A new update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has some great improvements for people with low vision.
When iOS 7 was released last September, a lot of partially sighted people were dismayed by the changes to the way it looked. The high contrast of areas like the on screen keyboard and some of the controls were replaced by much less distinct colours.
Apple have now released iOS 7.1, which has some significant changes to the way the interface looks. It's not a return to the old look, but there are several enhancements within Settings, General, Accessibility worth knowing about.
Among other changes, Siri has new UK English voices, with a choice between male and female. You can also speed up getting results by letting go of the Home key when you have finished talking and Siri will immediately start analysing what you said. And the Slide to Unlock and Power Off screens look somewhat different, but work the same.
If you have comments about the new look - things you like or don't like - email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted at: 10/03/2014 11:45 PM by Steve Griffiths