[CLOSED] Vote Now for the 2017 Inductees into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame

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We are pleased to announce that voting for the 2017 inductees into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame is now open.

Now in its sixth year, the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame is one of the ways in which the AppleVis community seeks to recognize developers of accessible iOS applications. Apps in the Hall of Fame can be liberating; empowering; life-changing; provide access to information that sighted users take for granted; or, in some cases, they can just be good fun!

In short, the iOS App Hall of Fame represents the best of the best in accessible iOS applications, as decided by the AppleVis community.

To be eligible for induction into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame, an app must:

  • Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users;
  • Be from a developer with a demonstrated and long-term commitment to full accessibility of their app(s);
  • Have been available in the App Store for a significant period of time; and
  • Demonstrate excellence in design, functionality and operation.


Below are the nominees for the 2017 induction into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. The two nominees with the most votes will be inducted.

Audio Game Hub

Audio Game Hub is a set of eight experimental arcade-style games that use audio as their primary interface – making them accessible for both sighted and non-sighted users. Game genres featured in the app include casino& arcade, fighting, problem-solving, and memory.

Read more about Audio Game Hub

BeSpecular - Help The Blind

The BeSpecular app enables the blind and vision-impaired to use the camera on their iOS device to seek assistance from BeSpecular’s community of sighted volunteers. Using the app, you take one or more photos of what you need help with and attach a voice or text message detailing exactly what you would like to know. The photos and question are sent to BeSpecular’s community of “sightlings”. Those sightlings who are available can reply via the BeSpecular app with a voice or text message. . You’ll receive as many replies as you need.

Read more about BeSpecular

Blindfold RS Games

With this app, Blindfold Games teamed up with RS Games to bring a number of the latter's extremely popular and accessible games to the iOS platform. Nineteen multiplayer games are currently available through Blindfold RS Games; and you can choose to play against other users, bots or a combination of both.

Read more about Blindfold RS Games

Drafts - Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere!

Drafts is a quick and easy way to capture text; and then use that text in many and powerful ways. These include: send text to Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Message, a Calendar event, quickly save (or prepend/append) to Dropbox, Google Drive or Evernote and much more. Advanced multi-step actions and Javascript integration can combine all of these options in a single tap.

Read more about Drafts

Examine Clothes Color

Examine Clothes Color assists the vision-impaired in living independently and confidently by offering a means of identifying the color and pattern of clothing. The app will recognize up to four different colours in a single garment; and patterns such as vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, checker and plain.

Read more about Examine Clothes Color

lire (Full-text RSS)

lire is an RSS feed reader that offers full-text retrieval of articles; and presents these in a clean and easy to read form free of much of the 'clutter' that would be present if viewing them directly on the web. The app makes excellent use of the iOS accessibility features and offers a large number of options which can specifically enhance the user experience for VoiceOver users.

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Nearby Explorer

Nearby Explorer is a full-featured GPS app designed specifically for the vision impaired. You can select what location-related information is announced as you move. Options include both typical items like street name and address, and specialized announcements like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. Nearby Explorer can be used to provide turn-by-turn directions or to keep you aware of what's around you.

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Timecrest: The Door

Timecrest is an immersive 225,000-word blend of epic fantasy and interactive fiction, where every decision matters and leads to one of multiple endings. The story progresses in real-time; and you can build a team and Unlock secret storylines by building your relationship with other characters. The Timecrest developers have proactively engaged with blind gamers to ensure that this app delivers the optimum experience for VoiceOver users.

Read more about Timecrest

Weather Gods

The Weather Gods app pulls a wealth of weather data from a number of sources and presents it in its own unique style. With 24-hour charts, observed weather, built in moon phase, widget, customisable push notifications, world clock and more, this app should satisfy most needs of casual users and weather enthusiasts alike.

Read more about Weather Gods


Simply use the form below to cast your vote now.

Please note that you need to be registered and logged in to vote. So, if you don't see the voting form, please login and return to this page.

Voting closes at 23:59 PST on Friday, May 19, 2017.

If there is a particular iOS app that you would like to see considered for the next round of inductions, please take a moment to nominate it here.