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AppleVis is the leading online resource for blind and low vision users of Apple products. Our podcast includes demos, guides, interviews, roundtables and more; all intended to help you get the most from your Apple device.

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AppleVis Unleashed June 2020: Clownfish podcast
Jun 30, 2020
AppleVis Extra 75: Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson from Apple Accessibility

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In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville speak with Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple, and her colleague Dean Hudson, who is also a VoiceOver and braille user himself.
On 22 June, Apple’s WWDC keynote highlighted the key changes and updates coming in iOS 14, iPad OS 14, Watch OS 7 and Mac OS Big Sur, from a largely mainstream perspective.
This conversation with Sarah and Dean gives us the opportunity to learn much more about what’s new in the area of accessibility.

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Announcer: An AppleVis original.
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Sarah Herrlinger: Part of our job is to work on making sure that everything that everyone makes at Apple is accessible. It's also about making sure that there's some really fun things to surprise and delight as many of the communities that we support as we can each year and finding new ways and new communities as we move along. I think this year hopefully, is going to be another fantastic year.
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Dean Hudson: On the technical side of things and when you're buried in the year, just sorting out details and what features will do what and you kind of get sort of lost in the trees and coming out for Dub Dub DC sort of look back and say, "Wow, these are some great features. You sort of put things in a broader perspective.
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Sarah Herrlinger: Our end goal is always to make sure that whether it is a young student being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up," and saying, "I want to be an engineer." Or someone who is already an adult looking at going into developing. We want to make sure that there's a next generation of developers out there, that are members of the blind community.
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Dave Nason: Hello and welcome to AppleVis Extra, this is episode number 75 and we are still in WWDC week. This is our third annual interview with Sarah Herrlinger and again she is joined by Dean Hudson and my name is Dave Nason. I'm joined in the hot seat by my co-host Thomas Domville. Thomas, how are you today?
Thomas Domville: I'm doing great. What a week, boy. This has been a busy week, but we got lots of cool stuff to cover, for sure.
Dave Nason: Really has yeah. We did a pretty long podcast on Monday night after the keynote. But it was largely focused on kind of what we'd seen in the keynote, the mainstream stuff and so hopefully today we'll get a bit more information about what's changed for us in the accessibility space.
Thomas Domville: Absolutely.
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Dave Nason: Sarah and Dean, thank you so much for joining us again. It's great to have you back.
Sarah Herrlinger: Well, it's so wonderful to be here. We always enjoy being able to spend some time with you both.
Dean Hudson: Yeah, it's fantastic.
Dave Nason: I know. I hope you're both keeping well in these strange times.
Sarah Herrlinger: Definitely. It has been some interesting months we've been going through and I hope everyone out there is safe and well, but we are still making sure that everything keeps moving forward here at Apple.
Dave Nason: What a week it's been I'd say, it's always a hectic week I'm sure at WWDC and this year, kind of different. How has it looked this year for you guys in comparison to previous years?
Sarah Herrlinger: Well, we're really excited. I think it's another great year. The team has really been firing on all cylinders and everybody, even working remotely people have been able to create some really amazing new features and that's always our goal. As much as part of our job is to work on making sure that everything that everyone makes at Apple is accessible. It's also about making sure that there's some really fun things to surprise and delight as many of the communities that we support as we can each year and finding new ways and new communities as we move along. I think this year hopefully is going to be another fantastic year of that as well.
Dave Nason: Yeah, cool and in a way actually I've heard people commenting that it's felt like a more inclusive WWDC in a way this year because everybody's in the same position. Everybody's joining remotely because there's nobody on site, so it's actually a very inclusive WWDC, I think.
Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah. I definitely agree. I think it's been a new world for us, but with things like the keynote I think they really worked hard to try and make it something that was a really interesting fun experience for everyone from remote locations.
Dave Nason: It was a jam packed keynote, I think it's fair to say. I suppose from an accessibility point of view what are the big ticket items for you guys this year?
Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah. There are a lot of different areas. I mean, once again we're trying to hit a number of different groups and I want to have Dean kind of kick it off I think and talk a little bit about the work that the team has done on VoiceOver and some other features for Blind and low vis.
Dean Hudson: One of the interesting thing is when you sort of are on the technical side of things and when you're buried in the year just sorting out details and what features will do what. You kind of get sort of lost in the trees and coming out for Dub Dub DC sort of look back and think, "Wow, these are some great features." You sort of put things in a broader perspective. But, VoiceOver's been a, we’ve had a pretty big step this year.
Dean Hudson: We've been working on utilizing the machine learning in the neural network software, technology in the new hardware and trying to figure out how we can make VoiceOver take advantage of that. We started last year, I don't know if you guys remember with automatic button labels. that was a technology that we use some heuristics to determine if a developer did not put labels on buttons that you forgot or whatever. We would try to auto detect that and would say, possibly play button or possibly order button.
Dean Hudson: This year we took it a bit further, quite a bit further. Now we can use that technology to auto identify elements. If a developer did not put an attribute trait on a button or a table or a slider, or a scroll area. Then we would try to detect what that is through what we call screen recognition. That had a lot of debate back and forth because well then that means developers don't have to do much work.
Dean Hudson: But that's not at all what it's for. It's really for situations where a developer could have very good intention, but just forgot to label something or forgot to identify an attribute or just didn't know how to make something accessible. Therefore just wasn't able to do it and so we didn't want our users to have to experience that.
Dean Hudson: I'm sure you guys know for certain apps that you use all the time. Like I use the grocery apps to order food or to order groceries or the lift app to get a ride someplace. It's so annoying that if they come up with an update and you go and put all these items in your cart and you're ready to check out, but you can't get to the order button or checkout button and that can be a very frustrating experience.
Dean Hudson: We didn't want our users to have to experience that and so we will try to identify that stuff for you. But we're definitely still encouraging our third party developers to make their apps accessible. And we think this technology will further that because, when they turn this on with VoiceOver and they're going through their app and we encourage developers to do this, and they navigate over an item and it says, possibly slider. Well the engineer's going to say, wait, that's not possibly, that is a slider, so let me go in my code and fix it so that it says what it needs to do.
Dean Hudson: It offers our users some sort of a layer of protection so that they don't have to run across just mistakes. Just we're talking software and software often times, there's gotta be bugs just the reality of software.
Dean Hudson: Another thing we did is better image descriptions. Currently if you navigate over an image of a couple eating dinner, we might say two people, table with plates but now we'll give a more context description of the image, so two people sitting at a table enjoying a meal, something like that. Because our eyes see something and we get the image, but it's our brains that interpret that into context. That's one area, sort of VoiceOver recognition, image descriptions, better in their descriptions.
Dean Hudson: Another huge area that we're extremely proud of and very very hopeful is the area of software development. We have done a ton of work in making the whole Xcode experience, not just better, but allowing our users to be proficient when using Xcode. We've included a bunch of stuff in the rotor that allows you to easily navigate through huge chunks of code as a developer. One of the things you have to do is be able to navigate other people's code and your own code very quickly. You can't just do line by line. You got to jump to different sections and then so that whole editing experience is much, much improved.
Dean Hudson: The other area is in the Swift Playgrounds coding, making the live previews accessible, so you can type in a chunk of code. And then on the right side of the screen, you can navigate and actually see your UI live which just wasn't there before, so that's all accessible now. Things like code completion, navigating break points, all those things are crucial when you're trying to do real software development. We really think this is going to be a huge opportunity for people who are blind to, even if they just want to learn something about coding, or they actually want to be a software engineer. This is going to be great for them, so really excited about that.
Dean Hudson: Some smaller items, but huge, we've made some huge braille improvements for both desktop and iOS. Auto panning for braille displays is great for fast braille readers. I have it on, I set mine to like, I don't know, every three or four or five minutes it depends because it takes me forever to read braille.
Dave Nason: I know that pain
