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Podcast With A Blindness Perspective.

Sep 21, 2020

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3 is company and we were feeling Pretty, Pretty Good once we got the iOS14 downloaded and up and running on our various versions of the iPhone. Raqi and Jeff virtually High-5 each other and Serina just shrugs.

With the new iOS full of features that extend beyond the reach of the iPhone 10, there was a lot to talk about and the Time Flies event was nearly the opposite. Kind of a lack luster event unless you were waiting for the new Apple Watch Series 6 or SE or an iPad in Sky Blue.

Raqi, Serina and Jeff dig in and give their opinions and share some experiences with the iOS14 features. Jeff having beta tested for some time brought his unique perspective while Raqi dove deep into the Air Bud Pros, while Serina talked continuously about October. Hmm.

Below is a list of topics covered in this deep dive into the Apple Orchard minus a few iPhone Apples. Hmm.

Jeff gives a few demos, Voice Recognition and Precise and Approximate Location Settings. 


What iPhones get all the latest and greatest features?

iPhone 10R and newer including the SE 2020


VoiceOver Recognition

On-device intelligence recognizes key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.

Image descriptions

VoiceOver reads complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web.

Text recognition

VoiceOver speaks the text it identifies within images and photos.

Screen recognition

VoiceOver automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible.

Headphone Accommodations

This new accessibility feature is designed to amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies for an individual’s hearing, to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound more crisp and clear.12 Headphone Accommodations also supports Transparency mode on AirPods Pro, making quiet voices more audible and tuning the sounds of your environment to your hearing needs.

Sound Recognition

Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to notify users who might otherwise miss audible environmental alerts around them. On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, users receive a notification when a particular type of sound or alert, such as a fire alarm or doorbell, is detected.

Back Tap

Built to create a simple and easy way to trigger convenient tasks for those with accessibility needs. A quick double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone can be configured to trigger a number of actions, such as opening the Magnifier, or starting VoiceOver when your iPhone is in your pocket. It can even map to common system features such as Control Center, or accessibility-specific activities such as Switch Control actions. 

Sign language prominence

FaceTime can now detect when a participant is using sign language and make the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call.


Add widgets to keep important information front and center. 

Touch any app icon, then flick up until you hear, “edit mode”, and single-finger double tap  the Add Widget button located at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

Choose a widget in the gallery, then choose a size.

The smaller sizes take up less space  and provide less info as opposed to the large size.

The space the widget takes up moves the overflo to the next page and not incorporating them into the next page that was previously there. Nice, as when you get rid of the widget, all springs back to normal.

You can stack the widgets.

Smart Stack Widget

The Smart Stack shows you relevant information throughout the day — like the weather forecast or route to your next event. Choose Smart Stack from the widget list.

You can edit what is in the smart stack by single-finger double tapping on the widget while in edit mode. Change order or delete a particular choice.

App Library

To see all your apps neatly categorized, 3-finger swipe left on the Home Screen until you see the App Library. It is the last page.

Apps are sorted into groups, such as Recently Added and Social. At the top of the screen is a search bar.

Each category will say how many apps are in the folder and the apps will be in an A-Z format.

Reply to a specific message:

In a group conversation in the messages app, you can single double tap a hold on any message and respond to that particular message. After single-finger double tapping, flick up or down to your desired option of copy, reply or respond with emoji like thumbs up.

Pinning conversations:

Up to 9 conversations 

Group photos:

Give your group conversation a visual identity by adding a photo or Memoji, or choose an emoji.

Send audio messages:

When you want to be more expressive in your messages, you can now easily send audio messages with Siri.

Password monitoring:

Safari securely monitors your saved passwords to ensure that they have not been compromised in a data breach. To do this, Safari uses strong cryptographic techniques to regularly check derivations of your passwords against a list of breached passwords in a secure and private way that doesn’t reveal your password information — even to Apple.

Air Pod Pros 

Spatial Audio

Go to Bluetooth settings, swipe down to air pod pros, flick up to more info, and go down to 

Spatial Audio.

Bring surround sound where ever you go!

Headphone Accommodations,

Hear sounds that may need some tweaking for better hearing situations. Movies, phone, music.

Automatic switching

Seamlessly move between devices without manually switching your AirPods.

If you finish a phone call on your iPhone and pick up your iPad to watch a movie, AirPods automatically switch over.

Works with AirPods Pro, AirPods (2nd generation), EarPods, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro.

Audio Sharing for Apple TV

Connect two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV 4K so you can enjoy movies and shows with someone else without disturbing others.

Works with AirPods Pro, AirPods (1st generation) or later, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo Pro, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3 Wireless, and BeatsX. Requires tvOS 14.

Upgrade to Sign in with Apple

Easily switch to Sign in with Apple when logging in to participating apps. You’ll keep the account you already use, but have one less password to keep track of.

Approximate location

Share only your approximate location rather than your exact location — perfect for apps like local news or weather.

Augmented reality.

ARKit 4 introduces Location Anchors, allowing developers to place AR experiences, like life‑size art installations or navigational directions, at a specific point in the world.

Add captions to photos

Open photo, swipe down to photo then flick up to show details, from the top swipe down to add a caption.

Voice Memos.

The most popular audio recording app in the world gets new tools for organizing recordings. An all‑new Enhance Recording feature lets you improve the sound quality of your recordings with a single tap.

Open recording, tap on play and then tap on enhance. Removes background/floor noise. Then save.

Can save files to folders.

Apple Event

Apple Watch 6 399

Blood oxygen Sensor

Apple watch SE 299

Fall detection


iCloud, music, arcade, news plus, fitness plus, Apple TV

iPad 8th Gen

Neuro Engine

A12 Bionic

iPad OS 14

10.2 retina display

Starting at $329

$299 for edu customers

iPad Air

5 iPad air colors: rose gold, green, sky blue, silver, space grey

liquid retina 

10.9 display

All screen design

touch ID built into the top button.

new chip: A14 Bionic

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