Apple is adding live subtitles to iPhone, iPad and Mac

Apple is adding real-time subtitles to its products.


Apple announced a number of new accessibility features Tuesday for its products that can help people with disabilities. The software will be launched later this year.

A key feature is real-time subtitles for videos for iPhone, iPad and Mac. It means that people with hearing impairment or anyone who wants to watch a video with the volume turned off will see the text at the bottom of the screen that they can read along with the video. Apple said it can be used on streaming services, FaceTime calls, and other video conferencing apps. A similar feature is already available on Google’s Android operating system.

Apple has also introduced a new port detection feature that can help blind or visually impaired iPhone or iPad users find ports if they are unfamiliar with the area. The tool can also describe whether the door is open or closed and whether it can be opened by pushing, pulling or turning a knob. It uses lidar technology and machine learning to work. Lidar is available on iPhone Pro and iPad Pro models.

Among other features, Apple is also adding a way for people with disabilities to mirror their assistive features on the iPhone to their Apple Watch, receive alerts on their iPhone when they hear a doorbell or appliance beep, and more.

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