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Stevie Wonder Gives A Shout Out To Steve Jobs

Submitted by on September 24, 2011 – 1:16 pmOne Comment

R&B legend Stevie Wonder recently gave an unexpected shout out at a concert in Los Angeles, thanking Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Does Wonder just love his iPod so much he wanted to thank Jobs personally? Well, sort of. The musician, who was born blind, was discussing difficulties faced by people with disabilities, and was thanking Jobs for making all Apple products so accessible to the disabled community.

As Wonder puts it, “There’s nothing you can do on the iPhone or iPad that I can’t do.”

(The mention of Jobs begins around 4:39.)

According to their Web site, Apple has created many innovative technologies to make iOS more accessible to people with disabilities, and includes such features standard in all iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

These include:

  • VoiceOver: A program with a number of features to help the blind use Apple products, like reading Web pages out loud, using touchpad gestures to explore screens, and supporting Braille extensions.
  • Closed Captioning: for movies, videos, and podcasts.
  • Slow Keys, Sticky Keys, and Mouse Keys: for people who have difficulty operating on a standard keyboard and mouse.

By comparison, the Android Accessibility site addresses only the vision impaired, and admits that not all Android apps are accessible.

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