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Apple is poised to add several significant advancements to accessibility in iOS 5, such as LED flash on calls, custom gestures and personalized vibration alerts.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, touting a number of major improvements to the customizability of iOS for users with disabilities. The update is due out this fall.

"iOS 5 comes with innovative new features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices," Apple notes on its website. "iOS 5 works with specialized hardware accessories.

"The LED flash and custom vibration settings let you see and feel when someones calling. And improvements to VoiceOver include custom element labeling. These are just a few of the ways iOS 5 continues making advances in the field of accessibility."

As the iPhone maker has steadily ramped up accessibility features in iOS, adoption among users with disabilities has increased. Apple's iPad and iPhone have been praised by members of the blind community recommending the devices.

A new Assistive Touch feature will allow customized gestures as macro shortcuts. The feature is still under development, however, as there doesn't yet appear to be a way to link new gestures to specific actions.





iOS 5 on iPhone now supports use of the LED flash as an alert. Apple has also added a Speak Selection feature with an adjustable Speaking Rate slider for vocalizing text selections.





Custom vibration alerts can also be activated in iOS 5. Personalized vibrations can be recorded for individual contacts by recording a series of taps on the screen. A viewer displays visual ripples indicating the force and frequency of the taps during recording and playback.





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Very cool... Now, can you create your own sms tone?
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Kudos to Apple for the enhanced accessibility features.

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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...
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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...

I'm sure a person with a hearing impairment would appreciate the option.
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I think the LED flash solution is the best way to fix it now with the current hardware.
My guess is that the next version of the iPhone will have some kind of indicator light much like the Macbooks.

I looks like they've gone through all the complaints on the phone and tried to fix them. An indicator light being one of those complaints.
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some of those features, in particular the custom gestures are good for everyone. being able to just make a symbol and jump straight to an app or unlock the device would be excellent.

kudos to the uniquely abled for pushing the development envelope.
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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...

Unless I have a specific reason to have my iPhone 4 face up, I would say I do 50% of the time.

Nevertheless, an LED flash would be noticeable even if my phone was face down. Certainly equally intrusive under the mass of papers on my desk and less annoying than a ring or a sound alert in the board room.
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'Bout bloody time on the LED flashing to indicate a call or message. I'd prefer the LED to flash intermittently than turn my screen off and on to see if I missed a call or messages. Now they just need to put an alert one on the giant black areas on the top or bottom in the front.

I prolly sound negative but I think a small indicator LED should have been on the phone from the very beginning.

It's awesome that they are working on making the phone more accessible. More companies should do that.
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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...

You are not. If someone knows it will flash, they will take advantage of it. If you don't need it, you can disable it.
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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...

It might be cool if you use a wraparound case made of clear plastic.

It should make the whole case glow...
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Kudos to Apple for the enhanced accessibility features.

These options are pretty cool.


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I'm not sure that I "get" the LED flash alert. 90% of the time, the phone is either in your pocket or laying flat on its back -- who would lay an iPhone face down on a table?

Or maybe I'm just not understanding this fully...

I'm sure a person with a hearing impairment would appreciate the option.

I think he has a point. If you're hearing impaired why wouldn't you just place the iPhone face up to get the info?


PS: iOS 5.0 is amazingly stable for a first beta. Apple has had GMs that weren't this stable. I wonder if the devs were are all focusing on a April timeframe for the first dev beta so the extra time afforded is just gravy with a few extra features thrown in.
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'Bout bloody time on the LED flashing to indicate a call or message. I'd prefer the LED to flash intermittently than turn my screen off and on to see if I missed a call or messages. Now they just need to put an alert one on the giant black areas on the top or bottom in the front.

I prolly sound negative but I think a small indicator LED should have been on the phone from the very beginning.

It's awesome that they are working on making the phone more accessible. More companies should do that.

I still don't understand why they can't even provide an audible alert. I'd like my phone to produce a tone every minute or so if I miss a call. Seems pretty dang simple, but still a missing feature.
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The custom vibration is a really nice feature. You can tell if it's an emergency call without taking the phone out of your pocket. I'm not sure why Apple hides this feature in Accessibility... it should just be a first-class feature. Being able to tap out the custom vibration on the screen is just brilliant.
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I suspect if you have the iPhone face up on a table in front of you or off to the side you aren't going to notice an incoming call (unless you can sense the vibration). If you have it face down, and the LED is flashing rapidly you are probably going to notice that (Unless the room is super bright).

I think it a great accessibility feature. Others might like it as well as just another option.

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These options are pretty cool.



I think he has a point. If you're hearing impaired why wouldn't you just place the iPhone face up to get the info?


PS: iOS 5.0 is amazingly stable for a first beta. Apple has had GMs that weren't this stable. I wonder if the devs were are all focusing on a April timeframe for the first dev beta so the extra time afforded is just gravy with a few extra features thrown in.
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Arent there already Jailbreaks for these new features

Your point being?
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Arent there already Jailbreaks for these new features

Yeah, this is for people who aren't interested in going the JB route.

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post #18 of 36
I just want to know if there will be an option to have the phone use it's text to speech to tell ms who is calling when I have my headphones in. Same voice that confirms who I ask to call when I do voice activated calling.
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I just want to know if there will be an option to have the phone use it's text to speech to tell ms who is calling when I have my headphones in. Same voice that confirms who I ask to call when I do voice activated calling.

