Getting Started With iOS and iPadOS

Listed below is a selection of posts from across the AppleVis website which have been especially selected to help you setup and get to know your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, August 4, 2018

In this podcast, Tunmi gives us a quick demonstration of how to use effects and apps in the iOS Messages app.

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IN this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates and discusses the changes for braille display users in iOS 11 and later. How to set up type to Siri, braille captioning, how to customize braille keyboard commands, and the new settings in the braille menu are covered. A roughly edited transcript follows. Please note, This transcript was created soely for communication access. It is not a certified legal
transcript and may not be entirely verbatim.
Unknown Speaker: Welcome to Applevis.

iOS & iPadOS App Directory by Carlos Taylor on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, November 4, 2017

In this podcast, Dave Nason demonstrates setting up Face ID on the iPhone X with VoiceOver enabled.

Guide by tunmi13 on Monday, March 14, 2016

Everyone knows that Siri is Apple's virtual assistant. From getting directions to finding pictures, Siri is the best. Before Siri, virtual assistants didn't sound human like. Instead, they were robotic and slow. But now we do have human virtual assistants, and one of them is Siri, and that is why I have created this guide to teach you some tips to using her.

I will also go in detail of the Siri Settings.

Tips to Using Siri

These tips include some jokes you can ask Siri that are yes, appropriate, as well as some useful commands.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, November 4, 2018

In this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates using the Misspelled Words rotor option in iOS. He notes some of the limitations, what to do when a misspelled word does not have the replacement word you want, and proves to us he doesn't always know what he's talking about. Note that as of iOS 12.1, this rotor option appears in text fields with Safari, Mail, and Messages. At this time, it's not available in Notes, Pages, or Microsoft Word.

Blog Post by Scott Davert on Tuesday, February 25, 2014


This post was partially inspired by This article and others like it which give general advice about seemingly less known features of an iDevice. You will also find blog entries on other tech topics scattered throughout the internet which have similar tips for pretty much any mainstream type of technology. TO add to this body of literature, I have compiled 10 useful tips for braille users of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad below. This article was written with the intent to provide those who are both new, and more advanced braille users, with some new and helpful tidbits of information.
Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shares some tips on using emoji on iOS.

Topics covered include enabling, accessing and using the emoji keyboard; setting VoiceOver to announce when it reads an emoji in text; and using the VoiceOver rotor and suggestions to speed up emoji selection and entry.

Guide by tunmi13 on Thursday, September 5, 2019

Improving Battery

We love our technology when it works. But when it dies, it's very frustrating. You'll think things such as, "I literally just charged this an hour ago," or, "Why is my battery draining so fast?"

Usually, this is the result of battery aging. Your battery can only take so much before it starts getting old, and it needs to be replaced.

Other times, it can be software-related. This guide should hopefully help you get at least a bit more juice out of your battery, and hopefully keep it charged for a pretty long time.

Method One. Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is exactly what the title says. It's the process where apps in the background refresh their content. While it is very useful, it can be a major drainer of your battery.

It's recommended you either disable certain apps you think are causing lots of drainage, or disable the whole thing altogether. Here's how to do so.

Guide by Darrell Hilliker on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Do you need a way to easily turn off VoiceOver so a sighted friend can use your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone? Are you playing a gesture-based audio game that requires you to disable VoiceOver? If you need a way to easily turn VoiceOver off and on without sighted assistance or Siri, keep reading for instructions. This quick guide is for you.

Configuring the Accessibility Shortcut

The Accessibility Shortcut allows you to enable or disable accessibility features by pressing the Home button (or Side button if you're device doesn't have a Home button) three times in rapid succession. Apple does not enable this feature by default, so it must be configured before it can be used. We assume VoiceOver is enabled while following this guide, so VoiceOver gestures are used. If you are sighted, you may wish to turn off VoiceOver before proceeding. Follow these steps to configure the Accessibility Shortcut to toggle VoiceOver:

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, February 7, 2016

In part one of this mini series, Scott Davert explains some advantages of using a Bluetooth keyboard, demonstrates pairing a keyboard to an iDevice with a Bluetooth keyboard, and goes through some general commands and concepts for using a Bluetooth keyboard with your iDevice.

Guide by Scott Davert on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Last edited by Scott Davert on April 30, 2021.

Can I use a braille display with my iOS Device? If so, which models are compatible?

Yes, any iOS Device that runs VoiceOver can support a large variety of Bluetooth braille displays. Common ones include Humanware's Brailliant line, the Focus displays from Vispero, and many other braille devices from Alva, VissioBraille , HIMS, and other companies. Please see Apple's official list of supported braille displays. You may also find this page listing common braille commands for iOS to be helpful.

Over thirty models are supported, according to Apple, so chances are that if your display includes Bluetooth connectivity, it will be supported. Please see the link above to ensure that your model is listed. If it is listed, you're in luck!

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, February 21, 2016

In part 2 of his mini series on using bluetooth keyboards on iOS devices with VoiceOver, Scott Davert covers how to edit text and use of the Notes app. While not an exhaustive list of keyboard commands, as this would make for a very dry presentation, topics include: creating a new note, the cursor and how it differs from Windows, text selection, how to apply basic formatting to a note, and deleting of text within a note.

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

In part 3 of his mini series on using bluetooth keyboards on iOS devices with VoiceOver, Scott Davert discusses and shares a number of tips and keyboard shortcuts which should enable you to be more productive and efficient when using Safari to browse the web.

The previous podcasts in this series are:

Using a Bluetooth Keyboard with VoiceOver on iOS Part 1: An Introduction, and Navigating the Home Screen
Using iOS with VoiceOver and a Bluetooth Keyboard Part 2: Editing Text

Podcast by AppleVis on Monday, May 16, 2016

In part 4 of his series, Scott Davert continues showing off how to use various apps with an iOS Device and Bluetooth keyboard. This time around, Scott takes a look at the mail app. Part 1 which covers basics, can be found here, part 2 covering text editing can be heard by following this link, and part 3 covering Safari can be listened to here.

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In this podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the Universal Clipboard facility available on devices running iOS 10 or later, or macOS Sierra or later. If you now copy text, images, or video to the clipboard on one device, it should be automatically available to paste on any other device that uses the same Apple ID.

Note that for Universal Clipboard to work your device must support the Continuity feature and have Hand-off enabled. This Apple Support page provides more information on Continuity and Hand-off.

iOS & iPadOS App Directory by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

VO Starter is the first app to offer blind and visually impaired iOS users training on the built in screen reader, VoiceOver. For more information, visit our web site at

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

With Apple announcing that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be releasing on 16 September, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new accessibility features that are coming. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Headphone accommodation
  • Sound recognition
  • Real-time TTY
  • FaceTime now detect sign language
  • Real-time headphone audio level measurement
  • VoiceOver Recognition
  • Back Tap
  • New voices for Voice Control
  • Magnifier improvements
  • Braille auto-panning
  • Photo and video captioning
Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

With Apple announcing that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be releasing on 16 September, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new features that are coming. Topics covered in this podcast include:

Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, September 21, 2019

In this podcast, Dave Nason explores and discusses some of what's new for iPad users in iPadOS.