Built directly into iOS, Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with extensive physical motor limitations. Switch Control allows you to navigate sequentially through onscreen items and perform specific actions using a variety of Bluetooth-enabled switch hardware. Switch Control is customisable for both beginners and advanced users — you can simplify existing actions or create your own.
New in iOS 10 Platform Switching for Switch Control
Switch Control now supports Platform Switching, which allows you to use a single device to operate any other devices you have synced with your iCloud account. So you can control your Mac directly from your iPhone or iPad, without having to set up your switches on each new device.1
Siri, the intelligent assistant from Apple, helps you do the things you do every day.2 All you have to do is ask. Say something like “Tell Lucy I’m running late” or “Remind me to make a booking for Saturday”. Siri can send messages, place phone calls, schedule meetings and more. And Siri is integrated with Switch Control, so you can use it even when “Hey Siri” isn’t active. You can even use Siri to turn on Invert Colours and Guided Access.
Dictation lets you talk wherever you would type. Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your iPad converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text. So it’s easy to type an email, note or URL — without typing at all.
iPad is remarkably intuitive and easy to use. AssistiveTouch lets you adapt the Multi-Touch screen to your physical needs. So if you need to change some gestures, like pinch, you can make them accessible with just a tap of a finger. You can create your own gestures and even customise the layout of the AssistiveTouch menu. And if you want an alternative to pressing the Home button, you can activate it with an onscreen tap. Gestures like rotate and shake are available even when your iPad is mounted on a wheelchair. And iOS devices support a number of third-party assistive devices that help you interact with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
With Touch Accommodations, you can adjust how the screen responds to your touch. Control how long you touch before it’s recognised or whether repeat touches are ignored. So you can put your finger down anywhere on the screen and move to the item you want without mistakenly performing an action.
Tap to choose the perfect suggestion for your next word — Predictive Text adjusts results based on who you’re talking to and what you’ve said before.3
If there’s a word or phrase you frequently use, create a shortcut — and iOS will type it out for you. For example, “appt” can expand to “appointment” or “cyl” to “Call you later”. Keyboard shortcuts make it easier and faster to type your name, email address, home address or any other text that you commonly type.
Hardware Keyboard Support
When using a physical keyboard, you can turn on Sticky Keys to combine your keystrokes, allowing you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them together. Or use Slow Keys to adjust the amount of time between when a key is pressed and when it is activated — so your iPad processes only the keystrokes you mean to make.
Support for Third‑Party Keyboards
Swipe rather than type, or go old-school with the classic keyboard layout. Developers can format keyboards for use within their own apps. And now that new keyboards are available, you can choose your favourite input method or layout system-wide.