Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently testing out motion detection features for the iOS 7. 9to5Mac was the first to report this feature they discovered from an anonymous tipster. The “accessibility” feature allows users to control their iPhone or iPad with left or right head movements. They even tested it only to find that it is accurate, however it can get tedious simply because it cycles all your options on the screen and you have to move your head to border the option you want.
Nod Your Head to Tap Your Phone
Even more useful, you can use left or right head motion to get to the homescreen, start Siri, open Notification Center, open up app switcher, change volume, or to simply tap. This feature works by utilizing the front-facing camera on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone or iPad to detect head motions. When the camera is on, the system will automatically run through every option until the user selects the option they want by turning their head to the side.
Apple’s Feature Could Be Revolutionary for People With Limited Mobility
Heather Kelly for CNN elaborates, “The approach appears time-consuming, but being able to navigate the phone interface this way with head movements could potentially be useful for people with limited mobility or other disabilities that make touch or voice interfaces difficult to use. The new version of the iOS mobile operating system is still in beta testing, when its features are used by developers creating new apps while Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fixes bugs and polishes the interface. Regular iPhone users will be able to upgrade to iOS 7 in the fall.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is apparently in the works of transforming their whole iOS while creating more competition against Samsung. It’s a unique idea that is sure to create new interest in their products. There is a lot of anticipation for the upcoming iPhone 5S, which is expected to launch something during summer or fall. So far, nothing has been confirmed.