Mobility

A tap. A touch. A lot of possibilities.

Voice Control

Your voice is your command.

Navigate your device using just your voice. Commands like click, swipe and tap help you easily interact with your favourite apps. You can precisely select, drag and zoom by showing numbers alongside clickable items, or by superimposing a grid on the screen. Voice Control also offers a more efficient way to write and edit. It’s a seamless process to make corrections, format changes, and transition between text dictation and commands.1

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch

Navigate your device using just your voice. Commands like click, swipe and tap help you easily interact with your favourite apps. You can precisely select, drag and zoom by showing numbers alongside clickable items or by superimposing a grid on the screen. Voice Control also offers a more efficient way to write and edit. It’s a seamless process to make corrections, format changes, and transition between text dictation and commands.1

Set up Voice Control on:

Updates:

New languages. Voice Control is now available in Chinese (China (mainland), Hong Kong), French (France) and Japanese (Japan).

Screen Recognition. Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls, making them more accessible. This VoiceOver feature is coming to Voice Control with improved detection for tab, checkbox and radio button states, heading and modal elements, element grouping and more.

Switch Control

Navigate your device with as little as a tap.

Switch Control makes it easy and efficient to control your device with a variety of adaptive switch hardware, wireless game controllers or even simple sounds. If you have extensive motor limitations, you can use item, point and manual scanning to navigate sequentially through onscreen keyboards, menus and the Dock. Create your own customised panels and keyboards, system-wide or app by app. Platform Switching allows you to use a single device to navigate any other devices you have synced with your iCloud account. That way, you can control your Mac directly from your iPhone or iPad without having to set up your switches on each new device.2

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, iPod touch

Switch Control makes it easy and efficient to control your device with a variety of adaptive switch hardware, wireless game controllers or even simple sounds. If you have extensive motor limitations, you can use item, point and manual scanning to navigate sequentially through onscreen keyboards, menus and the Dock. Create your own customised panels and keyboards, system-wide or app by app. Platform Switching allows you to use a single device to navigate any other devices you have synced with your iCloud account. That way, you can control your Mac directly from your iPhone or iPad without having to set up your switches on each new device.2

Adaptive Accessories

Switch Control is compatible with a variety of Bluetooth®-enabled devices, such as a switch, a joystick, a keyboard space bar and more.

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Updates:

Sound Actions for Switch Control. Control iPhone or iPad with simple mouth sounds — such as a click, pop or “ee” sound — without the need for physical buttons, switches or complex verbal commands.

Wireless game controller support. Connected wireless game controllers can now be used as external adaptive switches for Switch Control. Popular controllers — including DUALSHOCK® 4, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and the Xbox Adaptive Controller — can now have their buttons assigned as actions to operate iPhone or iPad with Switch Control.

Screen Recognition. Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible. This VoiceOver feature is coming to Switch Control with improved detection for tab, checkbox and radio button states, heading and modal elements, element grouping and more.

FileVault login and macOS Recovery support. For Intel processors, macOS accessibility features were limited when logging in to encrypted disks or fixing issues in macOS Recovery. Apple silicon allows macOS to support Switch Control in these additional areas. This feature is available only for Mac models with M1.

AssistiveTouch

Push all the buttons without pressing any.

AssistiveTouch for iOS and iPadOS lets you adapt your touchscreen to fit your physical needs. If certain gestures, like pinch or tap, don’t work for you, swap them with a gesture that does or create a touch that’s all your own. You can customise the layout of the AssistiveTouch menu too, or connect a Bluetooth mouse to control an onscreen pointer for navigation. AssistiveTouch for watchOS now enables users with upper-body limb differences to navigate an onscreen motion pointer on their Apple Watch display or answer calls using clench, double-clench and pinch gestures.3

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod touch

AssistiveTouch for iOS and iPadOS lets you adapt your touchscreen to fit your physical needs. If certain gestures, like pinch or tap, don’t work for you, swap them with a gesture that does or create a touch that’s all your own. You can customise the layout of the AssistiveTouch menu too, or connect a Bluetooth mouse to control an onscreen pointer for navigation. AssistiveTouch for watchOS now enables users with upper-body limb differences to navigate an onscreen motion pointer on their Apple Watch display or answer calls using clench, double-clench and pinch gestures.3

Set up AssistiveTouch on:

Update:

AssistiveTouch for watchOS. Use Apple Watch without touching the display or controls; use clenching, pinching and wrist gestures to navigate and perform actions on the display. Motion Pointer allows you to navigate and dwell on display elements with only wrist movements. Digital Crown Autoscrolling helps prevent gesture fatigue when navigating long lists, while Automatic Movement mode lets you automatically navigate onscreen items.

