Apple‘s keep expanding accessibility featuresand we are grateful for that.
The last iOS 16 upgrade includes additions to Apple’s magnifying glass tool, which allows people to easily zoom in on objects with essentially an improved iPhone camera. The tool now also includes automatic door and people recognition options, which blind iPhone and iPad owners can use to find doors and obstacles in their environment much more easily. As CNBC reported:door detection can also let users know whether a door is open or closed and whether it can be opened by pushing, pulling or turning the handle.
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Prior to this upgrade, many users relied on third-party apps such as the popular Be My Eyes app released in 2015, to help navigate physical environments, detect objects in a phone’s line of sight, and read text aloud. In 2019, Google introduced its Lookout appan AI-powered app that scans a user’s environment and announces objects.
Now Apple users finally have their own tools to use directly in the device, making it much easier to find and navigate public or new spaces.
Using door detection?
1. Go to the Magnifier app or use an accessibility shortcut
Find the built-in Magnifier app much easier with Spotlight Search.
Find the Magnifier app by using Spotlight Search on your phone (swipe down from the middle part of your phone screen) or by setting a pre-programmed accessibility shortcut. For the latter, go to your phone’s settings and select the Accessibility menu. Swipe to the bottom of the screen and select the Shortcuts option. Here you can select an action, such as clicking your phone’s lock button three times, to automatically open the Magnifier app.
Add a shortcut to the magnifying glass app to make navigating spaces even easier.
2. Select the detection icon at the bottom right of the screen
iOS 16 adds a new icon to the Magnifier app.
The icon, which looks like a small, unfinished square, is located below the right side of the zoom bar, to the right of the flashlight icon. Select the button and the camera will switch to detection mode.
3. Switch between door and person recognition
Select only the door icon to recognize only doorways in your area.
On the left side of the camera you will find three icons. The top button enables people detection, which notifies users when a person (adult or child) has stepped into view. The second button alerts users to doors in their path, how far the door is, and any other details about the door needed to navigate through the door.
4. Select image descriptions to read text in camera view
The bottom icon, a small speech bubble, will detect and transcribe all text on the screen, in addition to detecting people and doors, adding a higher level of information and potential security for iPhone users. The text appears at the bottom of the screen.