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How to turn on the LED notification light on your iPhone

How to turn on the LED notification light on your iPhone

Whether you need visible notification lights on your iPhone or just want them, the LED flash makes it possible. Unlike some other phones, the iPhone doesn't include a dedicated notification light. The iPhone does, however, include an accessibility feature for the deaf and hearing impaired that...
Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple's message that Apple Watch is "the most personal and intimate device we've ever created" resonates with me in two ways. First, regarding the Apple Watch as an object, as a timepiece and fashion accessory: It's been years since I regularly wore a watch, but Apple Watch is pushing to change...
What you need to know about Accessibility in iOS 9

What you need to know about Accessibility in iOS 9

With iOS 9, Apple continues to push forward its support for the accessibility community. As Apple famously did with Snow Leopard on the Mac, this year's version of iOS primarily focuses on better stability and more polish. While there may be fewer "big" features in iOS 9, that doesn't mean that...
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Making the iPhone camera accessible for the blind

Making the iPhone camera accessible for the blind

When it comes to accessibility on mobile devices, some will look at the camera and immediately scratch it off the to-do list. Others will look at the camera and ask what can be done. Someone who can't see may still want to share photos with family, friends, and connections who can. That's why...
iOS 8.4.1 brings better accessibility to Apple Music

iOS 8.4.1 brings better accessibility to Apple Music

Apple has just released iOS 8.4.1, which includes fixes for, among other things, Apple Music. It also includes some improvements to accessibility, primarily where it comes to Apple's screen-reader, VoiceOver. The improvements should make it easier for people with limited or no vision to access...
Apple Watch bands in all styles for all sizes!

Apple Watch bands in all styles for all sizes!

I've never felt insecure about my wrists before... When Apple Watch was announced, I listened to prominent women in tech like Christina Warren, Serenity Caldwell, and Joanna Stern talk about how excited they were that Apple made a smartwatch with a smaller face option. These women have small, "...
Switch to iPhone: Because accessibility matters

Switch to iPhone: Because accessibility matters

Not because its easy but because it's the right thing to do. At the yearly keynotes where Apple introduces new versions of iOS, the company has repeatedly made sure to feature accessibility on stage and in video. This year Apple was honored with the Hellen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver...
Making accessibility part of your developer DNA

Making accessibility part of your developer DNA

Making accessibility a priority. AltConf 2015 I gave a talk entitled, "Accessibility Is a Moral Imperative". It was a high-level talk about why it is so important for developers to keep accessibility in view while developing for the Mac, for iOS, and for the web. What the speech lacked was any...
What you need to know about Accessibility in iOS 9

What you need to know about Accessibility in iOS 9

With iOS 9, Apple continues to push forward its support for the accessibility community. As Apple famously did with Snow Leopard on the Mac, this year's version of iOS primarily focuses on better stability and more polish. While there may be fewer "big" features in iOS 9, that doesn't mean that...
Raising awareness for accessibility

Raising awareness for accessibility

Accessibility is about making apps and interfaces that are usable by everyone. Apple is one of the few, if only, tech companies that routinely puts accessibility front and center on both its keynotes and its feature sets. Just this week, Apple received the Helen Keller Award for VoiceOver, a...
Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its work in accessible technology. This evening at an event held by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its breakthroughs in making technology accessible. Specifically, the AFB...
App Store VoiceVoer feature

App Store highlights apps that support VoiceOver

The App Store has highlighted some of the very best apps that support VoiceOver, Apple's assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired. Built right into the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, VoiceOver provides audio cues and gestures, allowing accessibility enough for the iOS interface...
My favorite Apple Watch accessibility features

My favorite Apple Watch accessibility features

There are Accessibility features aplenty in Watch OS, but four in particular have become my favorites. As part of my ongoing efforts to better use and understand Apple Watch, I've recently taken to looking at a few of Watch OS's Accessibility features in more detail. While my vision is good...

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