New Accessibility Options in iOS 7 Allow iPad or iPhone to Be Controlled with Head Movements

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    This afternoon, a tipster who spoke to 9to5Mac pointed out a new feature in iOS 7's Accessibility menu, which allows iPhone users to control their devices using head movements.

    The option can be found in the Switch Control area of the Accessibility menu, which is designed for users who need assistance with physical and motor movements.

    With the feature activated, specific movements can be used to correspond with actions. For example, the setting can be programmed to allow a left head movement to activate a tap, while a right head movement can be programmed to perform to another function. 9to5Mac went hands-on with the feature:
    It is important to note that Switch Control head movements are a beta function and should be used with caution, as the setting disables touch input.

    Apple has always had a heavy focus on accessibility, and over the years has worked to provide accessibility options for vision, hearing, motor skills, and learning, turning the iPad and the iPhone into fully featured assistive devices. iOS 7 promises to bring even more accessibility options, further increasing the utility of Apple's devices.

    Article Link: New Accessibility Options in iOS 7 Allow iPad or iPhone to Be Controlled with Head Movements
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    Siri is one step closer to receiving head...movements.
  3. gnasher729, Jun 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Who writes these articles? One, do you not know what an API is? Two, your description of that is happening as totally backwards. Correct is:

    A change in the implementation of the screenshot feature prevents Snapchat to notice when the user takes a screenshot, which stops a hack used by Snapchat to prevent taking screenshots of photos that the app displays.

    Edit: In case anyone is wondering what this post is about, the incorrect text that I complained about has been removed from the article.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    Seems sort of gimmicky really. One of the reasons I dislike the Galaxy S4. Unnecessary software bogging down the phones resources.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2009
    Which head?
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2010
    Barrie, ON
    It's an accessibility feature. It's very closed minded of you to think of it as a gimmick. Someone who has a handicap that prevents regular interaction with the phone.

    It is not using resources on you.
  7. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    It's for disabled people, has never been mentioned in marketing and is off by default...
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    It's not a prominent feature, it's a tool in this case. It won't be for you or me, so that we can move between an email and inbox without touching the screen on a train: it's for someone who doesn't have use, or limited use of their arms/fingers.

    They way Samsung advertise it, it's something you'll use all the time. This feature, is for actually being useful for the right person.
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2009
    Brighton, UK
    Stiff necks inc..
  10. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    While I do know what an API is and how Snapchat works (I wrote the Snapchat post too), I've opted to remove the part you mentioned as it was superfluous to the post in the first place.
  11. macrumors member

    May 29, 2012

    Maybe you should remember that there are people that lost their members or have some kind of condition that prevents them from using their hands.

    Sometimes it feels like these top comments are occupied by people whose only goal is to say something rather than to actually have a decent remark about the article
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    Good work. I hope they continue with this in future. I only wish more companies were as committed to helping improve the lives of disabled people.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Cebu, Philippines
    Don't you want to help others with disabilities?
  14. macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    So...When people read his post they will say: What is he yapping about? Good move to save face and to make him out as a nut job. It's a win-win. :p
  15. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
    Newest Samsung attack ad: "Our phones won't cause whiplash"
  16. macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Why on earth do people take the time to make a comment but not read the article?
  17. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    The stuff that you so cleverly removed from the article indicated that you have only a very vague idea of what an API is. And while I don't know whether you posted an article about Snapchat or not, the description how Snapchat behaviour changed in iOS 7, which you also deleted from the article, was clearly wrong.

    Instead of deleting it, you might have just corrected it.
  18. macrumors demi-god


    Dec 21, 2008
    LOL... Seriously? :rolleyes:

    It's under the accessibility menu for a reason.
  19. Guest

    Introducing on iOS7: Stephen Hawking mode.

    Alright alright, I am already out...
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Can already see it now..."You're moving your head wrong."
  21. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    Ack i turned this on my mistake and I can't figure out how to navigate my phone. How do I disable it?
  22. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    In response to all of the negative criticism, I'll admit I didn't read the last paragraph. However I couldn't help but think of some of the gimmicky features the competition has dreamed up. But in defense of the truly handicapped, I think this would be greatly appreciated, and could prove extremely useful. :cool:
  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    I figured it out... I was scared for a bit. It was in a mode where it would scroll through the possible touch zones on the screen one at a time and I had to tap to select the one I wanted. very slow and tedious but I have regained control of my iPhone. :)
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    Whatever, as long as they don't advertise it as a big feature. This is for that tiny percentage of people who can't use a touch screen. Otherwise, it's a gimmick.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    Unfortunately, I've made the same mistake... I can navigate to the Accessibility section, but can't figure out how to scroll down so that I can attempt to turn this off.

    Could you walk me through the steps to disabling this?

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