iOS 11 preview of new accessibility features

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iOS 11and MmacOS 10.13 beta accessibility features.

During the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed a number of new accessibility features for Apple products that are anticipated to be released to the public this fall.

A few classroom favorites include the expanded braille editing features, improved PDF support including access to forms, and numerous new low vision features.  Another exciting feature is the ability for VoiceOver to provide descriptions for images. Activated with a three finger tap, VoiceOver will provide descriptions of images that do not have alt text descriptions.  VoiceOver can also detect text that is embedded within the image.  Mac computers have the above features and numerous improved Zoom features, improved Grade 2 Braille editing and improved web and Mail navigation.

To view the full list of anticipated new accessibility features, go to the AppleVis blog, A Preview of New Accessibility Features Set to Come Later this Year in iOS 11, watchOS4, tvOS11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

If you are interested in participating, the public beta should be available before the end of June.


Posted by Diane BraunerJun 10, 2017


You can sign up to be an Apple Beta tester.  FYI:  It is reccommended that you install the beta version on a non-essential device as one of the goals of beta testing is to find bugs and for testers to provide feedback.