Dean Hudson: But some users are really fast, so we wanted to bring that experience to Apple's products. Then some other improvements for things like the languages. We added a bunch of languages last year, I think we're up to more than 82, but now we include it in the rotor. If you quickly need to just switch languages on the, I should say braille tables, if you want to switch on the fly, you can do that with the rotor. That's really cool improvement.
Dave Nason: That's cool
Dean Hudson: Yeah and sort of the last thing is we've now included accessibility settings in the Watch set up. If you need large fonts, speech, all that now is included when you go to set up your Watch. Then we are bringing the rotor to the Watch as well.
Dave Nason: Very welcome
Dean Hudson: Yeah thanks. There's some really cool things there
Dave Nason: Yes, so there's quite a lot there, isn't there for accessibility this year. I think myself and Thomas were talking actually just beforehand about the whole recognition thing. It's gotta be huge because as much as we were saying, we want developers to do the work and to make their apps accessible. To even have a level of accessibility in apps that were previously completely unusable to us, is a huge leap forward. Isn't it?
Dean Hudson: Yeah. I mean, like I said, I personally experienced this and it's just, it's nice to know that, okay, there's a backup plan, I can order my groceries.
Dave Nason: Like you’re saying, to that last point, you've got the whole fast food order or whatever it might be put together and then there's no order button.
Thomas Domville: We were talking about how we were simply amazed by the new text and image recognition as an improvement. Mostly in our photos and app store photos, we were never able to see and those were like, Oh my gosh, this is really clear and understandable.
Thomas Domville: I got a question about the screen recognition, if you don't mind. Now you're talking about, are these missing elements that we typically find where there just be clicks and nothing is speaking to us. It will actually just kinda recognize what's on the screen, such as elements, like you mentioned about the sliders and things that were not spoken to us before. Or these elements that we are able to see VoiceOver just a little better in description.
Dean Hudson: It's both. When you swipe to some item and it clicks and it doesn't say anything, that means that there's an element there that the developer did not promote in accessibility. They didn't say this needs an accessibility trait. And if they don't provide that then VoiceOver will not see anything there, so this does both. It sees that, hey, there's a button here but AX doesn't know about it and so we're going to pull it up. We think this is a button or we think this is a slider and so we're gonna tell you that it's a slider.
Thomas Domville: Wow, that's huge. I can't begin to tell you how much progress and like you mentioned before, we just kinda touched on this last year, it was kind of an emphasis now it's starting to grow on us and being able to do this is just absolutely fantastic.
Thomas Domville: I really love the new Xcode accessibility options you mentioned, because that was kind of a big thing we talked about last year that you're making it more and more accessible for those that want to do use that code and program with it. Knowing that, but you mentioned too, is that you mentioned rotor, I'm guessing that's for the Mac, you said you added some new rotor items in there for Xcode?
Dean Hudson: Yeah, these are specific for Xcode. Jump to the next member function. There’s a bunch of them, jump to, I can't remember off hand, but next scope. A lot of times when you're, especially, if you're working with new API, you need to look at the header files and see sort of the functions that are in there and how they're supposed to work. It's really useful for jumping around a code, getting to code quickly versus doing line by line.
Dean Hudson: Like I did a project, some coding stuff in C++, it's not even Objective-C or Swift, and man it's just like working with some code that was probably written in the nineties. It's pretty tedious back then. But today, like that experience would be a lot better if I had had these improvements with Xcode. We're really excited, we've gotten a lot of requests from people who just want to dip their toe in the pool and try out Swift and see what they can do, everyone can learn to code. Now we can offer them a path to do that.
Thomas Domville: Are you going to come out with your own apps now?
Dean Hudson: I'm working on it man. I’m writing my own OS
Thomas Domville: I love that
Dave Nason: About the screen recognition, is that available on particular devices? Because I know iOS 14 goes right back to the iPhone 6s, but does that particular feature
Dean Hudson: The recognition starts from XS or the XS up, 2018 and 19 obviously to 20.
Dave Nason: Yeah, so that's obviously the very impressive machine learning capabilities of those devices I guess.
Dean Hudson: Yeah.
Thomas Domville: I'm really excited to hear about the Apple watch that, you got some big improvements there. You mentioned about being able to use instead of Apple watch solely by itself. So it’s like the iPhone having VoiceOver baked in from the get go from the setup and introducing the rotor. That'll be exciting to see what's included and a nice feature to have.
Dean Hudson: You guys might've saw David Woodbridge did a video, we're also bringing up braille support for the watch.
Thomas Domville: Tell us about that.
Dean Hudson: Because the watch is starting to become more autonomous, you can now make phone calls independently of the phone. We realize that some folks who are deaf-blind may want to use their watch to do certain things like call 911 if they fall, to monitor their heart. There are things that are independent on the watch that are not on the phone. We wanted people to be able to take advantage of those functions who couldn't hear or couldn't see, so deaf-blind community.
Sarah Herrlinger: It's a great extension of how year over year, we just try and look at what's an area that we haven't covered yet and try and make sure that we cover that off. With braille being available on so many of our other products, this was a natural extension to move into this area.
Thomas Domville: Definitely. Among the braille improvements, you mentioned about the braille panning and being able to use braille display on Apple watch. Are there other braille improvements?
Dean Hudson: Other than a lot of performance things and sort of just bug fixes. I don't know if you guys use the onscreen braille for iPhone?
Thomas Domville: Yes the BSI?
Dean Hudson: Yeah. That's been improved, a lot of bug fixes in there and a lot of performance fixes in that. Hopefully the experience will be even better when using that feature. And braille input, that's always won. Having the separate tables for input and output, we've now introduced that to both iOS and the desktop. Those are the main ones, I think. The other one, I don't know if you've had a chance to play with sort of the math input stuff for braille in pages. That's another big area. It's constantly iterating over just different feedback we get from some really, really, really top notch braille users and that's what we've tried to always improve on.
Sarah Herrlinger: Really quickly on the Xcode work that we've done. I know, we now know that Dean in his off hours is building his own operating system, but we definitely encourage others to really jump into this as well and more importantly to give us feedback. I think our end goal is always to make sure that whether it is a young student being asked, what do you want to be when you grow up and saying, I want to be an engineer, or someone who is already an adult looking at going into developing.
Sarah Herrlinger: We want to make sure that there's a next generation of developers out there that are members of the blind community. Both from the perspective of employment in the community, but also from what that type of diversity coming into any company in the world can do to help anyone make a better app.
Sarah Herrlinger: We want to make sure that the work we're doing is valuable and works well for the community. If there are ways that we can continue to improve that, then let us know. I just want to make sure we have that plug in there that we want this to be something that turns into another generation or a new generation of great coders out there.
Dean Hudson: With any sort of job you get today. It's just one more thing. If you had any kind of coding experience, it's just going to help you. I know with my kids, they do some small sort of coding related activities, but it's very helpful in today's workforce to have. You don't have to be an engineer, but at least have some knowledge of kind of how it works.
Dave Nason: It's great because it is a topic that pops up on the website every now and then, or fairly often, you see an Xcode related thread on AppleVis.com so there's definitely a community out there wanting to do this. Again I love that kind of acknowledgement, that we're not just using devices to consume, we're using devices like everyone else in society to work or wanting to work. You know what I mean? It's an acknowledgement of that as well.
Sarah Herrlinger: Absolutely. Beyond VoiceOver, is there anything beyond VoiceOver, one of the other features that's kind of come up as a great sleeper hit this year is a feature we have called Back Tap. The idea behind Back Tap is that by literally just doing a double tap or a triple tap on the back of phones, and this one is iPhones only and it also falls into that iPhone X and beyond arena. I think in both of these cases there are hardware needs in order to make things like VoiceOver recognition and Back Tap work. That's why these become X and beyond. But by doing that double tap or triple tap on the back of the phone, you can do a gesture.
Sarah Herrlinger: It triggers some sort of a gesture. You can choose from a lot of different things that are out there. It can be anything from turning on and off of VoiceOver or any of the other accessibility features to accessing on the accessibility shortcut. If you use more than one feature or you can do a lot of mainstream kind of general use things. I have mine set up so that a double tap is taking a screenshot and a triple tap is locking the phone, but you could set it up, if you were a Switch Control user, you can do Switch Control actions. As a VoiceOver user you can do different types of gestures and such.
Sarah Herrlinger: Dean I know you have yours set up differently than mine, what are you using these days?
Dean Hudson: Yeah, I might change it, but I have it's so double tap brings up the notifications and then triple tap will bring up the control panel.
