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Apple continues hard at work on interesting ideas with accessibility implications. One recent patent filing is for a system that eliminates the need for “ejecting” a USB or similar device before it is disconnected from a computer. Disengagement occurs when the device is touched or “if an impending touch is detected”; this could be helpful for people with dexterity disabilities, not to mention anyone who forgets, doesn’t understand, or has never heard of the ejection requirement. Another filing covers a way to have the contents of text messages automatically sent to a text-output device, to the benefit not only of the people with low vision mentioned in the patent but also many people with learning disabilities.

AppleInsider: New Apple patent filings cover device ejection, text to speech

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