Amidst announcing a spate of new features for people with disabilities won Wednesday, Apple gave way to the all-new SignTime, which is essentially a sign language interpreter service that helps users contact AppleCare and retail customer care through their web browsers.
The new SignTime service is starting off in the US, UK, and France, and offers remote interpreter access for American Sign Language, British Sign Language, and French Sign Language. People can also use the service in Apple stores to get interpretation without booking it in advance.
Announcing the new feature on Twitter, Tim Cook wrote, “We believe everyone should have the tools they need to change the world. Accessibility is a fundamental right, and we’re always pushing the boundaries of innovation so that everyone can learn, create and connect in new ways.”
Among the other software updates that will be made later this year to iOS, watchOS, and iPadOS will be: improved options for Assistive Touch, VoiceOver, hearing aid support, and background sounds. Other features also include the ability to use mouth sounds like clicks or pops instead of using physical buttons, the customization of display and text size settings in individual apps, and new Memoji options with cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, and soft helmets.