Dave Nason: That's the same as what I'm looking at doing as well Dean. I think it's because it can be tricky if you're using the iPhone one handed to reach up to the top of the phone and do those gestures. This gives me an alternative method to...
Dean Hudson: Exactly
Dave Nason: ...to get those, yeah. I think that's great. It's such a small thing and such a big thing at the same time, the Back Tap feature it's great.
Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, It's been fun to see how it's been picked up so much around in articles across the board. We actually had a developer the other day who posted a video about setting up the back tap to play a Rick roll video. That's another thing, you can actually use your Siri shortcuts and if you create a shortcut to do something, you could set that up to do that as well.
Sarah Herrlinger: You could take a complex workflow and turn it into a single gesture of a double tap or a triple tap.
Dave Nason: Yeah, that's so good. Actually as well, that reminds me that, I think we've spoken in the past about how accessibility being customization, you know what I mean and this is a great example of that. Where it's inaccessibility, but there's probably not a person out there barely who couldn't use this or find this useful. It's customization for everybody, and is an accessibility feature.
Dean Hudson: The top is, if you want to find the important features of iOS, just look in accessibility.
Sarah Herrlinger: Definitely. I think, our real goal is allowing you to use your device in the way that works best for you. Really that element of customization is huge for us. We find there are accessibility features that are built for one community, but have great applicability across the board and get used as more productivity by other groups. All kinds of things that we see that happened with accessibility features. And as Dean said, it's really, I think the heart and soul of what we build, but that's really just about making sure that you get the most out of our devices.
Thomas Domville: It's nice to see a feature like that in accessibility that can also be used by people like yourself Sarah, that do have sighted vision. It goes vice versa by both ways. Which is similar to the caption that you can now add to photos, which is more of a mainstream feature, but it really is a big deal for accessibility folks as well.
Sarah Herrlinger: I think there's a lot of really cool mainstream stuff that certainly does have accessibility implications and can be great for other communities too.
Dave Nason: You also I think wanted to talk about AirPods and kind of the increased importance that they're kind of having for people.
Sarah Herrlinger: There's a number of things we've done this year in support of, I guess, quote and quote, hearing, meaning everything from supporting those who are all the way in the deaf community to those who just want to get more out of using our products once again, as well. Regardless of who you are that you just want to have better usage of our technology and some of those things fall into the realm of the AirPods.
Sarah Herrlinger: There's a couple of different things that we've done this year in that area. One of them is something called Headphone Accommodations. Headphone Accommodations is, it's a new accessibility setting designed to adjust certain frequencies, which can either amplify or dampen particular sounds so that you can better tune audio for each individual's unique hearing needs.
Sarah Herrlinger: This can be applicable for music, movies, phone calls, FaceTime calls, podcasts, whatever it is you use your device to get sound. The way that it works is that in the accessibility settings, you'll find something called custom audio setup. Within that you go through a series of, well, you can do two things. One, if you have your own personal audio gram, you could put that in there, so you can incorporate that. But you can also go through a series of sort of little tests that allow you to say, do you hear this better? Do you hear that better? Once you've gone through that process, you can set up to nine unique profiles based on your personal sound preferences, which are really three amplification tunings with three varying strengths.
Sarah Herrlinger: From that then, by choosing which one you want, you can then get your music and movies and phone calls and such played in a way that is better set up for your personal hearing needs. That is actually available on AirPods Pro, the second generation of AirPods, some of the Beats headphones and EarPods. But for AirPods Pro, there's also an additional little feature which is great, which is. With the AirPods Pro, there's a way in which when you're using them, you can move from noise canceling to transparency as options in using.
Sarah Herrlinger: So you can have it either, I want no outside sound and I just want to immerse myself in whatever is the audio that's coming through the device, or I want to know what's going on around me. I have the music playing or VoiceOver playing or whatever it might be, but I want to make sure that I have some contextual awareness around me and with Headphone Accommodations, the way that you have set up your custom audio is now available in Transparency Mode.
Sarah Herrlinger: From that, it makes just for quiet voices can be more audible and outside environmental sounds can be more detailed. If you, for example, are a voiceover user who is out in the world and you want to have a little bit more contextual awareness of your surroundings that just is tuned a little bit more to you than it would be if you just had transparency mode on in it's baseline setting.
Dave Nason: As someone who listens to a lot of podcasts while walking, I can definitely see myself there.
Thomas Domville: I've turned this on and it works quite well. I mean, it's much better than the default. You'll be amazed at how much context you are given with this on.
Sarah Herrlinger: Another great feature that we've developed in support of the deaf and in some cases, deaf-blind community. I think there's applicability as well in some ways for the blind community too, is a feature called Sound Recognition.
Sarah Herrlinger: We know so much of the world, we have all these sound based alerts and alarms and notifications and things that are going on around us, but are not always accessible to members of the deaf or the deaf-blind communities. We added in a feature called Sound Detection, which will give a visual alert and notification obviously works with voiceover to a user on an iPhone and iPad.
Sarah Herrlinger: I've had an iPad where it gives you that alert when a particular sound or alert is detected. Imagine if there's a smoke alarm going off, or the doorbell chimes, you would get a visual notification that says, there has been an alert could be a doorbell. We're looking at realms around human sounds, a shouting or a dog barking or things like that. Which even just for someone in the blind community who hears something, but may go, might wonder what it is. To have that ability to get it a VoiceOver or an alert telling you, it seems like that might be x, can be beneficial. But certainly for the deaf community and the deaf-blind community, giving them much more information and awareness of what's going on around them.
Dave Nason: That's going to be huge for things like fire alarms and smoke alarms.
Dean Hudson: Babies crying
Dave Nason: If you're asleep, you're not going to see the flashing light on your phone, so having an actual notification.
Thomas Domville: Actually for myself, I get kind of tuned out with my headphones on and I have this item on it was quite nice to when the doorbell would ring and I get the notification and I hear it. It was nice to see that.
Sarah Herrlinger: We're really excited at the potential of this one to really just make things a lot easier for anyone and everyone to be able to better interact with the audible things around them.
Sarah Herrlinger: Another thing that I think folks might be interested in hearing about is the fact that we have done a pretty significant upgrade to magnifier. We know Magnifier is one of our most popular and beloved accessibility features, and it's an invaluable tool really for everyone.
Sarah Herrlinger: I mean, certainly for those who have some level of vision loss. I am an eyeglass wearer and I feel like I am fully reliant on magnifier in my life. Even with my glasses on, because there's so much just tiny print out in the world that I can't get. We know that it just gets used by everyone. We did some work this year too on a number of different fronts. One of them is redoing the UI. Making it so that you have a little bit more control and flexibility in both how much real estate, the magnifier controllers take on your screen as you're using it, but also based on your preferences, what shows up. You can choose what's the primary kind of controls on the screen when you're using Magnifier.
Sarah Herrlinger: For example, the way that you use it is zoom is the most important part for you, that can be the principal controller on the screen. But if, for example, you always go to the same level of zoom, but you need to play around with the brightness in order to figure out what's going on. You can make that kind of a change. So that, that controller ends up being the primary one for you.
Sarah Herrlinger: Just in terms of sort of how it sits on the screen, there's some work that's been done there to make it a better user experience. But then you can also magnify more of the area that you're pointing to as well as being able to capture multi-shot freeze frames. That freeze frame element of this has always been a huge, huge feature that people have loved.
Sarah Herrlinger: Being able to just capture an image and then be able to zoom in and out on it, with this way you can work with those individual frames in their own way. Maybe you want to, it will filter one, but not another, or eliminate images for better clarity. You can do a lot more to be able to move from one to the next and get more out of whatever you're looking at.
Sarah Herrlinger: One of the other things that is really cool, if you're an iPad user, is Magnifier is now also supported in multitasking. It could be a great tool, particularly for students who are using it in a classroom. Because you could have one side of the screen, perhaps beyond an educational webpage where you're using Zoom to zoom in on that. Then you have Magnifier running on the other side of the screen when you're doing, for example, a science experiment, and you need to be able to magnify in on whatever it is you are doing out in the real world.
Thomas Domville: How interesting
Dave Nason: Or simply take notes or anything, that'll be amazing.
