El Capitan and tvOS Criticized by Vestibular Disorder Sufferer
The Reduce Motion option in iOS (Settings > General > Accessibility) helped many users for whom iOS’s animations and parallax effects cause motion sickness and nausea due to vestibular disorders. Writer Craig Grannell charges that Apple has not followed suit with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and tvOS, both of which sport the kind of eye candy that makes him ill. In OS X, the only app that attempts to help is Photos, which has a Reduce Motion option in its preferences, but Grannell claims that both it and tvOS’s Reduce Motion settings are almost entirely ineffective. Although it’s impossible to know what percent of the population suffers from vestibular disorders, estimates range from 5 to 35 percent, meaning that there could be many millions of people out there who endure some level of discomfort due to unnecessary animations and effects. We’d like to see Apple extend its accessibility work in iOS to its other operating systems (including watchOS, which Grannell doesn’t discuss).
I don't buy it. I have a pretty severe vestibular disorder, in fact, I have the vestibular nerve in one ear surgically severed so I only have mono instead of stereo, so to speak. I am very sensitive to vestibular disorders in movies, TV etc. But nothing on the iPhone or MacOS platforms have ever bothered me
One of the things that's been clear is that these experiences are highly individual. I certainly can't tell someone that they're not experiencing nausea because of animations or the like.
It depends on the condition. People with endolymphatic hydrops and/or otic migraine can be really affected with motion like this. That is millions of people and me.
But for me, it is the lack of a precise brightness control in OS X and inconsistency from app to app. Mail is all white and way too bright, yet decades ago, Eudora let users choose gray for all of it. Other apps like Capture One are too black with small white type. I use HazeOver and Brightness Control to deal with all of this but, really, Apple needs to give more UI control back to the users!
When my otic migrane is bothering me, I can't use the iMac at all. Before I was diagnosed and prescribed treatment, I did not use it for a year!
I have Amblyopia and have been in treatment at an very young age. I too have systems similar or undiagnosed Vestibular disorder. From Wikipedia 'People who have severe amblyopia, however, may experience related visual disorders, most notably poor depth perception. Those with amblyopia may suffer from poor visual acuity, poor spatial acuity, and low sensitivity to contrast and motion. Amblyopia is characterized by several functional abnormalities in spatial vision, including reductions in visual acuity (VA), contrast sensitivity function (CSF), and vernier acuity as well as spatial distortion, abnormal spatial interactions, and impaired contour detection. In addition, individuals with amblyopia suffer from binocular abnormalities such as impaired stereoacuity (stereoscopic acuity) and abnormal binocular summation.'
I get very frustrated when I get kicked off Apple' help pages and have had my text deleted in the middle of a paragraph when complaining to Apple about Icon depth Look and Feel of the latest UI of OSX 10.10.x and 10.11.X, as well as iOS 7,8 and 9. I would love to join your cause and our group of suffers to the Vestibular disorder. Where do I sign up!?
Have you made your complaints via www.apple.com/feedback? If you used discussions.apple.com nobody relevant at Apple is likely to see it and it might well be removed