For the low-vision iOS users out there we are proud to announce the creation of our newest blog at Fedora Outlier. Every Monday our low-vision teaching specialist Chris Ingram will be sharing an iOS tip about how to get something done on iOS using the built in screen magnifier Zoom. In this first post Chris tells us all how to make seeing the text on your iPad or iPhone screen easier to read, so stay tuned to this blog for more useful and interesting tips on how to get the most out of your iOS device.

The Academy of Ophthalmology defines low vision as what happens if ordinary eyeglasses, contact lenses or intra-ocular lens implants do not provide a person with clear vision. So if you are like me (you have low vision) and you want to use your iOS device just like everyone else that enjoys this hip technology, you have just come to the right place my friend.

The neat thing about Apple is that it makes it so vision has no place in the usability of their products. It helps Apple sell more iDevices  (phones, iPads) and it helps folks with vision loss enjoy the best advancements in technology since the light bulb. In this series of blogs we will go over accessibility tips for low vision individuals when it comes to iOS 7. So grab that iPhone and get ready to become an expert in iOS.

A great new feature in iOS 7 is the ability to go bold on text so that you can read the text a lot better. As you know text that is bold is much easier on the eyes than just standard text.
To apply this setting do the following:

  • Go to your Setting app
  • Tap the General tab
  • Tap Accessibility tab
  • You now need to tap the Bold Text button.

When you turn Bold Text on you will be given this message: Applying this setting will restart your iPhone. So don’t get nervous when your iPhone goes black because it’s just doing a restart to apply the new settings.  Now you should notice that the fonts on your iphone are all in bold and much easier to read.

Keep an eye out for new blogs on using iOS 7 and let us know if we can do anything for you when it comes to mastering your Apple device.

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