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November 8, 2011

Accessibility Features of the Apple iPad

Initially, the minuscule touch-screen tablet might appear to be an undesirable option for the physically impaired population, but the noteworthy enhancements brought to the Apple iPad through its pioneering work in the accessibility features of the iPod and iPhone is a complete distortion of this belief. The visually challenged users are sure to marvel at the Voice-over functionality of Apple that allows for convenient typing of emails and messages and navigation through the menus. As you draw your finger about the display to tap a key, the iPad promptly reads the descriptions of that key. It also reads the text included inside the dialogue boxes, the orientation and status of its display such as locked, unlocked, landscape, portrait, time of the day, and other more specific information such as Wi-Fi signals and battery status. What's more, the iPad recites every character as it is typed, and suggests autocorrection options. The Voiceover feature can read emails, text messages, as well as web pages. The Voiceover supports all native applications of the iPad but its support for third-party apps differs.

In order to switch to the accessibility mode of Voiceover, a special set of signals is required. For instance, to open any item, you will have to double tap it and the feature will also provide audible instruction. You can also choose from over 21compatible languages and adjust its speaking rate. The technological miracle also features a multizoom functionality that can support for Unlock, Spotlight screens, and Home for every kind of application, both native as well as third party. The zoom can be activated through the 'Settings' menu but it cannot be used simultaneously with Voiceover.

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The display contrast can also be reversed to view white text over black background. However, realize that such a contrast change will alter the appearance of pictures so they appear like negatives.

Accessibility Features of the Apple iPad

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