G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Happy Birthday to VoiceOver on iOS!

Five years ago today, Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader came to iOS. The AppleVis blog has a great article looking back on those five years for blind iPhone users and how they have changed things.

In June 2009, Apple changed the accessible smartphone market forever with the announcement of the VoiceOver screen reader on the iPhone 3GS. The device was officially released to the public on Friday, June 19, 2009; five years later, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my own early experiences with the iPhone, reflect on how much VoiceOver has changed (hint: more than I realized), and offer some thoughts on—and hopes for—the future.

Happy birthday to iOS’s VoiceOver!

– Ricky

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