Stevie Wonder gives props to Steve Jobs
Apparently Stevie Wonder is a MacHead at heart. During a recent performance, Wonder took a moment to sing the praises of Apple and its founder Steve Jobs.
During a recent performance, Wonder took a moment to sing the praises of Apple and its founder Steve Jobs. But it wasn't because of the innovations Apple has made in the music industry. Wonder appreciates Apple for something much more personal to him.
It sometimes gets pushed under the rug, but one of the areas that Apple has been pioneering is technology for the deaf and blind. Wonder, who has been blind since childhood, has rarely been able to appreciate the latest and greatest advancements in consumer electronics.
He has no use for a 3D TV, can't do much with an Xbox 360, but he can absolutely use an iPhone.
The iPhone software, iOS, allows blind users to touch the screen and hear voice-over descriptions on whatever they're touching. It's basically like touch-screen braille.
And in fact, there is also a Bluetooth braille keyboard for iOS devices as well.
So Wonder, knowing Jobs is continuing to suffer in his health, has this to say about what he has done for other people with physical disabilities:
"Often times many of us in the industry overlook the difficulties that some of us face in interacting with technology, so props to Wonder, and Jobs, and others for bringing these concerns and the progress being made in the realm of tech accessibility to light. We’ve still got a long ways to go. Yeah."