Tips to widen your iPhone screens to avoid headaches – Times of India
Apple has added a number of accessibility features in its iOS 15 release that can be explored and customized under the Accessibility section in settings. Zoom is a new reworked accessibility feature under iOS 15 which lets you magnify specific parts of your apple device screen.
Nowadays, a lot of people are spending a lot of time looking at screens as remote working numbers increase due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While navigating screens, headache-inducing blue light and tiny print on websites are very annoying. Technology must also be accessible for blind and visually impaired users.
Apple’s Zoom tool
The Zoom tool lets you enlarge specific parts of your screen. You can customise the feature to magnify the whole screen or a draggable windowed view.
Zoom also allows you to turn on gestures like double-tapping three fingers to activate Zoom, move around your screen and change the magnification.
To access Zoom, open the Settings app on your Apple device, tap Accessibility and choose Zoom.
Zoom tool functions
To make the magnification feature work best, you have to go through some of the options present in the zoom tool. Here are the options that you need to turn on or off to get the perfect magnification that suits your needs.
Follow Focus: This option lets you track your selections, like your text insertion point, as well as your typing.
Smart Typing: This is only available if you turn on Follow Focus. This lets you switch to Window Zoom when the keyboard pops up. Window Zoom magnifies a section of the screen in a window that you can drag around to expand what you need to see, like a digital magnifying glass. Also, once the keyboard pops up, you can double-tap to magnify where you’re typing, but the keyboard won’t magnify
Keyboard Shortcuts: This feature works only if you’ve connected an external keyboard to your iPad. If you have, simply toggle on the option to find and customize keyboard shortcuts like toggling Zoom, moving your Window, resizing your Window and more. If you open Zoom on your Mac, you can turn on Zoom keyboard shortcuts, scroll gestures, enable hover text and zoom on the touch bar. For example, toggle zoom is Option + Command + 8. Pressing that combination lets you zoom in and back out. You can also choose whether you want to magnify the full screen, split-screen, or picture-in-picture mode.
Zoom Region: This function lets you choose between a Window Zoom, Full Screen Zoom or Pinned Zoom. Window Zoom will magnify a section of your screen, but you’ll still be able to see some of the unmagnified screen and pan over that area. Full Screen Zoom eliminates the window and works like double-tapping to magnify and pan around on a photo. Pinned Zoom lets you choose a specific section of the screen — top, left, right or bottom — and keeps the unpinned section in regular size.
Zoom Filter: This lets you customize the magnified section’s colouring — inverted, grayscale, grayscale inverted or low light.
Maximum Zoom Level: This is a simple slider that lets you customize the magnification anywhere between 1.2x all the way to 15x.