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  • Apple Adds Assistive Touch to iPad in iOS 5 Beta




    Apple has finally enabled the "Assistive Touch," feature to help users perform touch based gestures on the iPad.

    The feature, which was present in previous builds of the iOS 5 beta, but has only now been enabled, allows users to perform gestures and button actions in one touch on the iPad. The Assistive touch menu can be called up by tapping a designated corner of the iPads screen.

    The overlaid menu appears (much like the the volume display when it is adjusted) and
    includes one touch access to a number of gestures including pinch, swipe, shake, rotation, and custom gestures which can be recorded and added to the menu as well.

    This seems like a fantastic feature for the elderly, physically disabled, and more forgetful iPad users out there.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Adds Assistive Touch to iPad in iOS 5 Beta started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Rytchy's Avatar
      Rytchy -
      Almost like full screen safari in cydia?
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      I think this is ALSO a nice addition to people who have say, a broken home button, or broken power button like I do on my iPhone 4..

      I can finally lock the screen without having to wait for it to turn off after 1 minute.
    1. 240v's Avatar
      240v -
      About time.

      I remember about 7 months ago you guys put up an article about radial menu's coming to the next iOS update, I guess this could be it.

      Patent Apple, hope to see more innovative ideas from them in the near future
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      LOL.. im feeling a some sort of an SB settings coming...
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      This looks like something I saw on Cydia for iPhones - looked similar
    1. pentatonic145's Avatar
      pentatonic145 -
      I have an iPad 2 running iOS 5 Beta 3 and I can't figure out how to enable this feature...? I've tapped all the corners and looked in Settings.app but I can;t find anything...
    1. Brick James's Avatar
      Brick James -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      This looks like something I saw on Cydia for iPhones - looked similar
      I feel like this is what Apple is doing. " Since we can't stop people from Jailbreaking to make their devices theirs, we might as well take the ideas that they come up with and implement them and make it a part of the device." In other words, " If you can't beat em, join em".
    1. chods70's Avatar
      chods70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pentatonic145 View Post
      I have an iPad 2 running iOS 5 Beta 3 and I can't figure out how to enable this feature...? I've tapped all the corners and looked in Settings.app but I can;t find anything...

      Settings > General > Accessabilty > Assistive Touch
      Toggle the switch on.
      Nothing happens at first, but after I'd turned my iPad off then on again, the little White assist ball appears in the lower right. Hope this helps.