iPhone can now help visually impaired users maintain social distancing

Social distancing has become a new normal for staying safe. Government bodies from all countries have introduced dedicated COVID-19 apps, and even tech companies like Google and Apple put their tracking features to contribute to the same. Now, the latest iOS beta includes a new feature that can actually help visually impaired users during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Tech giant Apple offers a feature that allows visually impaired users to effectively maintain a social distance by indicating how far other people are from them. TechCrunch reported that the new feature measures the distance to people in iPhon’s camera view.

The feature is available thanks to Apple’s augmented reality (AR) platform for iOS devices, ARKit. The ARKit 4 application has introduced a programming interface which can access the information collected by the LiDar scanner at the latest iPhone 12 Pro series models. Therefore, the new feature should be available for iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPad Pro.

The LiDAR scanner on iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max measure the distance to surrounding objects. For ARKit, Apple has developed a feature called “people occlusion” that detects the shape of people.

The team found that when combined with the accurate distance measurements provided by the LiDAR units on iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, this tool could be of immense help for visually impaired users.

The iPhone packs many other features that are particularly useful for people with low vision or low vision. For example, “VoiceOver” describes exactly what is happening on yours iPhone and “Magnifier” works like a digital magnifier.

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The latest iOS beta packs a new feature that can help visually impaired users during the new coronavirus pandemic.

News Underline:

  • The latest beta of iOS includes new features for visually impaired users.
  • The new feature will alert visually impaired users to how far away others are.
  • The new functionality should be available for iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max and iPad Pro.