New Assistive Touch Feature On iOS 5 Beta 3 Is Really Useful

New Assistive Touch Feature On iOS 5 Beta 3 Is Really Useful

This is included in our what’s new in iOS 5 Beta 3 post, but its so cool we thought it deserved separate highlighting.

In the new beta, Apple has activated the “Assistive Touch” settings pane for the iPad (but not on the iPhone or iPod Touch). Update: This works on the iPhone 4, but not my iPod Touch third-gen.

The new feature allows you to activate a menu overlay on the iPad by pressing on a designated corner of the dock after clicking the Home Button twice. This menu then allows you to trigger all of the iPad’s functions just by tapping an icon.

So let’s say your iPad’s gyroscope or rotation is broken, or won’t detect the lock switch. Now, you can just tap the iPad’s home button twice, tap a corner in the dock and trigger that function on the handy overlay that pops up.

Very neat, and very useful for troubleshooting, even if you don’t need the function for accessibility reasons.

[via MacRumors]

  • Tom McGrath

    This would be really handy for my iPod touch, as the lock switch hardly ever works. Oh wait… it’s a 2nd Gen iPod touch. :(

  • Anton Paul Czuba

    It worked on my ipod touch 3rd gen…

  • Anton Paul Czuba

    Turn it on and wait for a bit…

  • Jeffrey Gardner

    What “Assistive Touch” means to me is a segway for Apple to remove all hardware buttons… possible?

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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