How to Use VoiceOver Recognition on iOS and iPadOS

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In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to the expanded VoiceOver Recognition features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

These use on-device intelligence to recognize key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.

VoiceOver Recognition offers the following features:

VoiceOver Recognition: Image descriptions
VoiceOver reads complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web.

VoiceOver Recognition: Text recognition
VoiceOver speaks the text it identifies within images and photos.

VoiceOver Recognition: Screen recognition
VoiceOver automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible.



Submitted by Remy on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I actually think keeping XS/XR is in fact important. While it is true the devices are similar enough, I know spacial audio appears not to be available on the Ipad Pro 9.7 inch for some reason. (It's the one I have and I'm very disappointed by this). It's just good to include such information to ensure everyone knows their devices are compatible.

A lot of tech outlets seem to have not read…
the first go around.
, quoting:

"The new design of iPad Air features stereo speakers in landscape mode, elevating the audio experience so users can enjoy wider stereo sound while watching video."

Since the IPad 8th Gen is similar to the IPad 7th gen, it too does not do the spacial audio thing either.

Submitted by venova on Thursday, September 17, 2020

This is really helpful when I am browsing photos. I find this very useful.
What app were you using for that the film about the man and a plaque? Just curios. The screed ID is also really great.

I should have also said by extension, you need a device running the A12 chip or later, as anything with the A10 chip (such as the iPad 7), is not supported.

I can't say anything about you folks on iPhone 8s/iPhone 10, as I have never owned something with an A11 chip in it.

Submitted by venova on Friday, September 18, 2020

Am I right in asuming that you can play Songpop? Cannot make i0 tt work.

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Friday, September 18, 2020

Most of the time, people play song pop using the Amazon Alexa app, instead of the app itself. At least, that's what I've seen.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, September 19, 2020

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In reply to by venova

Hi Sasha Stride,

The movie in question that I had seen the text recognition working for me was on Apple TV+ called Greyhound. Like you it has been exciting to see the various ways that the text and image recognition is working.

Submitted by Mister Kayne on Friday, December 11, 2020

Thank you for sharing this podcast, it's amaing to have such technology. I would like to know, how do I only get VoiceOver to speak text in images. Especially the ones forwarded to you via What app. I do not want my apps. made accessible; however; if there are images with text in those apps. that is welcome. To put it simply, text in images should be read. Any help in setting VoiceOver to do this is appreciated!

Submitted by venova on Friday, January 8, 2021

Yatzy world works for me,, now' Earlier I was not able to enter a game without turning of voiceover and then tapping randomly' What I do is to switch to screen recognition. There will be a row of images but go a little bit to the right; then you can see your turn, and game state.

Submitted by venova on Saturday, January 16, 2021

So I gave it a try and it works great. I have always wanted to play that game.