Sarah Herrlinger: Yes, a lot of really cool things going on with magnifier, I'm really excited about that one. Then I think, there's a lot of other things that we have worked on as well that may be of interest to folks, things like in group FaceTime. For a while, we've had a feature where if you are speaking, it will detect that you're speaking and make you the principal image or principal bubble on the screen.
Sarah Herrlinger: Now we've done the same thing for sign language. For someone who is a sign language user when a participant is using sign language, it detects that and then makes that person, the prominent person in the call as well. Really helping assist for the deaf community in making group FaceTime, which we know FaceTime is really highly used by the deaf community for communication, it really just makes it another level of usability for that community.
Sarah Herrlinger: Another thing to bring up that we're really excited about is the, I feel like every time I turn around, I'm saying we're really excited about because that is our whole week. We are just really excited about everything we've been doing for the last year. But for people who are gamers you know, Apple Arcade has become such a great experience for people to be able to immerse themselves in just these unbelievably really in depth, just games that are amazing.
Sarah Herrlinger: A lot of those gamers end up using controllers. Whether they be, we've been supporting things, some of the Xbox controllers and PlayStation and such, and we've expanded our controller support this year. One of the controllers we're now supporting is the Xbox Adaptive Controller. That for individuals with physical motor limitations has become just a mainstay of being able to play games at the caliber of others using different types of controllers. We're really excited at the fact that this one's now come to the Apple Arcade platform too.
Dave Nason: I think that's really cool. I was delighted when I read that, although, I admit I can't play too many of the games myself. I don't know are you aware of any more, I suppose, VoiceOver friendly games coming into arcade or onto the Apple TV in general? It's probably one of the most difficult areas we still have kind of an accessibility terms as the blind community, I think.
Sarah Herrlinger: I think it is to your point, is a difficult area and is one that as we work with developers much in the same way we do with apps, we always make sure to evangelize for it within the developer community. I think there's room for things to get better. I think with certainly with all the works we've done this year around VoiceOver recognition, there's a lot of improvement we've been able to do for apps. Games are a world all their own, but we'll always continue to try and keep both through the developer community and through our own work to see what's feasible.
Dean Hudson: One of the example that is, there's a game out on the app store called song pop, and that's a completely based in Unity, which is like a bridge that a lot of developers are going through to use, to make it multi-platform. We've done some voice recognition, string recognition on that, and that's completely accessible. That's a good example of how this recognition stuff is starting to improve even third party apps.
Dave Nason: I'll definitely be downloading that this evening, because it's great to have an app like that to really get a good view of screen recognition I suppose. How it is at its best, that'd be cool to see.
Thomas Domville: You guys you introduce a lot of features, which is outstanding. It is awesome to have our listeners hear all these features. Even the small ones, like you said, the Back Tap is such a big thing. I noticed too in Voice Control that we also have some new voices for United Kingdom and India users out there and I think that's going to be great benefit too. Just lots of little gems in there that might be hidden away, but, well done.
Dave Nason: Yeah, that's correct.
Sarah Herrlinger: Thank you, we'll be sure to share that back with the team because they have certainly been working really hard.
Dave Nason: I suppose, one other maybe quick question to ask then, which might be important to people in our community would be around kind of the bugs and that kind of thing. Because I think iOS 13 certainly compared to iOS 12 is maybe one of the bumpier releases we've had in terms of things like VoiceOver and braille and bugs. I don't know, how's iOS 14 looking in that kind of respect?
Sarah Herrlinger: Well, I think starting off our beta one, we're getting a good response on stability. I think that, our team spends well year round, but certainly the summer timeframe squashing as many bugs as we possibly can. There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bugs that get dealt with over the course of the summer timeframe.
Sarah Herrlinger: Then we know that through the course of the year, we continue to try and make sure that as we catch new ones, we're always getting those. One of the big things about VoiceOver is it is so customizable. They're often that when we get feedback from people who say here's my particular configuration and I've found something. We work to try and make sure we get all of the different nooks and crannies, and we're gonna continue to do that over the course of this summer.
Sarah Herrlinger: Definitely I always encourage people to download the betas and provide us with feedback and let us know where there are places that we can make sure we hit those before they go live. We're going to continue to keep working and doing everything we possibly can.
Dave Nason: Great and I suppose yes if people are joining the public beta, when that happens over the summer, I suppose it's a key message to send in all those reports to the Feedback Assistant. If you're using a live version is to use that accessibility@apple.com email address, I guess.
Dean Hudson: Yes
Sarah Herrlinger: Absolutely
Dean Hudson: Report, report, report, report them all. Testing, testing, testing.
Dave Nason: We hope not to hear that sentence too much anymore. Great stuff. I think that about wraps it up. Just again, I'd like to thank you both Sarah and Dean for joining us. We really appreciate your time that you give us each year and now three years in a row. Thank you so much.
Dean Hudson: Happy to do it.
Sarah Herrlinger: Yes absolutely. We really enjoy talking to you all, thank you.
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Dave Nason: Well that was Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's Global Head of Accessibility and her colleague Dean Hudson. It was really good to talk to them again, wasn't it Thomas.
Thomas Domville: It's always a treat to have both of them. They are both so insightful and I love the excitement and enthusiasm that they both offer. Dean, you could just give him the mic all day. He could just talk about this all day long and I love all the new features they discussed. There's so much more to that they didn't talk about, but they definitely included a lot of the bigger features.
Thomas Domville: I'm really interested about the screen recognition a lot more. That sounds like amazing feature that I think that's going to be well adapted for us that have apps that are not very accessible.
Dave Nason: Yes the screen recognition is definitely one I'm very interested to see, I'm trying to think of some apps that I have tried using that I kind of wasn't able to, that I can go back now and try it with. Trying to sort of think of what
Thomas Domville: I know right
Dave Nason: Because I've probably deleted all those apps. You know what I mean, I gave up on them a long time ago, now it's like, okay, can I go back and try these apps again with this. Things like the photo recognition, just getting that context around, somebody sends you a photo or it's a photo even you took yourself a few weeks ago, to be able to do that, to get that kind of context.
Thomas Domville: Oh definitely and, I think our users are gonna absolutely love that feature. I know that Dave and I have been using it and we can tell you with no out a doubt that it is amazing, a big difference I thought in terms of what is being recognized and being spoken to us. I've mentioned to Dave earlier that in App Store, for example, some of the photos for the apps were never spoken before and now the describe it, even has text recognition what's on the screen itself. I thought that, wow, this is really fantastic.
Dave Nason: It's kind of, it's funny when it's not like last year where we had like the big ticket item of Voice Control was kind of the big new accessibility feature. I suppose for a Screen Recognition it's the closest we have to that this year maybe. But there's a lot of features, a lot of, kind of just improvements I think in accessibility this year that hopefully we'll see.
Thomas Domville: I totally agree with you. I think that we were spoiled last year when we got some significant features and not that these aren't big features, but I have to agree they're more of a moderate range to minor, but there are lots of them, which is very welcome. Back Tap for example, that's cool.
Dave Nason: Yeah a cool little thing like that. It sounds like there's a real focus on hearing as well, which maybe they think, okay, we focused a lot on things like VoiceOver in recent years.
Thomas Domville: That's true
Dave Nason: And we need to put a little bit of time into the deaf community and you know, not least yourself and Scott in our team are members of the deaf-blind community. There is a lot of cross over there.
Thomas Domville: That includes the low vision too, I mean, you just heard yourself that they made a major UI change and lots of little tweaks and bells for Magnify. Our low vision folks also got some love and attention too.
Dave Nason: Yeah, definitely. I'm sure we'll be discussing it in bits and bobs over the summer and on your other podcasts. Obviously once this software goes out in probably September, if we're on a normal schedule, who knows it might be October this year, in the year that we are in
Thomas Domville: Whatever it is
Dave Nason: But whenever it happens, we'll have loads and loads of content, both in written and podcast form on everything that's new and how to use it and everything.
Thomas Domville: Yes, stay in touch with AppleVis throughout the summer, I'm sure that on the Unleash podcast, I will be going through all the features that is, were not discussed here in accessibility terms. I also will be covering all the mainstream features that are in those iOS 14 and such. Give that a listen, watch the website as well for any updates and news to give you.
Dave Nason: Great stuff, thanks again for joining me, Thomas and thanks everybody for listening.
Thomas Domville: Thank you, Dave. Bye bye.
Dave Nason: Bye bye.
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Jun 29, 2020
AppleVis Extra 74: Recapping Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, and Tyler Stephen get together to discuss Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote.

