Apple adds live subtitles to its products.


Apple announced on Tuesday a host of new accessibility features for its products that can help people with disabilities.

One of the main features are live subtitles for videos for iPhone, iPad and Mac. This means that people with hearing impairments or those who want to watch videos with the volume turned off will see text at the bottom of the screen that they can read together. Apple said it could be used in streaming services, FaceTime calls and other video conferencing programs. A similar feature is already available in the Android operating system from Google.

The software will be released later this year.

Apple has also introduced a new door detection feature that can help blind and partially sighted iPhone or iPad users find the door when they are unfamiliar with the area. The tool can also describe whether the door is open or closed and whether it can be opened by pressing, pulling or turning the handle. It uses lidar technology and machine learning to work. Lidar is available on the iPhone Pro and iPad Pro.

Among other features, Apple also adds the ability for people with disabilities to display their support features on the iPhone on the Apple Watch, receive alerts on their iPhone when it hears the doorbell or device, and more.

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