The AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame provides our community with a means to showcase and acknowledge the passion and hard work that app developers put into creating great iOS apps that are fully accessible to VoiceOver users. These apps place powerful tools into the palms of our hands, and give access to services, information, media or entertainment that the sighted world typically takes for granted.
Each year we stage a public vote to select the apps which the community believes are worthy of induction into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. To be eligible for induction an app must:
- Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users;
- Be from a developer with a demonstrated and long-term commitment to full accessibility of their app(s);
- Demonstrate excellence in design, functionality and operation;
- Have been available in the App Store for a significant period of time; and
- Be under active development.
In short, our Hall of Fame represents the best of the best in accessible iOS applications, as decided by the AppleVis community.
The following apps have been inducted into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame:
Cash Reader: Bill Identifier
Cash Reader allows blind and low vision users to simply point their device’s camera at a banknote to hear, see, or feel its value.
The bank note denomination is read aloud via the device’s speaker and is also shown as large contrasting characters on the screen. When your device has silent mode enabled, denomination will be transformed into vibrations. This helps to quickly count bills in noisy environments or to give privacy when needed.
The app currently recognises 100 currencies and supports 35 languages. Cash Reader is also capable of identifying different currencies at the same time, making it a great choice when travelling.
Overcast is a fully featured audio podcast app with a clean and intuitive interface and a range of useful and powerful features.
Overcast has frequently been the first to introduce features which improve podcast discovery and management and enhance the listening experience, with many of these features subsequently adopted by other podcast apps. Its developer has also been an occasional contributor to discussions on AppleVis, which - along with the excellent VoiceOver support of his app - demonstrates his commitment to accessibility. It is no surprise, therefore, that Overcast is a popular choice for those in our community seeking something more feature-rich than Apple's Podcasts app.
Aira is a free service that connects you to real people instantly to simplify daily life.
When you need to do something where some extra information can help you save time and be more efficient, just open the app and give us a call. You'll connect with real, highly-trained people who can see your surroundings through your phone's camera.
See what you can't with Envision, the fastest and most reliable app that describes the visual world around you with the help of artificial intelligence and OCR. Envision is carefully designed with the help of the visually impaired community, to bring the best assistive app to the blind and low vision. Read text in over 60 languages, use the magnifier, scan barcodes or your environment and so much more.
Voice Dream Scanner
Using artificial intelligence to analyze the live feed from the camera for text, angle, rotation, and document edges, Voice Dream Scanner delivers fast and accurate text recognition. Captured text can be saved and read in Voice Dream Reader, or exported to other apps or storage locations.
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings. As you walk, key points of interest and your own saved locations are called out automatically as you pass them. Additionally, Microsoft Soundscape can tell you about your current location, direction, and what's ahead of you.
Beginning life as a research project to explore ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to enhance the lives of the vision impaired, Seeing AI harnesses the power of AI to describe text, objects and people. Since its launch in July 2017, the tools offered by Seeing AI have evolved and expanded, enabling many blind and low vision users to replace a number of standalone apps with this single app capable of performing multiple tasks.
This feature-rich weather app for iOS takes a unique approach to presenting weather information that caters for both casual users and weather enthusiasts alike, and VoiceOver support is a major consideration of the app's design with its developer engaging proactively with blind users to seek feedback and suggestions on how to enhance the user experience..
Timecrest: The Door
Timecrest is an immersive 225,000-word blend of epic fantasy and interactive fiction, where every decision matters and leads to one of multiple endings. The story progresses in real-time; and you can build a team and Unlock secret storylines by building your relationship with other characters. The Timecrest developers have proactively engaged with blind gamers to ensure that this app delivers the optimum experience for VoiceOver users.
A Blind Legend
A Blind Legend is described by its developers as “… the first-ever mobile action-adventure game without video – where ears replace eyes”. It was little surprise, therefore, that this app was of immediate interest to blind gamers as soon as it hit the App Store in September 2015. You need only look at the comments posted to the game’s App Directory entry here on AppleVis to see how that initial interest has turned into a large and passionate fanbase.
Twitterrific: Tweet Your Way
Twitterrific has enjoyed great popularity amongst blind Twitter users because of the developer's commitment to full accessibility. The Iconfactory (the developers behind Twitterrific) has demonstrated a firm commitment to ensuring continued accessibility of the app, with VoiceOver tweaks and enhancements regularly featuring prominently in app updates. While some developers rarely mention accessibility improvements or fixes in app release notes,
Be My Eyes - Helping Blind See
Be My Eyes connects blind users with sighted volunteers over live video chat. Using the camera on the iOS device, the blind person can then ask questions about an object or situation that they need help identifying.
