iOS & iPadOS Apps

Digitalis have just released two games that have been optimised to take advantage of the advanced accessibility features available on Apple's iDevices.

Your Toast is a card game suitable for all ages. You can compete against friends or on your own.

There's nothing more exciting than getting a major iOS release, and older posts on AppleVis can easily substantiate my claim. Just take a brief look at this 2016 and this 2015 post to see what I mean.

Update: all the promo codes offered in this post have now been claimed.

In what could soon be coming as the first of its kind, Humanware appears to be developing a new braille display and app for synchronizing notes with iDevices. In late April, an app hit the App Store called Brailliant Sync. According to the description by Harpo, the app is designed "for synchronizing notes between Gmail, IMAP and similar servers and Brailliant 14 Braille devices." This tells us 2 things.

As we're approaching Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which is to be held on June 10th, I thought I'd put together a list of the features I want to see included in iOS 7.

If you're into words, you're always on the lookout for the best and the most decent vocabulary titles, word games, puzzles, and, last but not least, dictionaries. And you might want to take your treasury of words with you -- regardless of the OS you use. A good dictionary is the bread and butter of every logophile and having access to what many scholars deem authoritative is of utmost importance.

My book collection takes up no space. With my phone in my pocket, and wearing my AfterShokz headset, I have hundreds of books to keep me occupied wherever I go. And when I buy new books, I don't need to worry about whether I have enough room for them on the shelves.

A quick word of caution about an app that's just been released called VisionAssist.

The app has been developed specifically for those with low-vision, and claims to offer the same functionality and  performance that you would expect from a handheld electronic magnifier, but with a few extra features and the advantages of being on your phone.

Update, 1/15/2016: I received the following response from Lifesum's Twitter account. Needless to say, this is a very encouraging development:

Dear Michael, our sincere apologize for this, we can assure you that our answer was never intended to go out as a standard response directing you to UserVoice. We are investigating our communication process to make sure this won’t happen again. Our developers are also reading your blog post to see what’s needed to be able to implement VoiceOver. Thank you for your input!

Just recieved this news straight from the Looktel PR department and they wanted me to pass this along to you all. We will have to wait a bit longer for the Looktel Breadcrumbs but there are great news about the updates on the MoneyReader and the Recognizer! Can't wait for those updates! So here is what the Looktel PR folks had to say: "Our legal team has advised us against releasing Breadcrumbs GPS until they have been able to fully vet and evaluate the application.

At the end of each month, we at 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.

AFB have just announced the forthcoming release of AccessNote, their note taking app for iOS.

With many of us already using mainstream apps that offer more functionality than appears to be present in the initial release of AccessNote, it will be interesting to see where it will fit in the iOS marketplace. At $30, some might anticipate that it will sit rather uncomfortably.

AI Squared announced on Thursday the release of ZoomContacts, an iPad app for the vision-impaired.

ZoomContacts is a “Large Print” contact application for iPad users who have difficulty seeing small text on the screen.  ZoomContacts uses Apple’s internal Contacts database to store and manage information, but offers multiple font size and color combination choices to make it easier on the eyes.

The much-anticipated ZoomReader app from Ai Squared is now available from the iTunes App Store.

Priced at $19.99, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converting the image into text using Optical Character Recognition technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you.

ZoomReader also offers a magnification tool with the ability to change background and text colors.

Remember my blog posts about the issues surrounding the accessibility of American Heritage English Dictionary? It all started almost four years ago when exciting efforts to make it accessible commenced. Then the efforts came to fruition and this worthwhile application

Over the past few weeks there has been much media speculation that Facebook will shortly be releasing a major update to its iOS app.

By all accounts, this will be a complete redesign, so it would seem timely to remind Facebook that it has a publicly stated commitment to providing a great experience for everyone, and that this is currently not the case for blind users of their iOS app.

It's that time again, when the AppleVis Editorial Team look back at all the apps that were submitted to the site during the last month and decide which of these should be our Editorial Pick.

Although September was an extremely busy month for AppleVis, few of the new apps struck us as particularly noteworthy.

Each month the AppleVis Editorial Team sit down at our virtual conference table and decide which of the apps submitted to the site during that month should be our monthly pick ... and boy, was it a tough decision this month!

Lots of great apps were featured on AppleVis in July, and a number of those stimulated a lot of discussion, some of which was quite heated.

ESPN is one of the leading sources for sports-related news, scores and statistics, with sports fans from around the world using the ESPN ScoreCenter app for iOS to keep up-to-date with news about their favorite sports and teams.

Unfortunately, the app currently contains a number of significant issues which make it mostly unusable with VoiceOver.

The most significant problem is that the live scores and results displayed in the app are completely inaccessible with VoiceOver.

Slacker Radio claims that its iOS app gives listeners "anytime, anywhere access to the world’s best music and entertainment". Unfortunately, this does not currently include blind and low vision users, who can only access a very small fraction of the available music stations, as these are presented in a way that makes them impossible to browse and select with VoiceOver.