IPhone 12 Pro models now help visually impaired people detect nearby people
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will receive a new feature called “People Detection” that will allow visually impaired users to detect how far they are from other people. The new feature is part of a new beta version of iOS 14.2. It uses the LiDAR sensor and the wide angle camera of the latest iPhone models to accurately detect the distance between users and nearby people. Apple may include it as one of the key accessibility-focused changes in the public release of iOS 14.2 in the coming days.
Available in the Magnifier app, the People Detection feature works with a combination of augmented reality (AR) and machine learning to help visually impaired iPhone users detect where humans and objects are around them. The addition was initially seen in September. However, it is now part of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max via the iOS 14.2 “Release Candidate” version that reached both developers and public beta testers on Friday.
How reported TechCrunch, the Person Detection feature is an extension of the occlusion of people Apple’s ARKit capability that allows the AR system to occlude the virtual content of a person identified by the camera feed.
In addition to the software settings, the function uses the LiDAR sensor and wide-angle camera on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to accurately measure the distance between users and nearby people, as well as objects. This eventually helps provide visual support for users who are blind or have extremely low vision.
The People Detection feature tells users if there are people in their space. If it finds someone in the vicinity, it measures the distance and then produces a sound in stereo that corresponds to that person’s direction. It is also capable of allowing users to set particular tones once the iPhone measures a certain distance. This essentially helps maintain a certain distance from other people and objects. It is also quite useful in today’s age when people are advised to stay at least six feet away from others.
Apple It has also provided a haptic pulse option that becomes faster when a person gets closer, as TechCrunch pointed out. However, the haptic pulse option is limited to the iPhone and is not available even on the Apple Watch. There is also an option to get a visual reading of how far the person is from the user.
Since the person detection feature is currently in its beta stage, it has some bugs that may not provide proper results all the time. However, Apple is likely to fix them before their public debut which may come alongside the public release of iOS 14.2.
It is important to note that the function is currently designed specifically for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. This means that you will not be able to experience it if you are using even the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 mini. Exclusivity may give some users another reason to choose a more expensive option on the iPhone 12 series.