|A screenshot of Apple's information on accessibility.|
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Yesterday, Apple announced new features coming to their newest version of their operating system, iOS 6. On their website they have a preview of the new operating system, which promises to bring a host of accessibility features to the system along with other features. One of the comments on the preview that jumped out at me, though, is this line:
I can't find much more information about this online (not even who the "top manufacturers" are). The wording of this comment seems ambiguous. It could mean there will be "iHearingAids" sometime soon, or the wording could imply an aid to hearing - more accessibility features programmed with the input from manufacturers of hearing aids.And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.
Lastly, and what I think might be the most likely, is that Apple is providing certain specifications that hearing aid manufacturers can meet in order to brand their products "Made for iPhone." This is similar to the way speaker manufacturers and other companies can brand their products "Made for iPhone."
I'm not a big Apple fan (Linux through and through), but the idea of a computing company manufacturing its own brand of hearing aids intrigues me. It may not be happening here, but I could easily see it happening sometime in the future.
What do you think? Would you seek out hearing aids specifically branded "Made for iPhone?"