Voiceover is a full featured screen reader built into Apple’s iOS and MacOS platforms. It is an accessibility feature that can support low vision and blind users to help them hear what exactly is on the device screen. Apple devices such an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV and iPod touch all support the Voiceover feature.
Using touch screen gestures, a keyboard or refreshable braille display, users are fully guided to perform any action they desire. This could range from simple activities such as learning the current battery level and identifying what app is currently selected to performing more advanced actions such as web browsing and video editing.
For example, many VI users access a simple set of touchscreen gestures to navigate handheld devices such as iPhones and iPads. Finger drags and flicks are used to move around the screen whilst a combination of single and multiple finger tap and swipe gestures can be used to perform actions such as moving between screen pages or activating a privacy screen curtain.
To further support those with degrees of residual sight, a black rectangular cursor always appears around the screen element that has focus.
The Voiceover rotor is a virtual control dial that offers advanced screen reader options in addition to the Voiceover touchscreen gestures. It can be used in a number of ways – from changing the screen reader volume and speaking speed to navigating more easily through web pages and documents.
Voiceover offers built in male and female voices across over 30 languages.