iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
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Accessibility in iOS 8

One of the best things about iOS is Apple’s commitment to accessibility. For instance, Apple has made the iPhone useable for the visually impaired. But everyone can benefit from iOS 8’s accessibility features, many of which make things easier for all. An example is AssistiveTouch, which can help you work around broken buttons .

① 	AssistiveTouch is just one of many ways that iOS’s accessibility features help us all.

① AssistiveTouch is just one of many ways that iOS’s accessibility features help us all.

Accessibility for Everyone

Several accessibility settings are useful for almost anyone. You can find them in Settings > General > Accessibility:

② 	With the text size turned up, and Bold Text enabled, readability is dramatically improved. (Compare to the figure below, which shows the standard text size with Bold Text off.)

② With the text size turned up, and Bold Text enabled, readability is dramatically improved. (Compare to the figure below, which shows the standard text size with Bold Text off.)

③ 	Button shapes make otherwise vague textual labels easier to detect. (Compare to the figure above, where Button Shapes is off.)

③ Button shapes make otherwise vague textual labels easier to detect. (Compare to the figure above, where Button Shapes is off.)

④ 	On/Off labels make it more obvious if a setting is enabled or disabled.

④ On/Off labels make it more obvious if a setting is enabled or disabled.

Note: Learn more by reading my TidBITS article Work Around a Broken iPhone Button with AssistiveTouch.

Tip: You can combine Grayscale with Invert Colors. Try it! It can be useful for reading in dark rooms.

iOS 8 for the Visually Impaired

A few of the options already described in this chapter might prove useful to those who have trouble seeing, but the choices noted here, all available in Settings > General > Accessibility, should be especially helpful:

Quick On, Quick Off

A triple-press of the Home button can turn an accessibility switch on or off. To set this up, open Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. Select the options you want available through a triple-press. If you select more than one, triple-pressing the Home button brings up a menu.

New! Zoom in iOS 7 had no options, but it has many in iOS 8, including multiple lens modes, magnification choices, and the option to not magnify the keyboard.

iOS 8 for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf

Other Accessibility Options

Note: ATMac is well-known resource for accessibility-related information for Apple technology. The site has a helpful article, iOS 8 Accessibility Roundup.

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