Being in our connected world, there’s something most look forward to every year in June. That is,
Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference
There were quite a few features summarized in the keynote on June 5th, but this post will focus on a few of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to begin using.
Though information is slim now, it’s still fun to anticipate what’s coming.
“Expanded Braille Editing”
Part of my job as a technology instructor, is to teach braille and integrate it with other devices. The fact that Apple mentioned Braille as part of their slide presentation, can only mean good things. I’m a huge proponent of braille being used in educational pursuits as well as anywhere possible in life. From those testing the beta now who have used braille and the improved features, it sounds like we are in for a real, and much-needed upgrade. If braille progression is as good as some technology pillars have indicated, I wager this could replace traditional note-takers. The perfect solution may soon be within our grasp.
Type to Siri
When Siri first debuted on the iPhone, it was a revolutionary concept. Talk to your phone, and it gets information for you. … … or does it?
Over the years, one would assume that Siri would improve- and it has! Being able to open apps, particular sections of the settings area, and getting smarter in terms of finding businesses. But there are times, (more frequently than necessary), where the personal assistant can’t understand you, or just gives you the silent treatment.
In iOS 11, with the ability to be able to type instead of speak to Siri, this may result in fewer misteps, misunderstandings, and yelling words at Siri that may hurt her sensitive sensibilities.
Being able to read SUBTITLES However you want!
Something many people I’m sure have struggled with for a long time, is the inability to read subtitles or captions if required to follow a TV show or movie.
If you’re totally digging your Anime, and want to discuss it, not being able to follow because of the lack of accessible captions may soon become a thing of the past. You’ll be saying: “Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad.” … that song doesn’t need titles or captions …
This feature indicates it will provide greater accessibility to visual media, and I look forward to seeing how this takes shape.
This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of the accessibility features introduced in the keynote. These are my top 3 that I’m most looking forward to trying out once they are released. Either in public beta or in the fall.
What are some of your favorite features you’re most looking forward to getting acquainted with in iOS 11? Or, are you on the Android side of the fence and will be sitting this one out. We’d love to hear from you!