Assistive Access makes iPhone easier to use for those with cognitive problems
With Live Speech, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, during phone calls and FaceTime calls a user can type what he wants to say and have it spoken out loud by his device so that it can be heard by the other parties on the voice or video call. Phrases often repeated by the user can be saved and quickly inserted into conversations with friends, family, and co-workers. Apple points out that Live Speech is “designed to support millions of people globally who are unable to speak or who have lost their speech over time.”
Live Speech allows those with talking disabilities to type out what they want to say on a voice or FaceTime call and the phone will announce it
For those in danger of losing their voice (as Apple notes, it could be a person who has recently been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or has a disease that progressively makes it harder to talk, a feature called Personal Voice will have them reading a random set of text for about 15 minutes on an iPhone or iPad. This feature integrates with the aforementioned Live Speech so that an iPhone or iPad user who has lost his/her voice can still talk with others using a recorded version of their voice.
Personal Voice lets an iPhone user record texts and phrases on the device to use with the aforementioned Live Speech feature
Another accessibility feature called “Point and Speak in Magnifier” helps those with visual disabilities read text labels on the buttons used to run household items. Using the rear camera, the LiDAR Scanner, and on-device machine learning, the user can focus his or her iPhone camera on the control panel of a microwave oven for example, and as the user moves his fingers over the image of a button on the touchscreen, the iPhone will announce the text associated with that button. This will help those who can’t see well still have control over some portions of their lives.