KNFB Reader App For IPAD Air 2 - Your Views Please

iOS and iPadOS

My son whos nearly 14 will be having an IPAD Air 2 for Christmas. We are thinking of getting him the KNFB Reader App. We are located in the UK.

I'd like to hear from yourselves with your views on this App, if you already have it & use it, any tips, is it worth the money etc etc.

Thank You



Submitted by John Farina on Monday, September 26, 2016

The knfb reader is optomized to work best on a iPhone or iPod. that means that your son will not see anything scanned in a full screen view on the iPad. Also, it is idifficult enough to have a stable environment to scan printed material in when using a phone, this will be even more difficult using the larger device. Any scanning for almost any material is best done using some kind of scan stand and as far as I am aware, these are generally more used with an iPhone.
If you son has little to no vision he uses, then the better option might be an iPod with this app and some kind of stand either purchased or built.
the app is fine for scanning and reading it is just that is was built for the smaller devices.
Hope this helps.

Submitted by alex wallis on Monday, September 26, 2016

its definitely worth it, I use it most days to sort the post and read cooking instructions. Have a look at its app directory entry. I haven't used it on an iPad, but it works great on an iPhone. Its worth every penny I paid for it. there are very few negative comments about it in my opinion there are no other mobile OCR apps that compare to it.

Submitted by david s on Monday, September 26, 2016


KNFB reader is great. Personally, I paid full price for the app and at that price, it’s still a great value for what it does. It’s not too difficult to learn and once you get used to it, you’ll wonder how you got along without it.

Hardware. The app will require you to move your device up, down or tilt it sideways. An iPad will work but because of it’s size, it will require a little more effort than on an iPhone or iPod. Another thing to consider is whether the device you plan to use has a flash. A blind person can’t tell if there is light or sufficient light on a document. IF a picture of the document is taken and there is not enough light, the reader may produce poor or no result.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Jesse Anderson on Monday, September 26, 2016

KNFB Reader is definitely worth the asking price, and it works well on an iPad. I've used it on an iPad Air, Air 2, Pro 12.9 inch, and even a Mini. I got good results with all devices, and was actually surprised at how well it worked on the tablets.

One thing to consider, if you are looking at the Air 2, I'd maybe consider the iPad Pro 9.7 inch model, which is the same size. The nice thing about this iPad is that it does have a camera flash, where none of the previous models include this.

Is he low vision or totally blind? If low vision, the tablet can make a nice magnifier in addition to having things read aloud. If he is totally blind, you may want to consider a smaller device like an iPhone or iPod. Some totally blind users find the larger screen of a tablet harder to navigate because there's so much extra space.