iOS 16.2 will introduce "Custom Accessibility Mode" with a streamlined experience for iPhone and iPad

iOS 16.2 will introduce “Custom Accessibility Mode” with a streamlined experience for iPhone and iPad

Apple released iOS 16.2 beta 2 to developers on Tuesday as the company prepares to make the update publicly available in December. Officially, it adds the new Freeform collaboration app and improvements to the Home app. under the hood, 9to5Mac found that Apple is working on a new “Custom Accessibility Mode” that will provide a “streamlined” experience for iPhone and iPad.

Updated post with more screenshots showing the new interface.

Custom accessibility mode

Called “Clarity”, this new mode essentially replaces Springboard (which is the main interface of iOS) with a simpler one. The feature, which is still not available to users in the current beta, will be available as an accessibility option, aiming to make the iPhone and iPad interface more user-friendly for users who might find it too complicated. .

Apple internally describes Custom Accessibility Mode as a “customizable, streamlined way to use your iPhone and iPad.” In some ways, the new mode should work similarly to the current Guided Access mode, which allows users to lock their device to a single app. However, the custom accessibility mode will allow users to navigate the system with certain restrictions.

For example, users will be able to set things like UI and larger text, apps available on the home screen, allowed contacts, and access to hardware buttons when custom accessibility mode is on. activated. A password can be set to prevent others from changing these settings. Triple-clicking the Side button (or Home button) quickly toggles Custom Accessibility Mode on and off.

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with a simplified experience for iPhone and iPad

Once the mode is activated, even the interface of the applications becomes extremely simplified and with larger elements, as you can see below:

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with a simplified experience for iPhone and iPad

Even though Apple worked on this Custom Accessibility Mode feature with iOS 16.2, it is unclear if it will be available to users with the official release of the update or with a future version of iOS.

Update: More screenshots

Here are some exclusive screenshots showing the custom accessibility mode interface. The lock screen is simplified with a “Hold to enter” while the home screen has giant icons with no Dock. Apple’s native apps eliminate almost every aspect of the regular interface in favor of focusing on big, big things.

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with a simplified experience for iPhone and iPad

Learn more about iOS 16.2

Besides Custom Accessibility Mode, iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 include some notable changes. The Freeform collaboration app is now available for iPad, iPhone, and Mac users. There have also been changes to the Home app, updates to the Weather app, and more. Here’s an overview of everything we’ve discovered so far:

According to reports from Bloomberg, iOS 16.2 is currently slated for release in mid-December. As always, these updates may be delayed or features removed depending on development and testing progress over the next month.

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