Uh yeah I'd also like to know why my autocorrect corrects me to mr or ms about 1 time out of 4. I've tried typing me me me me me me and correcting it when it tries to change it, but no avail. Bah!
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I hope this extends to different vibrations for text and email.

If my phone is in my pocket on vibrate, it would be nice to be able to tell the difference.

The phone ringing on vibrate is pretty obvious.
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I hope this extends to different vibrations for text and email.

Unless I'm imagining things and using unknown powers of clairvoyance they aleadyRw different. The SMS vibrate is slightly longer than for the email.
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post #22 of 36
no mentioning about creating folders in foto app - that's the most annoying non present feature so far ...
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no mentioning about creating folders in foto app - that's the most annoying non present feature so far ...

Actually, it's been discovered that iOS5 does have the capability to create photo albums, as well as add photos to existing albums.
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Apple's iPad and iPhone have been praised by members of the blind community recommending the devices.

really? the BLIND community? try using either device with your eyes closed. i'm guessing you meant the deaf community
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These options are pretty cool.



I think he has a point. If you're hearing impaired why wouldn't you just place the iPhone face up to get the info?


PS: iOS 5.0 is amazingly stable for a first beta. Apple has had GMs that weren't this stable. I wonder if the devs were are all focusing on a April timeframe for the first dev beta so the extra time afforded is just gravy with a few extra features thrown in.

Yes!

The iOS 5.0 beta is great. I've upgraded an iP4, iPad 1 and 2 iPad 2s.

The only problem I had was trying to install the upgrade to the iPad 2s with iTunes 3002 error.

Had to use XCode Organizer to install iOS 5.0, then iTunes to restore the content.
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The custom vibration is a really nice feature. You can tell if it's an emergency call without taking the phone out of your pocket. I'm not sure why Apple hides this feature in Accessibility... it should just be a first-class feature. Being able to tap out the custom vibration on the screen is just brilliant.

Mmmm....

With a little knowledge of Morse Code and an over-active libido -- you can receive evocative massage alerts like:

What are you wearing dit-dit-dah-dah-dit-dit.


Edit: Reminds me of that Android Commercial where the woman on an airplane remotely starts the engine of the man's car -- only massage alerts would start a different engine
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really? the BLIND community?

Yes. Really. The iPhone is very popular among the blind.
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Yes. Really. The iPhone is very popular among the blind.

Yes it is. I have a friend who is blind and he confirmed that it is really good for them.

On the LED face down. I just tried it in a really bright room and it is visible even though it is flat on the table. The light is bright enough to shine through the edge of the glass.

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Does the LED refer to the one on the back for the camera "flash"?

That's less than optimal - perhaps they will add a notification LED to the top (like near the power button - or inside the power button!) on a future iPhone where it would be more noticeable. I guess that's the second thing (behind switchable profiles for alert/vibration/volume settings) left that I would miss from my blackberry.
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Arent there already Jailbreaks for these new features

Not everyone wants to jailbrake. I don't. Indeed with wifi sync being added, I now have absolutely no desire to jailbrake at all.

If you want to - have at it! I'm equally happy that I don't have to in order to get the same functionality.
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Unless I'm imagining things and using unknown powers of clairvoyance they aleadyRw different. The SMS vibrate is slightly longer than for the email.

For me, and this is very unscientific, SMS messages are more VVVTT VVVVVVVTTT and email is more VVVVVTT.
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Does the LED refer to the one on the back for the camera "flash"?

That's less than optimal - perhaps they will add a notification LED to the top (like near the power button - or inside the power button!) on a future iPhone where it would be more noticeable. I guess that's the second thing (behind switchable profiles for alert/vibration/volume settings) left that I would miss from my blackberry.

Perhaps a forward facing LED flash?
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really? the BLIND community? try using either device with your eyes closed. i'm guessing you meant the deaf community

Try using some of the accessibility features. You can have everything spoken to you, can have a braille device attached, etc.
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I guess this solves the problem of quickly turning on/off Bluetooth/Wifi. Now you can just make a hand gesture to quickly turn it on or off.
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really? the BLIND community? try using either device with your eyes closed. i'm guessing you meant the deaf community

Yes Expand your mind. Go here and watch the video: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/i...overlaycontent
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Custom vibration alerts can also be activated in iOS 5. Personalized vibrations can be recorded for individual contacts by recording a series of taps on the screen. A viewer displays visual ripples indicating the force and frequency of the taps during recording and playback.

For more, see AppleInsider's extensive coverage of iOS 5, including the in-depth features below:

Inside Apple's iOS 5: Calendar improvements help make iPhone, iPad PC-free

Inside Apple's iOS 5: iTunes Tone Store will offer more text alert options

Inside iOS 5: Notification Center, banner alerts

Inside Apple's move to open up SMS-style messaging to not-mobile clients

Inside Apple's iOS 5: Reminders app offers location-aware to-do lists

Inside Apple's iOS 5: Safari Reader, private browsing, tabs on iPad

Inside Apple's iOS 5: PC Free setup, keyboard shortcuts[c


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Will it be possible to FINALLY record both sides of a conversation with IOS 5? Apple has made this impossible so far but the UK will make this compulsory for bankers, etc. by the end of this year:

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/48768.php
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