This is an excerpt video of the Udemy Course Accessibility Features of iOS for the iPad and iPhone. The course is available online for free at:
This course will cover the all of the iOS accessibility features up to iOS 6 for both the iPhone and iPad. The course with go in depth into 3 key accessibility features; VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch and GuidedAccess
Siri: The technology behind Siri is something called speech to text. What that means is, the way that this works is you touch a very specific Siri button on the device. It then listens for your voice. It then takes your voice, converts it to text, and tries to execute commands around whatever the voice detect conversion is.
The beauty of this is if you’ve got both physical impairment and/or visual impairments, you can interface more quickly, so using Siri you can launch applications. Instead of using VoiceOver, you can use Siri launch applications. You can also go get data off the internet.
For example, you can ask Siri about the weather, and it’ll go out and get the data, the weather, and bring it back. This can dramatically reduce the amount of keystrokes, as it were, or touches that you have to do to go get that information. This fundamentally is a tremendous shortcut for both people with disabilities and people without disabilities, so a lot of people love Siri just for that.
Now, one of the dilemmas is that if you have a speech impediment and/or a thick accent, Siri may not interpret your commands properly. This is a relatively new feature. I think it’s a hit and miss feature. Some users find it to works really, really well for them. Other users find it to not work very at all, and find it very frustrating.
The beauty of this, I think this will develop and get better over time. The technology has already moved fairly rapidly in a short amount of time, so I think this is a great area to watch.