Alternative input

Control your device with a single gesture.

Head Tracking uses the camera on your device to follow the movement of your head to control a pointer on your screen, and tracks your facial movements to perform actions.4 On Mac, Pointer Control already allows you to use different methods, like head movements, to control your cursor and mouse button. iPadOS now supports third-party eye-tracking devices, making it possible for people to control iPad using just their eyes.5 Compatible devices, available at a later date, will track where a person is looking on screen and the pointer will move to follow the person’s gaze, while extended eye contact will perform an action, like a tap.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac

Head Tracking uses the camera on your device to follow the movement of your head to control a pointer on your screen, and tracks your facial movements to perform actions.4 On Mac, Pointer Control already allows you to use different methods, like head movements, to control your cursor and mouse button. iPadOS now supports third-party eye-tracking devices, making it possible for people to control iPad using just their eyes.5 Compatible devices, available at a later date, will track where a person is looking on screen and the pointer will move to follow the person’s gaze, while extended eye contact will perform an action, like a tap.

Set up alternative input on:

Update:

FileVault login and macOS Recovery support. Apple silicon allows macOS to support Pointer Control when logging in to encrypted disks or fixing issues in macOS Recovery. This feature is available only for Mac models with M1 chip.

Hardware keyboard support

Simplify keystrokes and adjust sensitivity.

Create customised shortcuts for commonly used words or phrases and your iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod touch will type them out for you. Slow Keys lets you adjust the amount of time between when a key is pressed and when it is activated, so your device processes only the keystrokes you mean to make. Sticky Keys enable you to enter key combinations sequentially rather than simultaneously. Or use Mouse Keys to control your cursor with a numeric keypad.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch

Create customised shortcuts for commonly used words or phrases, and your iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod touch will type them out for you. Slow Keys lets you adjust the amount of time between when a key is pressed and when it is activated, so your device processes only the keystrokes you mean to make. Sticky Keys enable you to enter key combinations sequentially rather than simultaneously. Or use Mouse Keys to control your pointer with a numeric keypad.

Updates:

Full Keyboard Access. Full Keyboard Access lets you control everything on your Mac using a keyboard, without the need for a mouse or trackpad. With an expanded set of improved keyboard shortcuts, even more areas of your Mac can be accessed by keyboard, including Control Centre and Notification Centre.

FileVault login and macOS Recovery support. macOS now supports Sticky Keys and Mouse Keys when logging in to encrypted disks or fixing issues in macOS Recovery. This update requires a Mac with M1 chip.

Accessibility Keyboard

Stay off the keys and on the screen.

The customisable, onscreen Accessibility Keyboard lets you navigate and type in macOS your way. It includes support for customised toolbars and improved typing with autocapitalisation and better word suggestions. This keyboard also supports head‑tracking hardware for those with limited mobility to move the cursor and select or drag onscreen items. And it has Dwell support, so all of macOS can be used without ever needing to click a mouse button.

Available on:

Mac

The customisable, onscreen Accessibility Keyboard lets you navigate and type in macOS your way. It includes support for customised toolbars and improved typing with autocapitalisation and better word suggestions. This keyboard also supports head‑tracking hardware for those with limited mobility to move the pointer and select or drag onscreen items. And it has Dwell support, so all of macOS can be used without ever needing to click a mouse button.

Set up Accessibility Keyboard on:

Mac

Update:

FileVault login and macOS Recovery support. Apple silicon allows macOS to support Accessibility Keyboard when logging in to encrypted disks or fixing issues in macOS Recovery. This feature requires a Mac with M1 chip.

Back Tap

A tap on the back opens a favourite app.

Meet the easiest shortcut ever. Back Tap lets you double‑tap or triple‑tap the back of your iPhone to automatically perform a range of customised tasks — from opening your favourite app to taking a screenshot. Choose from 24 different actions or create your own automated shortcuts to simplify your everyday tasks.6

Available on:

iPhone

Meet the easiest shortcut ever. Back Tap lets you double‑tap or triple‑tap the back of your iPhone to automatically perform a range of customised tasks — from opening your favourite app to taking a screenshot. Choose from 24 different actions or create your own automated shortcuts to simplify your everyday tasks.6

Set up Back Tap on:

iPhone

Touch Accommodations

You’ve got the magic touch.

