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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Description of App

Sep 28, 2020 Version 3.0
NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile 3.0 has been completely rewritten with a more streamlined approach to make it easier for subscribers to find their favorite content of interest. The app is now constructed with four pages: a highlights page where subscribers can customize the content of their choice, an information sources page listing a number of content categories, a page for KNFB Reader Basic where a picture of a printed document can be taken and then read aloud, and a page for settings to control the features of the app.

Other new features include:

-Increased sharing options for publications in the Breaking News category for Facebook and Twitter.

-A new view that will allow subscribers to quickly skim articles in order to select the ones of interest for reading.

-New personal queue where you can save an article, section, or whole publication on your device for later offline reading or for future reference.

-Support for saving content in cloud storage such as Dropbox or OneDrive, as well as options contained on the share sheet.

-Options to adjust the color theme throughout the app, including dark mode.



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Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

This app is 100% accessible with both VoiceOver and braille.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

As an avid user of news apps, I have found this may be one that replaces them all. The content is packaged together in an easy to use format and in an environment that is user friendly for both users of speech and braille. All of the content that you would find on the web site, that would be loaded on to your digital talking book player, or that you would access through the phone is now available on your iDevice. Why I say that this app may replace all of the others I have is simply because all of these media outlets are available through NFB-Newsline. As this app was designed with VoiceOver users in mind, it naturally works nearly flawlessly with it. With the release of version 2.0, it seems like the iOS 6 bugs that were present such as the app crashing when a user loads their subscriptions has been fixed.


16 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Michael Hansen 1 year 10 months ago



Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, June 3, 2012

I can now officially delete the tv guide app I have, because this one has all the tv listings I wanted! The design is a bit clumsy, but I think they did that to preserve the web version of NFB Newsline, and that makes total sense. What would really be cool is if there was a listbox of all of the available channels, and you could then just arrow down to the one you want and then double tap the jump button and it'd show you the listings for that channel. i get so many on my tv that I can't always remember what the channel numbers are. I took a look at the publications too, and there's a lot here. The initial review is right, this is 100% usable with VoiceOver. If you've been looking for an app to read publications like magazines or newspapers, or if you want a really cool way to read tv listings, this app is for you! Plus the price is right, it's free. You can't go wrong there!

Submitted by John W. hess on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

They also have great tech support. i e-mailed a question from my iPhone and received a prompt concise answer the next morning. Great stuff!

Submitted by patrick kelly on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What do you mean exactly? It's dependent upon state newspapers and those statates provide the funding for the content.

Submitted by blindgator on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In reply to by John W. hess

I was excited to hear about this app, and went to the NFB's website to apply for a newline membership. I understand the need to check and make sure that the people applying are blind, but are you kidding me, when finished applying the site told me I would be notified by mail about my membership. Doesn't this defeat the entire purpose of NFB Newsline? If I can't read a newspaper how am I going to read a letter in the mail? Get with the times NFB and email a reply. Very disappointed with the NFB, if they can't make the effort to change how should we expect other government organizations and private corporations to accommodate the blind

Someone mentioned that they want more content for the app, but I think the content the app gives us is what's already on Newsline.

Submitted by Walei on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I don't think you read their response closely. I just applied and here's the response I got... "If you qualify for NFB NEWSLINE you will be contacted by e-mail (if you provided a valid e-mail address) and regular mail with your Identification Number and Security Code." I'm guessing that if you're posting on apple vis you can read emails right?

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

I too noticed the refference to the access information being sent by mail ("a letter" was how it was worded) on NFB Newsline's "How to Sign Up" page. Nothing was said about e-mail, although I assume that is what they meant. If materials are actually mailed, it would make sense that they would be provided in both Braille and large print.

Never saw the comments until now. I never received anything by email it was all snail mail, so maybe they changed their policy after I pointed out the obvious problem of sending things by mail. Is anyone else having a problem with this app constantly crashing anytime they go to update their subscriptions? When this app works it is fantastic, but I seem to have a problem getting the most recent content. I have deleted the app and reinstalled it, and am still having the same problems. Would love to hear if others are also having issues.

Submitted by Andrew on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

In reply to by blindgator

I was very excited for this app when it was announced, I applied and was approved. I recieved my code and downloaded the app; however, I was not able to get everything they stated I would from the app. I contacted them via phone and because my state, North Dakota, has not pledged enough money or donated enough money, I don't get full access to the app and all the content. This is a total crock!! It doesn't say this ANYWHERE with respect to the service or the app. Very disappointing and misleading. Very disappointed! guess they don't want to provide everything to anyone who is blind, only to the ones who give them enough money.

Submitted by KLove on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I love this app. The only issue I have is it seems to be not friendly with iOS 6. When I go to down load my subscriptions it kicks me out of the app. I have to go back in and try to download them multiple times before it works. Overall though I'm satisfied with it.

