There’s nothing quite as jarring as waking up to check an important email in the middle of the night and being greeted by a bright white iPhone screen. Save your eyes and learn to leverage the iOS Accessibility feature that let you invert your screen’s colors with a simple and easy home button shortcut.
Accessibility has always been an important factor for Apple when it comes to designing hardware and software, and both iOS and OS X include a number of modes and options to increase usability for those with unique needs. While some of these accessibility options are primarily beneficial to only certain users, others can be helpful to all users regardless of need or circumstances. One such example is LED flash alerts on the iPhone.
With its recent shift to a flat and modern design, Apple may have gone too far when it comes to buttonless buttons in iOS 7 and iOS 8. Here’s how users frustrated by this change can get back some semblance of graphical buttons in iOS, by enabling what Apple calls “button shapes.”
The new modern design of iOS 7 looks cool, but its thin and light fonts can be hard to read for many people. Here’s how to make things easier to see by using an option to enable bold fonts in the iOS user interface.
After upgrading to the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview, we proceeded to install one of our favorite everyday OS X apps: SizeUp. This neat little app, which we’ve used for years, allows you to quickly snap and position windows on your screen using keyboard shortcuts. SizeUp uses OS X’s GUI scripting control features to work its magic, and it requires you to “enable access for assistive devices” in System Preferences each time you install it on a new computer.…