iOS8 Release Provides Greater Accessibility

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iOS8 LogoApple's iOS8 was recently released, and we are excited about the improved accessibility bundled into the upgrade. Ablenet Technology offers a useful review of the new features and an iOS8 upgrade checklist to help you decide whether to upgrade now or wait.

iOS8 boasts several accessibility improvements, including Switch Control, Assistive Touch enhancements, word prediction and more.

Apple's designs often set the pace for industry standards, and these enhancements illustrate how quickly accessibility is becoming mainstream. More than ever, mobile app developers need to understand how accessibility impacts their apps--and how their apps impact users with disabilities. We expect the latest improvements in iOS8 will help broaden awareness and encourage greater digital accessibility at large.

Ed note: iOS8.0.2 has been released, which provides bug fixes for 8.0.1. You can read details here.


For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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