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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

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Touches like this will no longer be required to control Apple Watches.

The AssistiveTouch hand-movement control feature will permit the Apple Watch to be controlled touch-free.

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Apple will launch features later this year that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches and eye-motion control of iPads.

The AssistiveTouch hand-movement control feature was developed to facilitate touch-free smartwatch control for users with upper-body limb differences; an Apple spokesman said it will be available to all users at launch.

Apple also plans to update the iPad operating system to support third-party eye-tracking devices, and to introduce "background sounds" that iPhone users can use to minimize distractions and maintain calm.

Jonathan Hassell at U.K.-based accessibility consultancy Hassell Inclusion said, "The big guys tend to do the right thing. The thing that now needs to be done is for everybody to follow their lead."

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