We are pleased to announce the result of the public vote to decide which apps should be the next inductees into our iOS App Hall of Fame.
Inductions are staged twice each year and are our community's opportunity to acknowledge and reward the passion and hard work that developers put into creating great apps which are both fully accessible to blind and low vision users and which place powerful tools into the palms of our hands. These apps can be empowering; liberating; life-changing; provide access to information, resources or services that sighted users take for granted; or, in some cases, they can simply just be good fun!
In short, these are the apps that demonstrate why iOS devices are so popular amongst blind and low vision users, and our iOS App Hall of Fame is a showcase and celebration of those which the AppleVis community believes to be the best of the best.
The 2 apps chosen for induction in the latest vote could not be more different.
The first is BARD Mobile, a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The app provides access for US users to Braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), which contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and Braille formats. With BARD Mobile, you can play the audio materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If your device is connected to a refreshable Braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the Braille materials available on BARD.
The second app chosen for induction is Dice World - Farkle, Yatzy, Balut, Pig - With Friends and Family. Due to the hard work and dedication of its developer to make this game fully accessible with VoiceOver, this collection of dice games has become one of the most popular choices for blind gamers.
Our congratulations and thanks go to the developers who have been responsible for creating these great and accessible apps.
Our next Hall of Fame induction will be held in August 2014. This gives us time to compile another shortlist of great apps to compete for your votes. So, do please continue to submit your nominations for any apps that you believe are worthy of a place on that shortlist.