Category Archives: iDevices

All articles related to the “iDevices” – the iPhone, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. This category contains all the articles which are about those devices which run the “iOS” operating system.

iPhone beside an Estimote Beacon

What are iBeacons And How Are They Relevant To Accessibility?

Beacons are small smart devices that can give your phone or tablet a lot more information than they already have about where you are and what’s happening in the environment around you – it’s like giving your phone or tablet an extra sense.

Their most common use, at least so far, is for retailers to give you information when you come close to specific products in their shops – called micro-targetted advertising – but there are a myriad of possibilities for assistive technology uses for beacons too. Continue readingWhat are iBeacons And How Are They Relevant To Accessibility?

iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone between an oversized speaker and microphone resembling Apple icons.

Yes, You Can Talk To Your iPhone: What Siri Can Do For You

Siri personal assistant gets more useful with every iOS upgrade – she can probably do more things than you expect she can. She can be useful for everyone but especially useful for people whose disability makes manual use of their iPhone difficult, slow, or painful. Continue readingYes, You Can Talk To Your iPhone: What Siri Can Do For You

Preschool age girl touches an iPad propped on a kitchen table.

Maya Finds Her Voice

Dana Nieder has put together a fantastic video showing very clearly her daughter Maya’s progressive mastery of AAC systems and devices, and how much the “system” around them failed to support this.

This is a really hopeful video from the perspective of Maya, whose intelligence and mastery of communication methods really shines through… Continue readingMaya Finds Her Voice

Palm-sized black BlueAnt S4 speakerphone with clip on back, sitting in front of a laptop.

Hands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7

At the recent World Wide Developers Conference Apple had a lot to say about the upcoming iOS 8. There are many exciting enhancements coming with iOS 8 and one of them is the ability to use Siri completely hands-free without having to press the physical home button or the virtual one in AssistiveTouch. A simple “Hey, Siri” will bring up your favorite virtual assistant ready to take your requests as long as your iOS device is plugged in (subject to change hopefully). But you don’t have to wait for iOS 8 to have that capability… Continue readingHands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7

Screen shots from about ten different iPhone games, all partially on top of each other.

Reader Question: Games for iPhone VoiceOver Users?

The iPhone has a huge range of games available for it but it’s not easy for a casual user to find out which games will be compatible with VoiceOver. How could you go about finding appropriate games for a VoiceOver using relative? Continue readingReader Question: Games for iPhone VoiceOver Users?

iPad and iPad mini with different protective cases and keyguards.

Keyguards for iPad and iPad Mini

A keyguard is a plate which sits over a keyboard or touch screen, with spaces that a user can put their fingers or a pointer through to hit the keys. Users who have trouble with fine motor control often find that keyguards help them to hit the key they’re aiming for, and users who have weakness or fatigue that makes it difficult to hold up their arm can rest their hand on the keyguard while pressing keys.

Continue readingKeyguards for iPad and iPad Mini

Keyboard with yellow keys and large print black key legends.

Large Print Keyboards for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X

If you are a Mac, iPhone or iPad user who has trouble seeing or decoding the legends on your physical keyboard, what are your options? They include using a special keyboard with large type keyboard labels printed on it, getting a keyboard skin with large letters printed on it, buying stickers with large font labels for your current keyboard, and more.

These adaptions are helpful for users with low vision and also those with certain neurological problems making reading difficult. Continue readingLarge Print Keyboards for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X