Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works wherever you are in iOS, from Mail and Safari to the Home and Lock screens. And it works with all apps from the App Store. Turn Zoom on for full screen or picture in picture mode, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its native size. You can adjust the magnification between 100 and 1,500 percent and access.

Prior to iOS 8, Zoom simply magnified the entire screen. However, the new Zoom lives much more up to its name. When a user first enters "Zoom" in the "Accessibility" menu, they will find that they can toggle Zoom on and off, and that the instructions and method for using it are unchanged. However, there are a number of new feature toggles underneath the Zoom instructions -each of which will be discussed in turn:

  • Follow Focus: This setting determines whether or not the Zoom lens will follow the text cursor.
  • Show Controller: This toggle places a joystick on screen which can be used to move Zoom focus around, to bring up the new Zoom control panel, and to quickly zoom in and out of an area (I found it easier to use than dragging three fingers to move my focus all over).
  • Zoom Region: This feature allows a user to use Window Zoom (a smaller than full-screen lens) or Fullscreen (as in previous versions of iOS).
  • Maximum Zoom Level: This slider allows users to limit how much magnification Zoom will offer, which is helpful on iPod and iPhone due to screen size limitations.

Preview the video demonstration below on how to setup and use Zoom on an IPad.

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