Submitted by David Goodwin on 18 September, 2013 - 13:01
IMPORTANT: we need to stress that as recently as this morning, the Apple Accessibility Team was unable to replicate most of the problems listed below. This could be because there have been changes made to iOS since the Gold Master version which was used by us when testing for problems. It could also simply be operator error on our part, or local and specific problems caused by external factors not related to iOS. This means that it is possible that you will not encounter all of the problems mentioned in this post if you update to iOS 7.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 2 July, 2013 - 05:53
At the end of each month the AppleVis Editorial Team take a look at all of the apps which have been posted to the site during that month - either for the first time or where there has been a significant update - and decide which of these we think is the most noteworthy.
As is always the case, we found ourselves with a diverse and varied shortlist of apps this month, and the 3 that came out as our top choices perfectly illustrate how the App Store can meet just about every need and taste - be it apps specifically for the vision-impaired, tools to help you in your daily life or games to keep you entertained.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 2 July, 2013 - 03:46
Sendero's long-anticipated turn-by-turn GPS iOS app made a brief appearance in the iTunes App Store overnight.
Unfortunately, by the time that this news started to spread around the Internet, the Seeing Eye GPS App had already disappeared once more.
Although it's still unclear why the app was removed so quickly, a number of people who were able to download it have reported that they were unable to process the in-app purchase. So, it's possible that this is one occasion where Apple's approval system worked faster than the developer expects, and Sendero simply weren't yet ready to process the in-app purchases.
However, we now at least know that the app is finally ready for release.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 1 March, 2013 - 11:15
The number of iOS games which are playable by VoiceOver users seems to grow daily, with developers either releasing new titles that are accessible out of the box (such as The Inquisitor Audiogame Adventure and Clever Clues) or joining the VoiceOver party by making existing games accessible.
No matter what your gaming preferences are, there should be something to suit your tastes - whether you simply want to roll a dice, play card or word games against sighted friends, care for virtual pets, immerse yourself in roleplay, or go on a zombie killing rampage.
These were suspended for the past two months so that we could focus on the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards. Now that those have all been handed out, it's time once again to find another app worthy of a place in our Hall of Fame.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 7 January, 2013 - 12:52
At the end of each month the AppleVis Editorial Team take a look at all the apps that have been posted to the site during that month - either for the first time or where there has been a significant update - and decide which of these we think is the most noteworthy.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 28 September, 2012 - 03:18
Apple have just rolled out further accessibility improvements to the App Store in iOS 6.
Firstly, the rating of an app is now read by VoiceOver.
Secondly, the app screenshots now have a clear label for VoiceOver users.
Lastly, and this is a real nice one, when on the Search or Genius tabs you will now find a picker control that allows you to move quickly through the listed apps. As I said, this is really nice, and makes browsing search results quicker than it was in iOS 5.
It's great to see that Apple are still actively working on accessibility improvements to the App Store and are rolling out fixes in double-quick time.
Be sure to let us know if you spot any additional improvements.
Submitted by David Goodwin on 18 September, 2012 - 02:20
I am pleased to say that the major problems we reported with the App Store in the Gold Master release of iOS 6 have now been fixed by Apple.
This is great news, and our thanks go to everybody at Apple who has been busy working on these last minute fixes.
Those who said that this would happen have been proved correct, and I have no problem in saying that I am very pleased that they were!
When alerted to these problems, we had 2 choices - say nothing and hope that they were fixed before the public release, or give people a warning that there were potentially major problems that they should consider before updating.