iPhone for the Deaf

deafmac.org on the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs yesterday:

The “one more thing” from Steve Jobs was something we all expected – video calling on the iPhone 4. What was not expected was how it put American Sign Language users in the spotlight, at the very end of the FaceTime video.

Of everything in the (nearly two hour) presentation, this caught my attention the most. Most of the examples of how Apple thinks iPhone 4 owners will use FaceTime were everything you’d expect (except for that; you do that that on your own time). However, showing a conversation taking place over the phone in ASL was a moving way to showcase how this phone can really do something no other can.

Will the iPhone 4 be the first cell phone that supports communication for the hearing impaired with no configuration or third-party applications?

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