New Feature Will Let You Control Apple iPad and iPhone With Your Eyes


Apple has announced a good number of accessibility features that will be dropping on Apple iPad and iPhone “later this year.” Among them, the most interesting feature is the one that lets you control your device with your eyes. As you may have guessed, it utilizes eye-tracking.

This eye-tracking feature is mostly aimed at people with physical disabilities. However, anyone can use it. Under the hood, eye-tracking utilizes AI, and at the initial stage, you will need to go through a short calibration phase. This phase uses the front-facing camera and takes a couple of seconds. Once it’s complete, you will be all good to use this convenient feature on your iPhone or iPad.

There’s no need for any extra hardware, nor will you need to use any accessories. Another thing to note is that eye-tracking on Apple iPhone and iPad will work on every app. You can use it to navigate through every element and Dwell Control to activate elements.

Other New Features Coming to Your iPhone and iPad

Besides the new eye-tracking feature, Apple has announced a good number of new features for iPhone and iPad. Here’s a brief rundown of them:

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