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 readingWhat Can Siri Do For You?
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
The system keyboard in iOS works for a lot of folks, but if you have trouble typing quickly or accurately on your iPhone or iPad, Fleksy might be the right choice for you. Continue readingQuick And Accurate Typing with Fleksy
Today Apple has updated the iOS app Podcasts to version 2.1 and one of the major accessibility-relevant changes is that Siri can now play podcasts for you. Podcasts 2.1 also adds a tab grouping together all your unplayed podcasts, supports CarPlay, and has other miscellaneous improvements. Continue readingPodcasts 2.1 Now Supports Siri
The iDevice Voice Commands system doesn’t have a lot of different commands to remember, but it’s reasonably picky about you getting the wording just right. I’ve compiled all the English voice control commands into a printable document that will fold neatly in half and fit in your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad’s pouch so it’s handy while you’re still learning the commands. Continue readingiDevice Voice Commands Cheat Sheet
The Voice Control system was first introduced in iOS 3.2 on the iPhone 3GS. It has since been generally superseded by Siri, a more flexible system that uses Apple’s servers for voice processing, but Voice Control is still in wide use and has its own advantages. Here are all the Voice Control commands for English. Continue readingiDevice Voice Control Commands
There is a really great article by Scotty Loveless today about solving iOS battery drain. Scotty’s worked as an Apple Genius for two years so he really knows what he’s talking about, and all of his recommendations mirror suggestions that I frequently make to people which is nice and reassuring! Continue readingHow To Solve iOS Battery Drain
iOS 7.1 contains many changes that will be helpful to vision impaired users, as well as some relevant to VoiceOver users, switch users, and Siri users. The update was released about ten days ago now, and several helpful people have written about the accessibility changes in this release. Continue readingiOS 7.1 Accessibility Update Roundup
The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.
Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices
Switchamajig IR lets you control infra-red controlled toys and appliances with an iPhone or iPad directly – this video makes it look simple and so appealing: