In order to help users navigate around its devices, Apple offers numerous accessibility features. For example, we have seen Apple add nifty accessibility features and tools like emergency sound recognition, advanced magnifier tool, and voice control features in iOS 14. Today, according to the latest news, in order to help people with speech disabilities, the company has launched a new feature dubbed “Saylists” on Apple Music.
BBC reported that one in every twelve children in the United Kingdom suffers from some sort of speech sound disability/disorder (SSD). This time Apple partnered with Warner Music to develop the said feature. This new feature will use algorithms to find songs with challenging lyrics and sounds. According to Apple, the purpose of “Saylists” would be to offer users songs that would have repeating sounds like “ch…”, “g…”, “k…”, “z…” because repeating challenging sounds is one of the most successful therapeutic strategies to treat the speech sound disorder.
The new algorithm will scour 70 million songs on Apple Music to find songs that would be helpful for people with SSD. According to Apple, the new algorithm has selected 173 such songs which include Lizzo’s Good as Hell and Right There, Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now, and Fatboy Slim’s Right Now. If you search “Saylists” on Apple Music, then you will get dedicated playlists for the aforementioned sounds. Some of the featured artists of these Saylists playlist includes Dj Tiesto, Tones And I, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, and Jack Black.
Kamini Gadhok, the Chief Executive at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists told BBC, “We’re always pleased to hear about innovative approaches that support speech-and-language therapists in their work. As with all new techniques and tools, we recommend effective evaluation and monitoring of outcomes.”