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Apple is already unveiling an iOS 18 option, it concerns accessibility

Apple has just made an advance announcement concerning the next version of its operating system for iPhone, iOS 18. The Apple brand has in fact published a press release this week mentioning the arrival of “eyeliner tracking” on the next iPhone update.

This functionality should allow people with disabilities to use their smartphone more easily. Concretely, it should be possible to control your iPhone or iPad simply via eye movements. Apple explains in its paper that this functionality relies solely on the webcam, so it will not be necessary to have a device compatible with FaceID.

Apple explains that the feature will not be reserved for Apple’s native applications but should work throughout the phone, without distinguishing between native services and others. Apple explains that you just need to “pause” on an element to click on it.

Siri will no longer be Siri

Another new feature this time concerns deaf or hard of hearing people. Apple has come up with a feature called Music Haptics. Thanks to it, people using it will be able to feel music through vibrations, pulsations and refined textures. The objective according to Apple would be to reproduce as faithfully as possible, and in real time, the music being listened to.

Finally, a new feature presented by Apple is called Vocal Shortcuts. The latter should allow iPhone and iPad users to launch actions by pronouncing a pre-established word. It would no longer be necessary to go through the famous “Hey Siri” shortened in recent years to “Siri”.

For the moment Apple has only demonstrated this functionality once. If a user says “Ring” the activities application will then open. This shortcut should be just one solution among dozens of others to make the lives of people with disabilities easier.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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