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
Tactile Buttons: One of the most amazing things of all of the iPad products is they use tactile buttons. What is a tactile button? A tactile button is a physical button versus what I would call a ‘soft button’. There are a number of devices out there like the touchscreen that use a button that you can’t physically feel.
Particularly if you have fine motor problems… I mean, I see this with my son all the time with fine motor problems. If he’s using my Android cellphone, as an example, he touches a button and doesn’t know that he’s touched the button, and goes to the homepage and doesn’t mean to go to the homepage.
There’s no way to do that here by accident with physical buttons. The home button here is recessed, so you can’t accidentally swipe on it. You have to physically touch it. So, this can be really good for those with visual impairments to know exactly both the orientation of the device, and to actually execute the commands that the buttons are designed for. So, it makes it very, very functional.