Adjust how the screen responds to your touch with Touch Accommodations. Control how long you touch before it’s recognised or whether repeat touches are ignored. That way, you can put your finger down anywhere on the screen and move to the item you want without mistakenly performing an action.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod mini, iPod touch

Adjust how the screen responds to your touch with Touch Accommodations. Control how long you touch before it’s recognised or whether repeat touches are ignored. That way, you can put your finger down anywhere on the screen and move to the item you want without mistakenly performing an action.

Set up Touch Accommodations on:

Siri

Breeze through your day without lifting a finger.

Siri makes your life easier, in your language. Whether you need to find an old photo, send a message or close the blinds, Siri can do it all without you ever having to pick up your device. Siri works across every Apple product, so you can get the right kind of help whenever and wherever you need it. And with Siri Shortcuts, you have an even faster way to multitask across multiple apps. Just say “Good morning” and Siri will start a podcast, show you the weather and pull up directions — all at once.7 The new Accessibility Assistant Shortcut can help you discover the best accessibility features for you by creating a customised list of recommended features and resources based on your individual needs.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod mini, AirPods, iPod touch

Siri makes your life easier, in your language. Whether you need to find an old photo, send a message or close the blinds, Siri can do it all without you ever having to pick up your device. Siri works across every Apple product, so you can get the right kind of help whenever and wherever you need it. And with Siri Shortcuts, you have an even faster way to multitask across multiple apps. Just say “Good morning” and Siri will start a podcast, show you the weather and pull up directions — all at once.7 The new Accessibility Assistant Shortcut can help you discover the best accessibility features for you by creating a customised list of recommended features and resources based on your individual needs.

Updates:

New English Siri voices. You can now choose from two new English Siri voices that sound incredibly natural when speaking longer phrases, like when reading the news or answering questions.

Accessibility Assistant Shortcut. Siri Shortcuts features a new Accessibility Assistant Shortcut that creates a customised list of recommended accessibility features and resources by asking questions about your personal needs.

Dictation

Everything you say goes.

Dictation lets you talk wherever you would type. It’s easy to type an email, notes or a web address — without typing at all. Tap the microphone button on the onscreen keyboard, say what you want to write, and your device converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPod touch

Dictation lets you talk wherever you would type. It’s easy to type an email, notes or a web address — without typing at all. Tap the microphone button on the onscreen keyboard, say what you want to write, and your device converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text.

Activity app

Set a goal and roll.

Reach your exercise goals with the Activity app on Apple Watch, designed with wheelchair users in mind. Instead of a Stand goal, the Roll goal encourages you to move every hour. And sensors in Apple Watch take into account different pushing techniques for varying speeds and terrain — even transition movements — giving you the most accurate snapshot of your daily activity.

Available on:

Apple Watch

Reach your exercise goals with the Activity app on Apple Watch, designed with wheelchair users in mind. Instead of a Stand goal, the Roll goal encourages you to move every hour. And sensors in Apple Watch take into account different pushing techniques for varying speeds and terrain — even transition movements — giving you the most accurate snapshot of your daily activity.

Set up the Activity app on:

Apple Watch

Workout app

Designed for the way you move.

The Workout app on Apple Watch helps you work out your way. Accurately measure your movement with specific exercise routines and set time, distance or calorie goals based on the type of exercise you do. For wheelchair users, there are two unique workouts: Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace and Outdoor Wheelchair Run Pace. Just choose a workout and Apple Watch turns on the appropriate sensors.

Available on:

Apple Watch

The Workout app on Apple Watch helps you work out your way. Accurately measure your movement with specific exercise routines and set time, distance or calorie goals based on the type of exercise you do. For wheelchair users, there are two unique workouts: Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace and Outdoor Wheelchair Run Pace. Just choose a workout and Apple Watch turns on the appropriate sensors.

Set up the Workout app on:

Apple Watch

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Wheelchair workouts

Predictive Text

Find your next word without a second thought.

Let your device finish the sentence for you. If you find it cumbersome to type, Predictive Text can save you from going through the motions. Just start writing and it adjusts your suggestions based on who you’re talking to and what you’ve said before. Tap to choose the perfect next word.8

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, iPod touch

Let your device finish the sentence for you. If you find it cumbersome to type, Predictive Text can save you from going through the motions. Just start writing and it adjusts your suggestions based on who you’re talking to and what you’ve said before. Tap to choose the perfect next word.8

Set up Predictive Text on:

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