iPad delivers a variety of innovative features that make it easier to use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
iPad 2 features FaceTime video calling via Wi-Fi. Thanks to its high-quality video and fast frame rate, FaceTime is ideal for those who communicate using sign language or by lip reading. You can clearly see hand and finger gestures in detail, as well as facial expressions. So you can communicate from afar with the same range of emotion as when you’re face to face. FaceTime also lets you place and receive video relay and text relay calls using services like zVRS.com and HOVRS.com. Some of these services can connect you to others using instant messaging or videophones. Learn more about FaceTime on iPad
iPad supports the playback of open captions, closed captions and subtitling. Captions appear onscreen, just like the closed captions you see on TV. You can buy or rent captioned movies from the iTunes Store and watch them on the go. You can also create your own movies with captions using a variety of tools and applications, including Compressor (sold separately).
In addition to speakers, iPad includes a standard 3.5-mm audio headphone jack. You can plug in earphones, earbuds, noise-cancelling headphones and amplified speaker systems.
iPad supports Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Extended Data Rate) technology and works with Bluetooth wireless headsets and other compatible audio devices.
iPad can route both right- and left-channel audio source material into both earbuds, enabling users with hearing loss in one ear to hear both channels in each ear. You can also adjust the volume balance between the left and right channels.
Messages with iMessage
Sending messages with iMessage is even better than texting. Because it’s unlimited.* And it works between you and anyone on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running
iOS 5. So text all you want. Send videos, photos, locations and links to friends. And keep everyone in the loop with group messaging.
Apps such as Mail and the App Store also display visual badges indicating the number of unread messages and updates available. And important status information such as network connectivity, time of day and battery level are communicated visually on the screen at all times.