This is the first in a 12 part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.
For the first request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
1. Accessibility Preference Syncing Via iCloud
Quite often, it is hard to get one's accessibility preferences just right. Whether it is making sure VoiceOver's speaking rate is at a comfortable speed, Zoom's magnification is just right, or some other preference that must be adjusted over time, it is hard to make sure that changes are applied on every device one uses on a regular basis. We are therefore asking Apple to add optional settings to sync each type of accessibility preferences (VoiceOver, Zoom, etc.) with iCloud to ensure a smooth accessibility experience across devices. Apple could even add a setting to allow accessibility preferences to sync based on form factor. For example, one could then sync all iPads one used, but retain different settings for different Macs.
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