How Are The Visually-Impaired Using The iPhone?
The device's apps and accessibility have had a positive impact on its blind users.
The iPhone has had a great impact on the lives of visually-impaired users. Although the flat-screen lacks buttons and means relying on audio cues, a number of its apps and the accessibility feature provide useful functions and can help the blind find their way around independently. There is an interesting article on The Atlantic about this subject:
Blind people use their iPhones slightly different than the sighted because, well, they can’t see what they’re tapping on. So instead of pressing down and opening up an app, they can press anywhere on the screen and hear where their finger is. If it’s where they want to be, they can double-tap to enter. If it isn’t, they’ll flick their finger to the right, to the left, towards the top or the bottom, to navigate themselves. The same for the simple “slide to unlock” command.