What's New in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14: Accessibility Features

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

With Apple announcing that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be releasing on 16 September, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new accessibility features that are coming. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Headphone accommodation
  • Sound recognition
  • Real-time TTY
  • FaceTime now detect sign language
  • Real-time headphone audio level measurement
  • VoiceOver Recognition
  • Back Tap
  • New voices for Voice Control
  • Magnifier improvements
  • Braille auto-panning
  • Photo and video captioning



Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I loved that iOS 14 will be released during my birthday month! Now hopefully I can use the apps that are currently inaccessible for me. I would love to play the inaccessible games too.
This is so cool!!! Thank you Apple for all of the new features!!!
Next please improve the accessibility of the Game Center and Apple Arkade, then this will be excellent for the blind community.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

What happen to the Gold Master release?

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The IOS/IPadOS 14 Gold Master, did indeed come out today. I'm about to update both my iPad Mini and iPhone 11 to said update, both at the same time.

I saw a youtube video on it after I posted this. It had no changes to iOS 14 beta 8. I will wait to tomorrow for it for my series 5, 11 pro max and if there are updates software for Airpads first gen.

Submitted by JC on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I already updated my iPhone to the GM and it’s awesome!! I especially love the VoiceOver recognition feature. one app I use it with is Smule, a Karaoke singing app. This makes the app more accessible for me to use.

Submitted by Dennis Long on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

You no longer hear any notification tones while on a call this is a bug from iOS 13. is there any way to fix this?

Submitted by Anna D on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

Thanks for the great overview! A couple of things to note about Back tap. It's available on the iPhone X as well as the XR and later. I assume that means it's also on the 8 since it came out the same year as the X, but I don't know that for sure. I do know it's on the X because I have one.

In addition to accessing Back Tap from VoiceOver's Commands screen, you can access it through Accessibility/Touch/Back Tap. From there, you can assign these gestures to different things, including any shortcuts you have created. You either set up both gestures here or both gestures in VoiceOver Settings; you can't set up one in one place and one in the other.

Submitted by Anna D on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

Thanks for explaining all the ways to configure Magnifier. You can also use the App Library to drag it to a home screen once you've turned it on. This could be handy if you use it a lot.

Submitted by Dennis Long on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

it worked where you heard the notifications from at least iOS 12 all the way to beta 14. This is a bug and will be reported as such by me. Also I google and others are saying the same thing issue.