Thursday, September 15, 2011, 05:42 pm
Stevie Wonder thanks Steve Jobs for making iOS devices fully accessibleOn stage at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, Stevie Wonder gave a shoutout to Apple's Steve Jobs for making the iPhone and iPad fully accessible to disabled users.
Highlighted in a report by The Next Web , the blind from birth performer asked the audience to think about helping those with disabilities, specifically calling attention to Jobs.
"I want you all to give a hand to someone that you know whose health is very bad at this time," Stevie Wonder said. "His company took the challenge in making his technology accessible to everyone. In the spirit of caring and moving the world forward, Steve Jobs."
He added, "because there's nothing on the iPhone or iPad that you can do that I can't do. As a matter of fact, i can be talking to you, you can be looking at me, and I can be doing whatever I need to do and you don't even know what I'm doing!"
Apple has made accessibility a primary feature of iOS, adding layers of support to help users with visual, hearing, or motor limitations.
Other mobile platforms offer far less support. Those that do include some accessibility features, such as Google's Android, can be overridden by licensees. The site Android Accessibility specifically notes that HTC, Motorola and Samsung package customization layers and apps on their Android phones that are not accessible.
Stevie Wonder's comments start at about 4:40 in the clip below.
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