iPad delivers a variety of innovative features that make it easier to use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
iPad 2 features FaceTime video calling via Wi-Fi. Thanks to its high-quality video and fast frame rate, FaceTime is ideal for those who communicate using sign language. You can clearly see both hand and finger gestures in detail, so you can communicate from afar with the same range of emotion as when you’re in the same room. You can use FaceTime to place and receive video relay and text relay calls using services like zVRS.com and HOVRS.com. Some of these services can also connect you to others using instant messaging or videophones. Learn more about FaceTime on iPad
iPad supports the playback of open captions, closed captions, and subtitling. Captions appear onscreen, just like the closed captions you see on TV. You can create your own videos with captions using a variety of tools and applications, including Compressor — one of the products in the Final Cut Studio production suite (sold separately).
In addition to speakers, iPad includes a standard 3.5-mm audio headphone jack. You can plug in earphones, earbuds, noise-canceling headphones, and amplified speaker systems.
iPad supports Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Extended Data Rate) technology and works with Bluetooth wireless headsets and other compatible audio devices.
iPad can route both right- and left-channel audio source material into both earbuds, enabling users with hearing loss in one ear to hear both channels in each ear.
Instant Messaging, Chat, and Social Networking
You can download apps from the App Store to communicate with all your contacts, using Internet-based messaging and communication services such as Facebook, Twitter, AOL, MobileMe, ICQ, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and MSN.
iPad can deliver visual alerts in addition to audio alerts. For example, you can enable visual alerts for calendar invitations as well as push notifications. Apps such as Mail and the App Store also display visual badges indicating the number of unread messages and updates available. And important status information such as network connectivity, time of day, and battery level are communicated visually on the screen at all times.