What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

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Screenshot of a New Message in Mail with the words, "Testing the misspelled word in iOS.; The Rotor menu shows Misspelled Words.

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display features are listed at the end of the video.

Teachers of the Visually Impaired: Here are three of the new features that you and your students should be aware of!

  • Punctuation Setting: In settings, you can set the punctuation preference. While students should know how to change the punctuation setting on-the-fly using the rotor, there may be times that you want to set the punctuation setting and leave it. Example: When teaching an emerging reader, you may want to emphasize punctuation and have VoiceOver announce each and every punctuation symbol. (Punctuation default is Some Punctuation.)

Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Verbosity > Punctuation > select your desired punctuation setting

  • Table Output: Students need to understand how to use digital tables - tables are included in digital/online textbooks, assignments and assessments.  iOS 11 includes the Table Ouput option.  Be sure that Table Headers and Row along with Column Numbers are both turned on so that VoiceOver will announce this critical information. Learn more about digital tables, Digital Transitions #2: Math Grid Activities.

Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Verbosity > Table Ouput

  • Misspelled Word: New rotor feature that enables students to quickly find and jump between misspelled words. Misspelled Words appears in the Rotor when the VoiceOver focus is in a textfield in editing mode.  Note: Misspelled Words is currently an option in Messages and Mail; however, it does not appear in the Rotor in Pages.

Watch the video below to see these three VoiceOver features and more!