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Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by AppleVis

Update: Apple has now withdrawn watchOS 5.1 after some users reported that their watches were rendered unusable by attempting to install the update.

Today has seen another round of software updates from Apple. In addition to…

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Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by mehgcap

Intro

Only a few weeks ago, Apple held a media event where it announced the latest iPhones and Apple Watches. Where, people wondered, were the iPad and Mac upgrades? The answer: right here.

At today's event, Apple introduced the latest iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini. Yes, the poor Mini was finally updated. The company also released…

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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 12.1 to the public, following its Brooklyn event that saw the launch of new iPad Pro models and refreshes to its range of Mac computers.

In addition to some new features and enhancements, iOS 12.1 also brings a few improvements for blind and low vision users.

Accessibility Improvements in iOS 12.1

In iOS 12.1, Apple has made continued progress towards addressing the accessibility bugs in…

Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2018 by PaulMartz

I bet my spouse is starting to wonder why I'm sending her so many text messages. I'm testing my new shortcut, of course. No, I didn't create a shortcut to annoy my spouse. She likes to track our spending, and my new shortcut tells her what I've been purchasing.

This blog gets you started with a drop-dead simple shortcut, and then describes the shortcuts I created to help track my spending. But first—

What is a Shortcut?

The…

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Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 by AppleVis

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Club AppleVis. Club AppleVis offers members and friends of our community a means of directly contributing towards the financial costs of operating AppleVis—thus ensuring that we can continue to deliver the information, help, and support that so many people have come to value and rely on over the past 8 years.

In part, the launch of Club AppleVis is a response to…

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Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

Traditionally, it's any new iPhones which are the highlight of Apple's fall product launches. However, for this year's “Gather Round” event, it was the Apple Watch Series 4 which was the star of the show for me. It was in my opinion the most ground-breaking in terms of product evolution; and, whereas I was somewhat underwhelmed by the three new iPhones, the Apple Watch had me impressed and…

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Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018 by AppleVis

As reported by Mac Rumors, Apple has today released iOS 12.0.1 to the public.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 12.0.1 contains the following fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable
  • Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz instead of…
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Posted on Monday, October 1, 2018 by AppleVis

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Amazeng (iOS, Free)…

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Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2018 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the nights have started to draw in and temperatures drop. This can mean only one thing - we're now in what is traditionally Apple's main season for new product launches.

Last week saw the releases of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4. The iPhone XR will begin shipping next month, and it's likely that at the very least there will also be an update to iPad Pro before the season ends. Beyond this, there might be new MacBooks;…

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Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PaulMartz

Apple brings augmented reality (AR) to your phone with Measure, the first native AR app in iOS 12.

Apple's Measure app is visually compelling for sighted users, but also reasonably accessible for blind users. This blog describes taking measurements as a blind or low vision user, and enumerates improvements for Apple's consideration to make the app easier to use.

Keep in mind the Measure app is not available on all iOS devices. According to…

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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 by mehgcap

Welcome to Mojave

Today, Apple released macOS 10.14, named Mojave. As always, this is a free upgrade for Macs that support it. The good news is that we haven't found any serious bugs in our testing, so if you're running High Sierra already, you can probably upgrade without worrying about running into problems with the new OS. The less-great news is that there are no accessibility updates for us to talk about in Mojave. Much like…

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Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 5, [saying that it will enable you to do “even more with your Apple Watch”:

Activity competitions with your friends. Brand-new workouts. Innovations to help you take your running further. And more intelligent, fun ways to keep you connected to the people and information you care about. With watchOS 5, you can do even more with your Apple Watch from your morning workout to lights out…

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Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018 by AppleVis

Apple has today released tvOS 12. In this post we highlight some of the new changes and features that this update will bring to the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV.

. It is perhaps unsurprising that the platform which received the least attention during Apple's WWDC keynote earlier this year, is also the one which sees the fewest new features and significant changes in the…

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Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 by AppleVis

iOS 12 is now available to the public; this post contains details of the accessibility bugs for blind and low vision users which we believe to have been introduced in iOS 12, as well as details of the bugs from earlier versions of iOS which have been resolved in this release.

As is now our routine practice, each new bug has been given a severity rating; these ratings are based upon what we believe to be the implications for accessing and using iOS features and functionality and the…

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Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOs 12, proudly claiming it will “make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive and more delightful.”

Below we offer an overview of some of the general changes and new features in iOS 12; along with details of some new accessibility features and changes that VoiceOver and braille users can expect.

The New Features That We Think You Will Like

Faster and More…

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 by mehgcap

Intro

It's time for our yearly dose of hardware upgrades from Apple. Today, the company held its traditional September press event, showing off the latest in iPhones, Apple Watches, and more. The event was titled "Gather Round". We're here, as usual, to tell you exactly what was announced.

For those of you in a hurry, here's the TL;DR.

  • The iPhone XS (5.8-inch screen) and XS Max (6.5-inch screen) are upgraded versions of the 2017 iPhone X. They have better…
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Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2018 by AppleVis

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Dusk (iOS, Free)

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Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PaulMartz

Q: Why is a laser beam like goldfish?
A: Because neither one can whistle.

That was a line from Mike, the joke-telling computer in Robert Heinlein's classic novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Reading this book made me curious about the current state-of-the-art for computer generated humor. And what, if any joke apps might be available for my iPhone.

Joke-telling computers are still an area of active research. What we'd really…

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Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by AppleVis

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Chirp for Twitter (watchOS…

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Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Dave82

Back in June of this year, ill-advised as it is, I was walking out of my apartment complex while typing a text message at the same time. Into and over a large flower pot I went, picking up a few cuts and bruises to my shins, but much worse than that, to my horror, realizing my iPhone X had gone flying through the air, lending heavily on the concrete ground. For a few moments, as the phone lay on the ground, I owned what a friend later dubbed “Schrödinger's iPhone”, it's fate as yet unknown.…

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