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Alternative Access Interface selection guide for Apple iOS

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Alternative Access Interface selection guide for Apple iOS

Selection guide for the Zyteq range of alternative access options for Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPodTouch).

How to choose the best iPad switch interface for your use.

NOTES:


 

Applicator

Advantages: Ability to use iOS7+ Switch Control as well as switch adapted apps.  Also has direct access to music controls as well as the ability to be configured as switch access to the camera.
Considerations: Switching between different modes requires pressing buttons on the adapter. 

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Simply Works for iPad

Advantages: The same as the APPlicator in functionality except allows for wireless switches via the Simply Works range.  
Considerations: Not able to use standard 3.5mm switch inputs. Changing the type of input requires changing the settings on the switch/joystick not on the Simply Works for iPad. 

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Blue2

Advantages: Built in switches might be preferable for certain users.  Easy to use and custom modes can be programmed easily using a USB keyboard.   Also compatible with most tablet/computers with Bluetooth including Windows, and OS X Mavericks (Mac).  Access to switch adapted apps and iOS7+ switch control.
Considerations:  Built in switches may not be suitable for all people.  Larger than other interfaces as the switches are built in. 

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iSwitch

Advantages: Ability to use iOS7+ Switch Control as well as switch adapted apps.  Also has direct access to music controls as well as the ability to be configured as switch access to the camera.  One switch built into top of unit.  Very compact unit considering switch built in.

Considerations: Switching between different modes requires pressing buttons on the adapter.  If using two switch scanning a second switch will need to be plugged into the iSwitch.


 

 

Useful links:

Pretorian iPad Access Selector:

http://www.pretorianuk.com/ipad-access-selector

The Ablenet -  iOS 11 Accessibility Switch Control - The Missing User Guide [PDF DOWNLOAD]

 


A table comapring the features of the switch interfaces used for Apple iOS (iPad etc)

This is now a little out of date as the iOS versions and Apple models change so quickly. It will remain intact for now so you can see how the scenehas changed. But please know that the items no longer offered are discontinued for a reason or several reasons.  It is usually due to their limited fucntionality as the versins evolve. 

 

APPlicator

Simply Works for iPad

iSwitch

Blue2

Hook +

Zybox 2 SC

Switch 2 Scan

Connection

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Lightning Cable

30Pin or Lightning (via adaptor)

Bluetooth

iOS6 Voice Over Control

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

iOS7+ Switch Control

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES - Limited

Music Control

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

Switch Adapted Apps

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES - Limited

YES - Limited

Number of Switches

Up to 4 Switches

Up to 6 Simply Works transmitters can be paired.

One built in.  Second via jack.  External can be plugged in if the built in switch is not suitable.

2 Built in.  2 external switches can be plugged in if the built in switches are not suitable.

Up to 4 switches

Up to 3 switches

Up to 4 switches.

Compatible switches

Standard 3.5mm jacks for switches.

No switch ports.  Uses the Simply Works range of switches or joysticks.

Inbuilt switch or standard 3.5mm jacks for external switches.

Inbuilt switches or standard 3.5mm jacks for external switches.

Standard 3.5mm jacks for switches.

Standard 3.5mm jacks for switches.

Standard 3.5mm jacks for switches.

iPhone/iPod Compatible

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery via USB.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery via USB.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery via USB.

Rechargeable via USB.

Directly wired – no battery.  Can charge iDevice via included USB.

Directly wired – no batteries.  Can charge iDevice via included USB.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery via USB.

To understand switch access and the iPad (or Apple iOS) please read ABLENET's wonderful guide.

Download:  iOS 9 Accessibility Switch Control - The Missing User Guide

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