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    • #30053
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      Did anyone watch the Apple event last week? I didn’t, but I read the highlights and saw the iPhone Mini is being discontinued. I’m kind of disappointed. Apple prides itself on accessibility, but this is a loss for the disability community.

      Over the last year, I’ve gotten weaker and have had more trouble reaching the top buttons on my iPhone 13 Pro screen (even using the reachability feature). I was planning on getting the mini next to make my life easier, but I didn’t want to have to downgrade. I use my phone for literally everything and am on it all day long for communication purposes. So getting a good phone is important to me. Now I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

      What do you think about Apple discontinuing the mini?

      PS- If anyone has any ideas on how to select the buttons at the top of my screen more easily so I don’t have to downgrade, I’m all ears.

    • #30061
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      Dang, I like my Mini. I thought I might miss the bigger screen but I don’t. The smaller size is much more manageable. Guess I’ll have to figure out how to not drop it so often to preserve the lifespan. What do you have now?

      Is voice control an option? It might not work for you if talking is difficult but I’ve actually found it helpful from time to time. Or maybe a stylus? I’m not sure what kind of pressure you’d need or if it’d be too awkward. I’m pretty sure you can connect switches to your phone somehow too. I’m not smart enough to know how but Viola and Dan did a video a while back. Let me see if I can find the link…maybe this one? https://youtu.be/89rc1nta6i0

    • #30062
      Micaela MacDougall
      Participant

      So glad I upgraded to the 13 mini last year, when it was still the shiniest new model.  I definitely wouldn’t like anything bigger.  Now I’m set for another 3-4 years, by which time Apple will probably have switched things up again.

    • #30064
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      The switches looked promising but you can’t have Switches and Assistive Touch on simultaneously. I have no idea why that is but I need Assistive Touch for sure. So switches are unfortunately out for me. I may just end up downgrading too, but I’m still super frustrated that they dropped the mini. Hopefully, we’ll see improvements with next year’s phones.

    • #30065
      Tammi Bradley
      Participant

      NOOO! My “mini me” is my LIFE!

    • #30071
      Anna
      Participant

      There is an app called ‘Phone Link’ which essentially mirrors your phone on the screen of your PC, so you can interact with it using your laptop’s touchpad or any other mouse you prefer. This is immensely helpful to me because the touchpad’s surface is significantly smaller than that of a smartphone and, therefore, much easier to reach. The only drawback is portability for obvious reasons (we can’t carry our laptops with us everywhere we go). Also, it works best for Samsung phones and Windows PCs, but I’m thinking there may be something similar for Apple products…?

      • #30074
        Alyssa Silva
        Keymaster

        Oh cool! That sounds like it would be a shame solution but unfortunately, I use my phone as a mouse for my laptop. It connects through an app called WiFi mouse. So I wouldn’t be able to mirror my screen because then I wouldn’t have a mouse. Thank you for the suggestion though! That’s a great accessibility feature.

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