Earlier this week, ElderGadget reported on a rumor that the new iPhone 5 may come with hearing aid compatibility. Not only will the new phone be compatible, but the iOS 5 update will purportedly extend hearing aid compatibility to all iPhone generations. The iPhone 5 and iOS 5 are due for release this fall.
This is fantastic news. Right?
Well, of course it’s fantastic… It’s great that people who suffer from hearing loss will soon have more options when it comes to choosing a mobile device. And it’s wonderful that the iOS 5 update will (or is supposed to) bring all iPhone generations into the hearing aid compatibility mix.
But here’s where the news ceases to be fantastic. Apple is NOT doing anything revolutionary by integrating hearing aid compatibility into their phones. In fact, they’re disappointingly behind the curve on this one. CNET Reviews has an entire section on hearing aid compatible phones. As of this post, the review lists 354 phones! And you can bet your bottom dollar, Android is all over that list.