Jun 23, 2020
Quick tip: Keep your Safari tabs tidy by having them close automatically

In this quick tip, Dave Nason shows us how to de-clutter your Safari tabs on iOS by having tabs close automatically after a period of time not being used.

Jun 14, 2020
Quick Tip: How to Disable Battery Health Management on macOS

In this Quick Tip Tyler Stephen shows us how to disable battery health management on macOS.

Jun 12, 2020
How to Share Your Current Location on an iPhone

Are you lost? Need to give someone your location or address to find you? In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to share your current location on an iPhone.

Jun 09, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed May 2020: Can You Read My Lips?

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

May 31, 2020
AppleVis Extra 73: Talking Accessibility Awareness with Rene Ritchie

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason speaks to Rene Ritchie, formerly of iMore.com and now independent tech journalist, blogger and YouTuber.
With last week's Global Accessibility Awareness Day front of mind, they discuss awareness of accessibility needs and features amongst users and developers, how mainstream companies like Apple and others have addressed accessibility and what more we might have to look forward to.
Find Rene on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
You can also find text versions of his videos and links to audio podcast versions on his website.

May 28, 2020
Sharpen Your Blackjack Skills with the Blackjack Strategy+ for iOS

Do you have what it takes to beat your friends and foes in Blackjack? Join as Thomas Domville discuss how to sharpen your Blackjack skills with the Blackjack Strategy+ app for iOS. Blackjack Strategy+ is the best way to learn blackjack basic strategy! With this realistic quiz, you'll master when to hit, stay, split, or double down. Use this app to practice before heading to the casino tables!

‎Blackjack Strategy+ on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blackjack-strategizer/id563098514?ign-mpt=...

May 26, 2020
How to Enable Caption Panel for VoiceOver on iOS

Be sure to listen in as Thomas Domville shows us how to enable caption panel for VoiceOver in iOS and why you would want to do that.

May 23, 2020
How to Change Safari's Default Search Engine in iOS

Listen in as Thomas Domville shows us how to change Safari's default search engine in iOS.

May 15, 2020
Modern Day Audio Reader Service with Radio Talking Book for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us the ropes in using Radio Talking Book for iOS. The Radio Talking Book Network (RTB) is a free news and information service that broadcasts 24 hours a day, every day, to listeners across the nation. They broadcast daily newspapers, current magazines, and a wide variety of books to appeal to diverse interests. All are read by skilled volunteer readers and broadcasters.

‎Radio Talking Book on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/radio-talking-book/id1483640951

May 12, 2020
AppleVis Extra 72: Personal Power with Michael Feir

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, host Dave Nason speaks to Michael Feir, author of Personal Power; The iOS Edition, a recently released comprehensive guide on how to get the most from iOS as a blind user.

May 07, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed April 2020: It's Dead Jim!
Apr 29, 2020
AppleVis Extra #71: In-Depth Interview with Maurice Parker of NetNewsWire

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville interview Maurice Parker one of the developers of NetNewsWire.

‎NetNewsWire: RSS Reader on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/netnewswire-rss-reader/id1480640210

Get Wired In the News with NetNewsWire: RSS Reader for iOS
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/get-wired-news-netnewswire-rss-reader-ios

Apr 24, 2020
AppleVis Extra 70: An Interview with the Developer of Envision AI

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Scott Davert interview KARTHIK KANNAN developer of Envision AI.

‎Envision AI on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/envision-ai/id1268632314

Envision - enabling vision for visually impaired Website:
https://www.letsenvision.com/

Questions about Envision AI and/or Envision Glasses? Email at karthik@letsenvision.com or write to him from within the app.

Apr 17, 2020
How to Choose a Streaming Option for Apple TV+ in iOS

Are you using Apple TV+? Did you know that you can change different streaming options for TV+? Join in as Thomas Domville shows us how to choose a streaming option for Apple TV+ in iOS.

Apr 10, 2020
How to Use iCloud Folder Sharing on macOS

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen shows us how to share folders in iCloud Drive on a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.

More information on sharing folders with iCloud Drive is available on this Apple Support page.

With folder sharing in iCloud Drive, you can share entire folders of files with friends, family, or colleagues. Then, you can work together on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or iCloud.com.

When you create and share a folder in iCloud Drive, participants can access all the files in that folder. If you add a file to a shared folder, it's automatically shared with all participants, too. You can also add or remove participants, edit sharing permissions, or stop sharing a folder anytime.

Apr 06, 2020
How to Use iCloud Folder Sharing in iOS

Are you wanting to share a folder from your iCloud Drive with your family, friends or co-workers? Join Thomas Domville in how to use iCloud folder sharing in iOS.

Apr 03, 2020
How to Create an iCloud Folder Sharing in iOS

Are you wanting to share a folder from your iCloud Drive with your family, friends or co-workers? Join with Thomas Domville in how to create an iCloud folder sharing in iOS.

Apr 03, 2020
Quick Tip: Asking Siri Questions About COVID-19

Apple has updated Siri to answer some simple questions about Covid-19 for users in the USA.

In this podcast, Troy Larson shows us how voice queries like “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?” will lead you through a series of quick questions about symptoms such as a dry cough and shortness of breath.

Siri is by no means a replacement for a medical professional, but its answers have been provided by the US Public Health Service, and Siri can direct you to the Centers for Disease Control website or even prompt you to ring the emergency services.

Apr 01, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed March 2020: Coffee Anyone?

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Mar 30, 2020
How to Make Your Device Listen for “Hey Siri” When It's Laid Face Down or the Face Is Covered

Would you like to have Siri respond to you when your device is covered or face down? Then you are in luck as Thomas Domville shows us how to make Hey Siri listen with the Facedown Detection or covered in iOS.

Mar 28, 2020
Type With Ease and Speed With the Tap Strap 2, a Single Handed All-in-One Wearable Keyboard, Mouse and Air Gesture Controller

In this podcast, The Evil Chocolate Cookie gives us a demonstration of the Tap Strap 2, a single handed all-in-one wearable keyboard, mouse & air gesture controller.

Tap is a wearable keyboard and mouse that enables you to type, mouse and control any Bluetooth enabled device, using any surface and in any position. Tap has accelerometers built into each finger ring, which register which fingers you are tapping and sending the associated letter, number, symbol, or macro to a paired Bluetooth device.

Tap is the only ergonomic solution that allows you to type in any position that is comfortable to your specific body without being bound to a desk. Tap’s design takes stress off your median nerve, allowing for hours of typing without strain. Tap also allows you to write without hunching forward, which causes posture problems as well as neck, shoulder and back pain.

Learning to Tap takes about 2 Hours – which is approximately 10 times faster than it takes to learn to QWERTY touch-typing. You learn to Tap using finger combinations, not key locations, making it usable in a variety of situations where you could not use a QWERTY. The fastest way to learn is by playing our free TapGenius Learning Game, which takes you through the Tap Alphabet using a series of fast, engaging challenges.

Mar 27, 2020
Type with Ease and Speed with the tap wearable keyboard and mouse

In this podcast, The Evil Chocolate Cookie explain the tap wearable keyboard and mouse from tapwithus.com

Tap is a wearable keyboard and mouse that enables you to type, mouse and control any Bluetooth enabled device, using any surface and in any position. Tap has accelerometers built into each finger ring, which register which fingers you are tapping and sending the associated letter, number, symbol, or macro to a paired Bluetooth device.

