“We don’t design products for some people or even most people. We design them for every single person.”
As the How Do I? community knows, since our launch, we have only been available on Android. Although Apple uses NFC in iPhone 6 and up, until recently, they did not allow for the 3rd party use of this feature. It’s fairly common for Apple to limit some of the functionality of their technology to their own ecosystem.
But after seeing the potential, Apple have enabled 3rd parties to take advantage of the feature in the recent iOS 11 update. They made this announcement at the Annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2017, which is available to watch here: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2017/718/
Opening up the NFC capability will allow for Apple to tap into new and interesting collaborations, which they have previously been missing out on.
We are extremely pleased that Apple have added an extra layer of accessibility support, enabling us to reach many more people.
Apple are very proud of the work they do around accessibility, and so they should be. If you haven’t already seen their awe-inspiring accessibility film, then be sure to check it out. There is a clear human centred design approach to a lot of the accessibility features that Apple have built into their products.
They also say “the most powerful technology in the world is technology that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use.” We wholeheartedly agree. We believe that good design is inclusive and should be able to be used by everyone. Automatic doors were introduced for wheelchair users, as were dropped curbs. Bus announcements were introduced for people with visual impairments, yet all of these design features benefit everyone.
Another accessible feature built into Apple’s products is Apple Pay, which uses Contactless Technology, very similar to NFC (Near Field Communication) to make payments easier. NFC is a short range high frequency wireless communication technology. In the last year the use of Apple Pay has increased dramatically.
“The number of banks globally that support Apple Pay increased in the past year by 41% to 2,707 banks. We believe there are 127m global active Apple Pay users, up from 62m a year ago”. Loup Ventures
This is an incredible jump in usage and really highlights that when you design to make something possible for some, it can be used by and benefit the many.
The announcement opens up possibilities for companies like WayAround, which is a Smart Assistant for people who are visually impaired. WayAround is an app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things, through NFC technology. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you.
At How Do I?, we’ve made it our mission to deliver practical video-enabled tools to make learning more accessible.
We provide access to the right instructional information, in the right place, at the right time through NFC technology. Simply tap your device on to a NFC enabled sticker to instantly launch an easy to follow video.
The video shows you how to complete the task or learn a new skill. The app has built in pauses so you can work at your own pace.
We work with schools, employers and manufacturers to co-create content to link make learning more accessible.
If you’d like to know more about what we do, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our website www.wearehowdoi.com