I have a friend who is 75-years old and has Parkinson’s disease. He’s also crazy about his iPhone and tech in general, and eager to buy the latest and greatest gadgets to hit the market.
More importantly, his smartphone is his lifeline to the outside world. He uses it for watching and reading news – one of his favorite pastimes – and for keeping up with the world around him. He also goes straight to his smartphone to order food delivery, use car services like Lyft and Uber, and contact people in emergencies. And he’s generally really good at it all.
But lately, he, and several other senior friends and family members, are having trouble making their iPhones work in a way that’s become second nature for so many of us. The very gestures and controls meant to make this particular gadget one of the most intuitive and easiest to use on the planet – just aren’t working anymore.
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The good news is, Apple has a fix for the most common accessibility issues – if you know where to find them. Here are seven simple iPhone secrets to share with – or set up for – seniors that can make life a whole lot easier all the way around. One note here, many of these features work with iPads as well, as long as you have iOS 13 or 14 on your devices.
Make it easier to see
The simplest and easiest way…