Tap is the only ergonomic solution that allows you to type in any position that is comfortable to your specific body without being bound to a desk. Tap’s design takes stress off your median nerve, allowing for hours of typing without strain. Tap also allows you to write without hunching forward, which causes posture problems as well as neck, shoulder and back pain.

Learning to Tap takes about 2 Hours – which is approximately 10 times faster than it takes to learn to QWERTY touch-typing. You learn to Tap using finger combinations, not key locations, making it usable in a variety of situations where you could not use a QWERTY. The fastest way to learn is by playing our free TapGenius Learning Game, which takes you through the Tap Alphabet using a series of fast, engaging challenges.

Mar 27, 2020
How to Add Nicknames to Contacts on iOS

In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to add nicknames to Contacts on iOS.

Mar 26, 2020
How to name a group conversation in Messages for iOS

In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to name a group conversation in Messages for iOS.

Mar 23, 2020
Get Wired In the News with NetNewsWire: RSS Reader for iOS

Crank up a notch on your news reading and take control of what news sources that you want to satisfy your news craving.

In this podcast Thomas Domville gives us a walkthrough ‎of NetNewsWire: RSS Reader for iOS, a free and open source RSS reader. It’s fast, stable, and accessible. NetNewsWire shows you articles from your favorite blogs and news sites — and keeps track of what you’ve read.

Mar 21, 2020
Quick Tip: What to do if an app on your Mac becomes unresponsive

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen demonstrates what to do if an app on your Mac becomes unresponsive.

Mar 18, 2020
Prepare to Embark on an Adventure with Blind Quest for iOS

In this podcast Thomas Domville gives us a small demonstration of Blind Quest for iOS. Blind Quest is a fantasy role-playing game where you will guide Nathan the mercenary in an epic adventure across the lands of Aetherna. The Enchanted Castle of King Alen is invaded by ghosts. His daughter, Helen, is in search of a hero who can defeat this supernatural menace and only Nathan, a solitary mercenary, dares to help her.

Mar 15, 2020
How to Use the Lyrics Feature in Apple Music on iOS

Have you always wanted to be able to sing along with your favorite tunes? Not sure what the lyric is for a song? Dive in with Thomas Domville as he shows you how to use the lyrics feature in Apple Music on iOS. Become the next Karaoke star!

Mar 13, 2020
How to Mark Email as Junk in Apple Mail on iOS

Are you getting tired of seeing spam mail in your email inbox? In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to mark email as junk in Apple Mail on iOS.

Mar 08, 2020
How to Setup your Emergency contacts and ID on your iPhone in iOS

Did you know that your iPhone hhas a Medical ID feature that first responders can access and use to help treat you? Your ID can include any medical conditions you may have, medication allergies and emergency contacts. So, join in as Thomas Domville shows you how to setup your emergency contacts and ID on your iPhone in iOS. Do it now and be prepared! Better safe than sorry.

Mar 01, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed February 2020: The Goongle

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Feb 27, 2020
Get Smart and Get the News That Matters to You with SmartNews for iOS

In this podcast Thomas Domville gives us a walkthrough of the SmartNews: Local Breaking News app for the iOS. SmartNews is the award-winning news app downloaded by 40+ million readers in 100+ countries! SmartNews analyzes millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories influencing the world right now. News from All Sides! SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

‎SmartNews: Local Breaking News on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smartnews-trending-news-stories/id579581125

Feb 26, 2020
How to Add a Phone Number from Phone or Messages to a Contact in iOS

If you receive or initiate a phone call or text message, from a number that isn't in your iPhone Contacts, you may want to add that information to an existing contact or create a new contact.

Feb 20, 2020
How to Disable Airdrop on your iPhone in iOS

Are you getting strange Airdrop request from people you don't know? Don't use Airdrop? Follow along with Thomas Domville as he discusses how to disable Airdrop on your iPhone in iOS. Make sure that your Airdrop is configured to your liking.

Feb 18, 2020
How to stop Apple notifications for announcements, special offers, Music, TV and more in iOS

Are you receiving too many announcements from Apple? Have no fret as Thomas Domville shows us how to stop Apple notifications for announcements, special offers, music, TV and more. So, take in charge of your subscriptions as you can disable these types of notifications or pick and choose which you want to keep receiving.

Feb 12, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed January 2020: It's Midnight Greener
Jan 31, 2020
How to Track and Save Cell Data on your iPhone in iOS

Does your iPhone keep running out of cellular data before your month service is up? Do you feel like your cap is too restrictive , but can't afford to upgrade to a more expensive iPhone contract?

If you're tired of running out of data every month , follow as Thomas Domville shows us a few tips to track and save cell data onto your iPhone so that you never hit your limit again.

Jan 29, 2020
Tune In Live with LiveATC Air Radio for iOS

In this podcast, Gabriel Oria gives us a walkthrough of the LiveATC Air Radio iOS app.

LiveATC Air Radio provides a quick and easy way to listen in on live conversations between pilots and air traffic controllers near many airports around the world. LiveATC Air Radio lets you easily browse by U.S. state, Canadian province, or by country to find an airport of interest. Once you find an interesting channel you just add it to your Favorites list for quick and easy access! You can also use the Nearby function to find airports near you.

LiveATC Air Radio on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/liveatc-air-radio/id317809458

IF you like to contact Gabriel Oria for questions you can email him here
gabrieljoseph.oria@gmail.com

Jan 27, 2020
How to use Apple Podcast with your Alexa Devices

Did you know that you can use Apple Podcast on your Alexa devices ? In this podcast Thomas Domville show us how to use Apple Podcast with your Alexa devices .

Jan 09, 2020
AppleVis Unleashed December 2019: Where are my Flying Cars?
Dec 21, 2019
Take back control of your personal data with Jumbo: Privacy + Security for iOS

IN this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to increase the security of your Google, Facebook, and other internet and social media accounts with Jumbo: Privacy + Security for iOS.

‎Jumbo: Privacy + Security on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/no/app/jumbo-privacy/id1454039975

Dec 12, 2019
How to Use Private Browsing in iOS

In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to find out how to Use private browsing to maintain your privacy on the web.

Dec 05, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed November 2019: Sorry, No TiVo Here
Nov 30, 2019
Tune In to Scanner Radio for iOS for LIVE Incidents and Others as They Happen

Dive in with Thomas Domville as he listens to the LIVE actions as they happen with Scanner Radio for iOS. A free app that you don't want to miss out that brings a wide range of scanner feeds to follow and listen such as Police, Fire, EMS, Railways, Aviation, Marine and others that may interest you.

Scanner Radio: Police & Fire on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scanner-radio-deluxe/id498405045

Nov 23, 2019
Put your Mickey Ears on for Disney+ for iOS

Join Thomas Domville also known as AnonyMouse as he brings some Disney magic in demonstrating the Disney+ for iOS. Only Disney+ gives you endless access to your favorite movies and TV series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. From The Lion King, to all-new Originals like The Mandalorian, there's something exciting for everyone. You'll also get access to new movies, complete

‎Disney+ on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/disney/id1446075923

Nov 16, 2019
How to use LIVE Radio with Siri on iOS

Did you know that you can use Siri with in iOS to invoke various internet radio stations? Tune in to this podcast as Thomas Domville show us how to use LIVE Radio with Siri on iOS.

Nov 08, 2019
How to Set Chimes on your Apple Watch in Watch OS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to set the chimes on your Apple Watch in Watch OS.

Nov 05, 2019
Quick Tip: How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing

Earlier this year Apple came under some criticism after a report by the Guardian on how Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate the responses with the purpose of improving accuracy and reliability.

In response, Apple promised that it would introduce options in a forthcoming update that would allow users to opt out of sharing their audio recordings.

Those options arrived with the releases of iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, and macOS 10.15.1.

In this podcast, Tyler walks us through how to access and change these new options.

Nov 02, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed October 2019: Bring on the Grill Cheese Pro and the Apple Skin Tags
Oct 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed September 2019: The Swiss Cheese Brains and the Unlucky 13
Sep 27, 2019
AppleVis Extra 69: The iOS and iPadOS 13 Roundtable

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason, Scott Davert, and Thomas Domville sit down to discuss some of their favourite new features of iOS and iPadOS 13; along with some of the issues that these releases have introduced for blind and low vision users.

