TiPb's been saying Apple's accessibility technology is thumbs up for a while now, but the New York Times and legendary film critic Roger Ebert are giving real-world examples of just how good -- and inexpensive -- these new offerings are.

The NYT tells us Kara Lynn was given a deliberately crippled PC for $8,000 for text-to-speech, but instead she bought her own iPhone 3G and a $15 text-to-speech app, that was both less expensive but also provided greater mobility and functionality. (iPhone 3GS and iPod touch G3 include built-in VoiceOver and other accessibility features).

Ebert wrote in saying he likewise ditched the $8,000 PC after giving it a test drive, and instead went with his own MacBook, which again provided greater features and flexibility.

Now, we're politics free here at TiPb (and I'm Canadian, so I already get to wait in line for free full-body cloning, thank you very much), but we are decidedly pro-technology and this -- faster, better, cheaper, more portable -- is pronouncedly better technology.

And we're really interested to see how far Apple can take it in the future.