In late 2019, Apple won an assistive-centric technology patent, dubbed 'Interface Scanning for Disabled Users.' This can be applied to many of the company's core devices, including the MacBook, the iPad, and the iPhone. The technology patent is concerned with updating phones, laptops, and tablets to be more inclusive for use and the focus is placed on the needs of people with physical disabilities.
Apple wants to diversify the possible inputs for the selection of an element on a computing device. Examples here include the more conventional button press, mouse click or tap, as well as more accessibility-enabling actions such as voice command or movement of part of the user's body.
The power of the patent is described in a video of Ian MacKay who is using the iPhone's "assistive technology, [which is] called 'Switch Control.'"
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