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

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?



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27 Comments

1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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)

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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?

2. GeekMovement unregistered

"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.

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

LOL +1

6. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

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.

27. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

4. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

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

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

+1 lol!!!

17. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

now 12...

10. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

11. spoks

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

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

12. beillax

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thats why I respect you..

23. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

And I, you my friend.

26. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

15. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 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 :)

18. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

is that your only agruement?

20. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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..

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

24. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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

25. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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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