Apple has added a new startup chime to the iPhone 14, giving it a sound that will play every time it is powered on.
The sound, similar to one that Mac users have been familiar with for years, is a new accessibility feature.
First noted by accessibility expert Steven Aquino, the chime can be enabled via the Accessibility section of the Settings app on new iPhones.
Twitter account @AppleSWUpdates has shared a clip of the sound, although we’ve yet to see an actual iPhone play it. It also isn’t yet clear whether this chime will be exclusive to the new iPhone 14 or if Apple will also enable it on older iPhones via the iOS 16 update.
It’s thought that the new chime is to help people who are blind or have vision issues know when their iPhone has restarted, something that wasn’t possible before.
iPhone 14 accessibility tidbit: Apple has added a Mac-like startup chime when you boot the phone. My understanding is a lot of Blind and low vision people, even inside the company, wished for a concrete way to tell whether their phone restarted.
— Steven Aquino (he/him) (@steven_aquino) September 7, 2022
Apple announced the new iPhone 14 lineup during an event on September 7 and they will all go up for pre-order tomorrow. Those who pre-order will be able to pick their new iPhones up on September 16, stock levels permitting.
iPhone 14 Pro will have the option for a startup and shut down sound https://t.co/ui0jPcHR9i pic.twitter.com/RHcuwQYuqA
— Apple Software Updates (@AppleSWUpdates) September 8, 2022
The same announcement saw Apple unveil the new Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra in addition to an all new AirPods Pro all of which are now available for pre-order. Deliveries are expected on September 23, although stocks are already beginning to run dry for launch day delivery.
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