Links:
What's New In iOS 13 Accessibility For Individuals Who Are Blind or Deaf-Blind
Apple to Release iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 on 24 September; Bringing Many Bug Fixes and Some New Bugs for Blind and Low Vision Users
The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 13 for Blind and Low Vision Users

Sep 24, 2019
How to Multitask in iPad OS

In this podcast, Dave Nason shows us how to multitask in iPad OS 13.

Sep 24, 2019
What's New to the iPad in iPadOS 13

In this podcast, Dave Nason explores and discusses some of what's new for iPad users in iPadOS.

Sep 21, 2019
How to Send Robocalls, Spammers, and Unknown Callers Directly to Voicemail on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to “silence unknown callers”, a new feature in iOS 13 that helps you block unwanted calls without having to block callers one by one.

With this feature enabled, unknown callers will automatically be sent to voicemail, meaning that robocalls, spam calls, and other unwanted distractions will no longer be able to bother you.

Sep 19, 2019
How to use Voice Control on iOS: The Basics

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Voice Control, a brand-new accessibility feature in iOS 13 that lets you control every single aspect of your iOS device using only your voice.

Sep 18, 2019
How to use the iOS QuickPath Swipe Keyboard with VoiceOver

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use QuickPath, a native swipe keyboard new in iOS 13 that allows you to type by sliding your finger across the onscreen keyboard.

Sep 18, 2019
How to Create and Use VoiceOver Activity Profiles on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and explores how in iOS 13 users have the capability to create custom VoiceOver configurations for different tasks. For example, having a Different VoiceOver voice, speaking rate, and verbosity level for when using a specific app.

Sep 17, 2019
How to Customize VoiceOver Haptic Feedback on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and explores how in iOS 13 users have the capability to customize the haptic feedback given when performing VoiceOver gestures.

Sep 17, 2019
How to Manually Update Apps on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and explores some of the changes made to the App Store in iOS 13, in particular the new location to manually update apps.

Sep 16, 2019
How to Customize VoiceOver Gestures on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and explores how in iOS 13 users have the capability to customize VoiceOver gestures.

Sep 16, 2019
How to Check Battery Health and Optimize Battery Charging in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville explores the battery health features of iOS 13, in particular the new “Optimized Battery Charging” feature which is designed to extend the total battery life of your iOS device.

Sep 15, 2019
What's New in iOS 13: Part 2, General Features

In the second of two podcast exploring some of what's new in iOS 13, Thomas Domville showcases some of what's new and changed. This includes:

  • App Store changes; including a new location to manually update apps
  • Checking battery health and optimizing battery charging
  • Low Data Mode
  • New relationships and emoji for contacts
  • Control Center changes
  • Dark Mode
  • Changes to Bedtime Mode
  • Changes to Files app
  • Find My replaces Find Friends and Find My iPhone
  • Changes to Personal Hotspot
  • Granting location permissions to apps
  • Changes to Mail app
  • Sharing your profile with iMessage recipients
  • Subfolders on the Home screen
  • Play radio stations with Siri
  • Changes to Safari
  • Changes to Screen Time
  • Silence unknown callers
  • Several small changes
Sep 15, 2019
What's New in iOS 13: Part 1, Changes for VoiceOver Users

In the first of two podcast exploring some of what's new in iOS 13, Thomas Domville showcases some of what's new and changed for VoiceOver users. This includes:

  • Customizing VoiceOver's haptic feedback
  • More responsive VoiceOver when exploring by touch
  • Using Voice Control with VoiceOver
  • Customizing VoiceOver gestures
  • Customizing VoiceOver keyboard shortcuts
  • VoiceOver Activities; set custom VoiceOver configurations for specific tasks
  • New VoiceOver rotor item: Context Menu
  • QuickPath; slide to type
  • Scrollbars for faster navigation
  • Spoken and haptic guidance when taking photos
  • Enhanced Siri US female voice
Sep 14, 2019
AppleVis Extra 68: Recapping Apple's September 10, 2019 "By Innovation Only" Event

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason, Alex Hall, Tyler Stephen, and Robin Christopherson discuss Apple's "By Innovation Only" event held on September 10, 2019.

Sep 11, 2019
Monitor and Manage your Diabetes via your iPhone and Apple Watch with the Dexcom G6 CGM System

In this podcast, Hugo introduces us to the Dexcom G6 CGM System and its companion iOS app.

Hugo walks us through putting on the sensor and Bluetooth transmitter using the provided applicator; activating and calibrating the sensor; removing the sensor, and using the companion iOS app.

The Dexcom G6 System provides personalized trend alerts right on your smart device and lets you see when your glucose levels are going too low, or too high, so you can better manage your diabetes. The Alert Schedule feature lets you schedule and customize a second set of alerts. For example, you can set the schedule to match your work hours and have different alert settings during the rest of the day. Custom alert sounds are available, including a Vibrate-Only option on the phone for glucose alerts other than the Urgent Low Alarm.

The Always Sound setting allows you to receive certain Dexcom CGM Alerts even if your phone sound is off, set to vibrate, or in Do Not Disturb mode. This will allow you to silence calls or texts but still receive audible CGM Alerts, including Low and High Glucose alert, Urgent Low Soon Alert, Urgent Low Alarm, and Rise and Fall Rate alerts. Please note that when your phone is set to Silent or Do Not Disturb, you will not receive any audible alerts for Signal Loss. Always Sound is on by default. A Home screen icon shows you if your Alerts will sound or not. For safety, three alerts cannot be silenced: Urgent Low Alarm, Transmitter Failure, and Sensor Failure.

In addition to the accurate performance provided by the Dexcom Sensor, you’ll receive other valuable features:

  • Share your glucose data with up to ten followers in real time. Followers can monitor your glucose data and trends in real time on their compatible smart device with the Dexcom Follow app. Share and Follow functions require an internet connection.
  • Health app access so you can share retrospective glucose data with third party apps
  • Today View widget, which allows you to view your glucose data on the lock screen of your smart device
  • Add a shortcut to Siri to run by asking Siri to read your current glucose value, using a custom phrase.
  • A Dexcom CLARITY link on the landscape trend graph lets you easily transition to the CLARITY App to view more information on your glucose trends

View your glucose information, trend graph, and alerts and alarms right from your wrist with the Dexcom G6 Apple Watch app.

  • Use the digital crown to scroll through 1, 3, or 6 hours of glucose trend data
  • Dexcom G6 watch face complications allow you to view your glucose number and arrow from your watch face
  • Add the Dexcom G6 app to the Dock and enable background refresh for best performance
Aug 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed August 2019: iOS 13? Cluster Nuts
Aug 29, 2019
Prepare to Enter the Crazy World of Circus Master’s Revenge; an iOS Game

Get ready to dive in the crazy world of Circus Master’s Revenge for iOS. tunmi13
takes us through the game basics and review of what you can expect when and if you dare to take the plunge.

This is an epic non-graphic binaural battle of circus freaks, which you will never forget & which will need you to have tremendous courage in order to defend yourself. Beware, the circus master is definitely not very friendly. Like most antagonists, he tries to hurt your feelings as often as possible to throw you off your game. Hopefully, his insults will enforce you to focus on the enemy. Good luck to anyone who is up to the challenge. Hope, you enjoy it.

‎Circus Master's Revenge on the App Store
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/circus-masters-revenge/id1374289562

Aug 25, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed July 2019: The Smell of a Horse Barn
Jul 31, 2019
How to Make and Receive Phone Calls with your iPad

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to send and receive phone calls with your iPad.

Jul 27, 2019
How to Check Weather Information with Siri in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to check the various weather information with Siri in iOS.

The various Siri commands used in this podcast:

get current weather
"What's the weather going to be like today?"

Get a weekly weather
"What is the forecast for the next week?"
"What is the forecast for this weekend?"

Get the Current Temperature
"What is the current temperature?"
"What is the Perceived Temperature"

Get the Current Conditions
"What is the Current Weather Condition?"
"Do I need an umbrella?"

check sunset and sunrise
"What time is sunrise tomorrow?"
"What time is sunset tonight?"

