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LED Flash, Custom Accessibility Gestures and Vibrations on Apples’ iOS 5

Written on June 09, 2011 by Lulu

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Apple added several features like LED flash and custom vibration settings in their iOS 5 for users with physical disabilities.

will add few important advancements to ’s accessibility, such as LED flash on calls, custom movements and personalized vibration alerts. Apple showed on Monday at the Worlwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) in San Francisco, proclaiming a number of improvements to the customization of iOS for users with disabilities.

“iOS 5 comes with innovative new that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. iOS 5 works with specialized hardware accessories.

“The LED flash and custom vibration settings let you see and feel when someone’s 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 have regularly elevated the accesibility features in iOS, adoption on users with disabilities have increased. Apple’s products like and iPhone are admired by blind community members and recommending this products.

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

The iOS 5 on iPhone now utilizes the LED flash as an alert. They also added a Speak Selection feature with a changeable speaking rate slider for vocalizing text selections. Users can also initiate a custom vibration alerts in iOS 5. Personalized vibrations can be recorded for particular contacts, by recording consecutive taps on the screen. A viewer shows visual flows signifying the force and frequency of the taps during recording and playback. The iOS 5 is expected out this fall.

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