iOS 6 Assistive Touch

September 24, 2012 // Tagged in: technology, software

iOS 6 brought a great new accessibility feature that's actually pretty handy for general use. The feature, called "Assistive Touch" can be enabled in Settings.app > general > accessibility. When this feature is enabled, a small dot-like button is overlayed on the screen, and can be moved and docked on any screen edge. Oddly, it doesn't appear in device screenshots.

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Opening the menu by tapping the dot shows this menu. Selecting favorites shows one default: pinch.

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Trying this out in maps places a blue overlay line with an arrow at each end. Oddly, this doesn't show in screenshots either.

What's great about this is that you can now pinch-to-zoom and plane-rotate the maps, with just a thumb - still holding your phone with one hand.