OneStep Reader (formerly KNFBReader)
OneStep Reader is a feature-rich text recognition app for iOS devices. With OneStep Reader, users can convert nearly any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos and many other documents, into high quality speech.
MBraille is a feature-rich Braille typing app for iOS devices. With MBraille, users can type text messages, Facebook updates, tweets, e-mails, and much more - all using a standard six-dot Braille keyboard.
A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the US. BARD Mobile provides access to Braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), which contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and Braille formats.
Dice World: Fun with Friends
The hard work and dedication of the developer to make this collection of dice games fully accessible with VoiceOver has made this an extremely popular choice with blind gamers.
Developed to help the blind in their daily lives, BlindSquare uses GPS and the compass to locate you. It then gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare. BlindSquare has some unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks it to you with high quality speech synthesis.
Enables you to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on your iOS device.
Designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything and hear the app speak the identification back to you.
Voice Dream Reader
Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech. Built-in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg makes it easy to import and read material.
NFB-NEWSLINE® is an information source designed to keep persons who are unable to read conventional newsprint informed about current events locally, nationally, and around the world.
Audible audiobooks & originals
Immerse yourself in a great story anytime, anywhere, by downloading from a breathtaking range of 100,000+ titles to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad—from best sellers to classics, and everything in-between.
Zello Walkie Talkie
Chat one-to-one with other users or create and join channels to enjoy open group chats. You can use Zello one-on-one with a friend or for a live group chat with your family; friends; or people with a shared interest.
Light Detector uses the camera on an iOS Device to transform any natural or artificial light source that it encounters into sound. You will hear a higher or lower sound depending upon the intensity of the light.
Quick and easy access to extended information on more than 25 million products, with thousands more added to the database each day. Users can also create and print their own personalized barcode labels.
ooTunes Radio: Record & Alarm
Easy and feature-rich access to Music, Talk, Sports, and Entertainment Radio from 32,000 Internet audio streams and more than 150 genres.
A simple but elegant solution for sharing and synchronizing files across multiple devices and platforms. Made even more useful by the many apps that utilize its functionality.
A voice messaging application that has gained a strong following among VoiceOver users because of its ease of use and accessibility.
A powerful and feature-rich way to manage your podcast subscriptions, all wrapped up in a fully accessible interface that provides a very satisfying user experience.
King of Dragon Pass
This game blends interactive stories and resource management into an epic saga of conflict, mythology, and community. The developer's commitment to accessibility ensures it has a strong following among VoiceOver users.
A ground-breaking app that allows you to explore the map of what's around you by simply sliding your finger across the screen. Whilst out, monitor your location and direction. A perfect meld of assistive technology and mainstream hardware.
Sero (formerly iBlink Radio)
Provides access to radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to the blind and vision-impaired.
Provides access to new and popular books as they hit the virtual bookshelves. Accessible and easy to use, and for many blind users has restored a joy of reading.
The following apps have been removed from the App Store since their induction, so are no longer available for download:
- Fleksy VO - for VoiceOver users (originally inducted September 2012)
- NantMobile Money Reader (originally inducted December 2011)
- Nearby Explorer (originally inducted May 2017)
- Papa Sangre (originally inducted April 2012)
- Read2Go (originally inducted December 2011)
- TweetList 4 For Twitter (originally inducted December 2011)
- VizWiz (originally inducted December 2011)
- Vokul (originally inducted July 2012)
Suspended and Revoked Inductions
At times it may be necessary to temporarily suspend an induction or in extreme circumstances revoke it completely.
These decisions are not taken lightly, but are essential to maintain the integrity and value of the Hall of Fame.
Pandora Music is free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom "station" that plays similar music.
Inducted: June 2012 Suspended: August 2014 due to ongoing issues with browsing and managing stations.
TuneIn Pro - Radio & Sports
Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 radio stations, TuneIn has the largest selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world.
Inducted: December 2011 Suspended: September 2020 due to developer's failure to address what had become longstanding accessibility issues introduced since induction.
Please note that the app landscape is constantly changing. it is possible that an app listed above may no longer be considered the best choice due to changes in its own features; new or improved features in other apps; or in some cases changes to the features and functionality of iOS or iPadOS. Consequently, we would always recommend that you carry out some research to establish whether an app is the best choice for you.