Submitted by blindgator on Thursday, December 27, 2012

In reply to by Toonhead

When I said crashing I meant the app kicks me out every time I update subscriptions. Having to click update subscriptions and constantly having the app close on me, gets quite frustrating. Either you are going to make an app that works, or don't bother. Considering how litigious the NFB is, you might think they might want to make sure their own products work for the blind considering they seem to sue every company with accessibility issues.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Be sure to not miss out on this new release of the NFB Newsline! New features and has fixed a number of bugs!

Interesting update to now include the AccuWeather Alerts.

What's New in Version 2.0

1. Adds AccuWeather® weather alerts to the home screen of the app, based on a subscriber's registered zip code.
2. Includes a messaging function on the home screen of the app to alert subscribers of NFB-NEWSLINE to new publications and features.
3. Changes the keyboard used in TV Listings from alphanumeric to numeric only.
4. Fixed system bugs and improved IOS 6 compatibility.

Submitted by Toonhead on Thursday, December 27, 2012

In reply to by blindgator

Looks like version 2.0 of the NFB newsline mobile app is out today. It fixes some crashing issues, adds some new features like weather reports on the home screen, and adds iOS 6 compadibility. Hopefullly that'll fix some issues folks are having with it.

Submitted by blindgator on Friday, December 28, 2012

In reply to by AnonyMouse

Since I was commenting about all the issues I was having with the app, I thought it only appropriate to mention that the app seems to be working fine since the latest 2.0 update. Hopefully the issue over the last few weeks was due to the update. I have not updated my subscriptions yet as everything was up to date with the app update, but yesterday, the app was crashing as soon as you clicked on subscriptions and today since I updated the app everything is working fine. Looks like a nice update, and a hope that the app will be making some further improvements in the future. Nice job with the update NFB.

Ok after using 2.0 for the past day, here are a few comments. Got my first weather alert today. I think someone commented that you now get weather in the app. You actually only get severe weather alerts for your area, which is fine. How many weather apps do we really need? I do like getting the severe weather alert notice, and as soon as weather radio alerted me to a severe weather alert, I went into NFB Newsline, and sure enough, there was the alert, so the timing seems pretty accurate. I also was able to refresh my subscription list without the app crashing, which was the problem I had been having the past few months in version 1.0. Two minor issues, and one might not be NFB. All of my subscriptions have not updated. I subscribed to CNN and The Huffington Post two of the new subscriptions offered, and have yet to receive any content from either source. This might not be an app issue, as there may not be any content provided yet. The only other issue I have noticed is that the table index on the subscriptions page does not work to jump you to different letters. Again, this is not major as you can scorll through your subscriptions with the three finger swipe.

Not having the letter jump thing as of yet. I t worked fine for me a few minutes ago. Does anyone have the call in number so I can set up my tv listings when I do get a tv again? Just planning for the future. If you don't feel comfortable giving it out what is the website or place I can get it from so I can take care of it in the future? Thanks all and loving the app.

I just got an email back from NFB, and I'm elegable and all. That's great. I downloaded the app, and entered in my credentials, and the process went fine. The thing that's confusing me is the difference between subscriptions and favorites. I read the help documentation included in the app, and I'm still confused. Could someone please explain this? Thanks, Shersey

Submitted by KLove on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I've updated my address with news line as well as changed my zip code by calling the news line number for my area. I know news line is supported in Chicago but I can't seem to get the app to update my tv listings from my previous state to my current one. Can someone please tell me how to fix this? I'd greatly appreciate it.

Submitted by Scott Davert on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

The difference between your favorites and subscriptions is that your favorites are loaded as you go. meaning, you need to keep a data connection to your iDevice to continue browsing new content. With subscriptions, the content is downloaded to your device and you are then able to read it with or without a data connection. You'll need data available to refresh your subscriptions of course, but not otherwise. Subscriptions are great for if you're in an area with no cell service or wifi, or if you're on an airplane and don't wish to pay for wifi access.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 2.1

1. Global search function added, allowing users to search all available publications.
2. Weather alerts are now linked to your device’s GPS.
3. TV Listings streamlined.
4. Favorites streamlined and ADD/DELETE buttons now found on the list of publications.
5. Retail ads now available.
6. Fixed system bugs and improved iOS 9 compatibility.

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Just got this app installed on my iPhone. I haven't done much with it yet only due to time constraints, but it seems to be very accessible with VO. I suppose this should come as no surprise. I added 2 publications to my Favorites thus far, and the process was very straightforward. Thank you NFB for this great app! Now I can *really* become a news junky like my neighbor across the hall! Update: It appears the email address mentioned in the app for sending feedback and questions is wrong. I know this because I just tried sending them feedback, but my message bounced back.

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hi all. Just wanted to pop in again and let everyone know--in case you didn't--that version 3.0 of this app has been released. I updated earlier this evening and it looks good. I briefly checked out the free version of KNFB Reader that is included now, and I got it to sort of read a piece of mail. I wonder if this app will rival others like it. The vibrotactile feeling I got when scanning the piece of mail was pretty cool and confusing at the same time. I'll definitely play around more with it though.