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Posted on Friday 29 August 2014 by Michael Hansen

K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. has today announced that the KNFBReader iPhone app will be launched concurrently with Apple’s iOS 8 in September.

The app, which will allow blind or print-disabled users to quickly and independently scan and read a variety of documents on their iPhone 5 or later, was originally expected to be released by the end of August 2014. According to a media release distributed to AppleVis, the plan to coordinate release of the KNFBReader iPhone app with Apple’s...

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Posted on Sunday 6 July 2014 by Michael Hansen

Update, 7/15/2014, 12:22 PM CDT: Added a link to the official unveiling and demonstration of the KNFBReader app.

K-NFB Reading Technology has today announced a wealth of information about the upcoming KNFBReader iOS app.

The KNFBReader iPhone app, which is expected to be available to the public in late August for $99, was demonstrated at the 74th annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), a membership organization of blind people in the United States....

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Posted on Friday 4 July 2014 by AppleVis

Update, 7/5/2014, 4:02 PM CDT: Members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have just passed Resolution 2014-12 at their annual national convention. The resolution calls upon Apple to work with the NFB to develop standards and policies to ensure the accessibility of all iOS apps. The full text of the resolution, as well as our original blog post, is below.

Earlier this week, a resolution was proposed at the National Federation of the Blind...

113 Comments : Last update or comment 4 months 2 weeks ago.
Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014 by Michael Hansen

In June 2009, Apple changed the accessible smartphone market forever with the announcement of the VoiceOver screen reader on the iPhone 3GS. The device was officially released to the public on Friday, June 19, 2009; five years later, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my own early experiences with the iPhone, reflect on how much VoiceOver has changed (hint: more than I realized), and offer some thoughts on—and hopes for—the future.

For those new to how VoiceOver works,...

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Posted on Monday 2 June 2014 by mehgcap


This blog will cover all the cool new stuff Apple just announced during the Keynote presentation of the 2014 WWDC. I will avoid statistics and other "filler" information, and stick only to the things that, I feel, will be of interest and/or benefit to the AppleVis community of iOS and OS X users. If you missed the action and want to see things as they came in, check out our...

13 Comments : Last update or comment 6 years 1 week ago.
Posted on Friday 23 May 2014 by mehgcap

My Top Ten Accessibility Wishes for OSX 10.10

With WWDC coming up on June 2, we are very probably about to find out what iOS8 and OS X 10.10 will contain. AppleVis already has an article about our hopes for iOS 8 and Jonathan Mosen wrote up an iOS8 wish list of his own that is...

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Posted on Thursday 15 May 2014 by Michael Hansen

Apple has just released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, the third update to the OSX 10.9 Mavericks operating system.

According to the release notes, quoted on Mac Rumors, OS X 10.9.3 contains the following updates:

  • Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS...
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Posted on Monday 10 March 2014 by AppleVis
iOS 7.1 is now available for download via Over-the-Air Update and iTunes.
Since November of last year, members of the AppleVis Editorial Team have been busy testing iOS 7.1 in all stages of the beta process. Beginning with Beta 3, two of our team ran the betas on their primary devices and found it to be a very enjoyable experience that only got better as the beta cycle continued
While no...
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Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2014 by Michael Hansen

Apple today released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with a variety of enhancements, including VoiceOver improvements and a fix for the SSL security vulnerability that was discovered last week.

According to 9 to 5 Mac, the improvements in OS X 10.9.2 include FaceTime Audio in the FaceTime and Messages apps; contact blocking for FaceTime and iMessage; Mail app...

25 Comments : Last update or comment 6 years 4 months ago.
Posted on Thursday 14 November 2013 by blindgator
To Mac or Not To Mac? That is the question for many of us visually impaired computer users.
Having been a long time member of the AppleVis community and a long time commentor, I was very excited when the AppleVis Editorial Team was looking to bring on some new members. Being someone who lost his last remaining vision in 2009, and never having used a screen reader, but in desperate need of one, I was at a cross road....
17 Comments : Last update or comment 7 months 3 weeks ago.