.

Tech fans come in all shapes and sizes, and we're happy to see Apple doing all it can to make sure its products are accessible for as many interested users as possible.



source: Apple via 9to5 Mac

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3 Comments

1. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I've worked briefly in the accessibility sector before and the cost of these devices is mind blowing. The BI32 in the picture up there will cost some disadvantaged school kid upwards of $3000. Granted they will usually get govt support for that sort of thing and the fact they exist at all is great but they're not as readily available as the big, friendly corporations would like you to think. It should also be noted that these devices are compatible with Windows and Android as well. Not just Apple as this advertorial would suggest.

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

True, this devices cost thousands, but the article is just about Apple started selling it on their web store, that's about it, nothing more of less. I wonder what it actually cost at Apple Store, but I doubt it's gonna be any cheaper than the MSRP

3. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

Can someone please explain how's that of braille displays?!

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