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It works like a digital magnifying glass, using the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to increase the size of anything you point it at — from a prescription bottle to a candlelit menu. People Detection uses technology that measures how long it takes light to reflect back from objects, helping you do things like better navigate a noisy area or find an empty seat with ease. The LiDAR Scanner in iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, 12.9‑inch iPad Pro (4th generation or later), and 11‑inch iPad Pro (2nd generation or later) can determine a person’s proximity to you, so you can stand or walk at a safe distance from other people around you.
A single setting lets you make text larger and easier to read across apps in iOS — including Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, Music, Notes, Settings, and some third-party apps. In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can even customize text size settings on an app-by-app basis.
Enlarge an area of your screen on the fly. And in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, you can get a picture-in-picture view, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its native size.
AssistiveTouch for watchOS enables people with upper-body limb differences to use Apple Watch without ever having to touch the display or controls. Using built-in motion sensors and on-device learning, Apple Watch detects subtle differences in muscle movements and tendon activity, letting you control the display through hand gestures like a pinch or a clench. This feature also works with VoiceOver so you can navigate Apple Watch with one hand while using a cane or leading a service animal. Answer incoming calls, control an onscreen motion pointer, and access Notification Center, Control Center, and more.1
AssistiveTouch for iOS and iPadOS helps you adapt standard gestures like pinch, rotate, or swipe to make them more comfortable for you. You can make other actions, like changing volume, accessible with just a touch from the AssistiveTouch menu.
A double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone can be set to trigger all kinds of actions, like opening Control Center, taking a screenshot, or cueing a favorite app. A great way to replace standard Home Screen gestures when they become tricky.2
Customize your audio experience to your individual hearing needs. With your iPhone or iPad, you can amplify soft sounds or adjust certain frequencies to make media and phone calls sound more crisp and clear through your headphones. Or quickly adjust audio settings with your latest hearing test results imported from a paper or PDF audiogram. Conversation Boost for AirPods Pro helps you stay more connected while talking to people in crowded or noisy environments. Computational audio and beamforming microphones focus AirPods Pro on the voice of the person directly in front of you, making it easier to hear face‑to‑face conversations.
Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids and sound processors designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apply your audiologist’s presets without having to rely on additional remotes, or adjust your own levels as you move from quiet environments to louder ones. Support for new bidirectional hearing aids allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to have hands-free phone and FaceTime conversations.
Live Listen can help you hear conversations in loud settings, or amplify someone speaking across the room, by sending audio from iPhone or iPad to supported wireless headphones or Made for iPhone hearing aids.3 Live Listen now supports noise cancellation to better distinguish speakers’ voices from background noise.
Reduce the visual clutter and strip away ads, buttons, and navigation bars so you can just focus on the content you want. You can choose to use Safari Reader automatically on websites where it’s available.
If you learn or comprehend better when you can hear what you’re reading or writing, features like Speak Screen, Speak Selection, Typing Feedback, and Predictive Text can help by adding an auditory component to text.4
Background sounds can minimize everyday sounds that might be distracting, discomforting, or overwhelming. Balanced, bright, or dark noise and ocean, rain, or stream sounds continuously play in the background to help you focus, relax, or rest. Background sounds can also mix into or duck under other audio and system sounds as you use your device.
Watch movies with detailed audio descriptions of everything happening in the scene — from a character’s expression to the mood of the shot. Audio Descriptions are available for all Apple TV+ original content.
Navigate your iPad with only your eyes. iPadOS supports third‑party eye‑tracking devices.5 Compatible devices track where you’re looking onscreen, and the pointer moves to follow your gaze. Extended eye contact performs onscreen actions, like a tap to select.
Move up two lines.Select sentence.CAPITALIZE THAT.
Use a variety of adaptive devices and item, point, and manual scanning to navigate sequentially through onscreen elements and perform specific actions. Switch Control works with accessories like a switch, a joystick, a keyboard space bar, or a trackpad. It now also works with simple mouth sounds like a click, pop, or “ee” sound.
Get an alert for incoming phone and FaceTime calls, new texts, email messages, and calendar events through vibration on iPhone or a quick LED light flash on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you’re on a Mac, it can flash the screen when an app needs your attention.
If you use sign language, FaceTime is an ideal way to communicate. The high-quality video and fast frame rate help you catch every gesture or expression — and when you join a Group FaceTime call, it will detect your signing and automatically make you prominent.7