Apple Short Film Highlights Accessibility Features

From CNET: Apple on Wednesday released a short film highlighting the company's efforts to make its products more accessible, ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3. The iPhone maker showcased features like Detection Mode, Voice Control and AssistiveTouch, which it's released over the last few years to help users with disabilities better navigate iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches.

Detection Mode rolled out earlier this year, and is built into the Magnifier app on iPhone and iPad. It gives users who are blind and low-vision a description of their surroundings using information from the camera, the LiDAR scanner and machine learning.

As part of Detection Mode, Door Detection helps blind and low-vision users find a door and know how far they are from it. It can also describe whether the door is open or closed and, if closed, how to open it. Door Detection can also read signs and symbols such as a room number.

Another component of Detection Mode is People Detection, which lets blind and low-vision iPhone and iPad users know how close someone is to them. Detection Mode also speaks aloud general image descriptions of someone's surroundings, similar to Google's Lookout app.

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