On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 8, a brand-new operating system chock-full of both well known and hidden shortcuts that will likely make your life easier. But beyond the camera’s new time-lapse feature and other fun goodies, there lies a completelyrevamped set of tools for people with sight and hearing impairments.
These tools fall under a sweeping section called Accessibility. They’re meant to make your phone easier to hear, see, and navigate. Though they are designed with the disabled in mind, Accessibility features are by no means exclusive to that set. A lot of folks, for instance, would prefer to see a light flash rather than hear a phone ring. Others have broken their iPhones’ home buttons and need a new way to move around.
Below is a brief guide to all the improvements Apple has made in this area, including Siri’s alter ego “Alex” and nifty new ways to improve your phone’s color scheme.
First off, here’s where all the items I’m covering in this guide live:Settings → General → Accessibility.