Get the Humidity Index
"What is the humidity Index?"

Get the Wind Speed
"What is the current wind Speed?"

Get the Atmospheric Pressure
"What is the atmospheric pressure?"

Get the Dew Point
"What is the dew point?"

Jul 11, 2019
How to Check Weather Information with Siri in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to check the various weather information with Siri in iOS.

The various Siri commands used in this podcast:

get current weather
"What's the weather going to be like today?"

Get a weekly weather
"What is the forecast for the next week?"
"What is the forecast for this weekend?"

Get the Current Temperature
"What is the current temperature?"
"What is the Perceived Temperature"

Get the Current Conditions
"What is the Current Weather Condition?"
"Do I need an umbrella?"

check sunset and sunrise
"What time is sunrise tomorrow?"
"What time is sunset tonight?"

Get the Humidity Index
"What is the humidity Index?"

Get the Wind Speed
"What is the current wind Speed?"

Get the Atmospheric Pressure
"What is the atmospheric pressure?"

Get the Dew Point
"What is the dew point?"

Jul 11, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed June 2019: Just Lost My Mind
Jun 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed June 2019: Just Lost My Mind
Jun 30, 2019
Take Command in Using Your Voice: OCR Document Reader for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville revisit the Voice: OCR Document Reader for iOS. Take a picture of anything that has words on it, and Voice will read it to you! Updated with top notch technology, Voice will let you listen to all your books/words/documents/magazines in a matter of seconds.

‎Voice: OCR Document Reader on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-take-picture-have-it/id903772588?ign...

Jun 22, 2019
Take Command in Using Your Voice: OCR Document Reader for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville revisit the Voice: OCR Document Reader for iOS. Take a picture of anything that has words on it, and Voice will read it to you! Updated with top notch technology, Voice will let you listen to all your books/words/documents/magazines in a matter of seconds.

‎Voice: OCR Document Reader on the App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-take-picture-have-it/id903772588?ign...

Jun 22, 2019
Play and Record Your Favourite Tunes with The Piano on iOS

In this podcast, Tunmi is back to show us The Piano on iOS, an app which allows you to play and record piano on the touch screen of your device. Get The Piano here on the App Store

Jun 09, 2019
Play and Record Your Favourite Tunes with The Piano on iOS

In this podcast, Tunmi is back to show us The Piano on iOS, an app which allows you to play and record piano on the touch screen of your device. Get The Piano here on the App Store

Jun 09, 2019
AppleVis Extra 67: a Conversation with Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson of Apple's Accessibility Team

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple; and Dean Hudson, Accessibility Evangelist at Apple. Topics covered in this podcast include an in-depth look at new accessibility features coming later this year in Apple software for blind and low vision users, as well as a broader look at Apple's approach to making their products accessible to as many people as possible.

Full transcript of podcast

Please note, This transcript was created solely for communication access. It is not a certified legal transcript and is not entirely verbatim.

[music]

Announcer: This is the AppleVis Extra.

Dave Nason: Hello, and welcome to AppleVis Extra. This is episode number 67 coming hot on the heels of episode number 66 which was our round-table about WWDC keynote on Monday.

Today, myself, Dave Nason, and my colleague, Thomas Domville, also known as Anonymouse, are delighted to be joined by two people from Apple live from WWDC conference this week. We have the head of accessibility at Apple, Sarah Herrlinger, and we have one of the accessibility technicians called Dean Hudson.

Thomas, thanks for joining me. We're delighted to be getting the chance to interview these guys today.

Thomas Domville: Definitely! I am so excited to meet with these two. I know that we are going to learn a great deal of things today, and I hope our listeners will, too. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Dave Nason: Yeah, it was a big keynote, wasn't it? We talked about a lot on Monday. People can listen to that podcast for the full details of what we talked about in our immediate kind of aftermath, but there was a lot there.

Thomas Domville: Definitely! A lot to soak up, and even today I'm still soaking things up, and hearing things that we didn't really pick up on on the WWDC day itself.

As we're starting to get our hands on these betas, more and more things are starting to pop up. This makes this even more exciting of a podcast to listen to.

Dave Nason: I think we all know that iOS 12 was a performance update. I think whether you had accessibility needs or not, it wasn't a feature-rich release last year. This year, I think there's a bit more there in the accessibility world as well, and in general when it comes to features. I think we're going to have plenty of questions.

Thomas Domville: Definitely! I think that what I came away with from Monday was a lot of people were saying "Is that all?" "Is that it?" I was like oh, my gosh, are you kidding me? There was a lot there. I think for every 1 thing they mentioned, there were probably 20 things they didn't mention. There is so much under-the-hood. Like you said, this is a vast difference, a stark difference, between last year's iOS 12 to this year iOS 13.

That is the same for those with accessibility. There are quite a few small changes, and new things that we can expect which I'm very excited to talk about.

Dave Nason: Indeed!

Let's welcome our two guests! We have, all the way from California in the middle of WWDC week ………………they've taken the time out to talk to us. We have Sarah Herrlinger, and Dean Hudson.

Do you guys want to tell us a little about yourselves? Dean, do you want to go first, and tell us who you are, and what you do?

Dean Hudson: Yeah, sure. Thanks for having us. This is a real honor.

I am Dean Hudson. I started here at Apple probably 2006 where things were starting to roll. I've been here in the accessibility engineering team when there were three of us. It has now expanded greatly, but it's been a real fun ride all the way through advent of iOS making that accessible up through Apple TV, Watch, and HomePod. It's been a really fun ride.

I now, the last few years, have worked for Sarah, as the Accessibility Evangelist at Apple. Really really fun times.

Sarah Herrlinger: I'm Sarah Herrlinger, and I lead our efforts in the Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives team. I get to work with Dean which is always a lot of fun.

Our team really focuses on accessibility as a core corporate value for Apple. We look holistically at all the ways that we can infuse accessibility into the Apple ecosystem. Whether that be through products, or services, or stores, or anything that we do, just making sure that every employee at Apple understands what accessibility means to us as a company, and that all of our users know about all of the amazing things that we are working to do, so that they take advantage of those, and get more out of their devices.

Dave Nason: Cool! I guess your job is making sure that accessibility is there on the ground floor of every project. Is that kind of an idea?

Sarah Herrlinger: Yep. Absolutely! Through both Dean and I, we look at all those different areas. We get, early and often, into all of the different projects here to make sure that everybody thinks about accessibility in what they do.

Thomas Domville: What an exciting job to have! That is like a dream! It's amazing to hear you guys have been there for so long especially Dean since 2006 when he was part of a team of three. That just totally blows my mind where we are today in terms of what we have gone so far with both of you. That's--

Dave Nason: When you think--

Thomas Domville: --amazing.

Dave Nason: --to join one year before the iPhone launched. Everything that's happened since.

Dean Hudson: Yeah.

Well, I should say I am a VoiceOver user, totally blind. It was just very fun.

The thing that you have to keep in mind, and it really takes a lot of character, but you have to be patient. People want things to happen tomorrow, and it just doesn't work that way. In the end, we took some time to develop and get things right, and it has paid off.

We kind of lead the industry now in accessibility, and it's because we start at a ground level as Sarah was saying. Before even any lines of code are written, we get in there with the teams, and get people to think about accessibility early.

Dave Nason: That's cool!

That's such an advantage for you in a sense in what you do because you're both an expert in being a blind customer, and you're an expert in Apple, and what's going on on the inside of the company, I guess.

Sarah Herrlinger: That's exactly why I stole him away from the engineering team, and brought him over to become our tech evangelist because he is so good at being able to go to every team in the company, and really express to them the importance of the work that we do, and get them to really think about not just the blind community, but every community that we support.

[laughter]

Thomas Domville: Educate. That's the key word is to educate everyone, and explain how to dive in, and do it the right way.

Dave Nason: I've seen in my own work the difference the passion can make. You know what I mean? It's not just dryly telling them this is the features, but when they can actually see a human being using those features, and the difference. I'd say I think that goes a long way when you're speaking to an executive or a project manager or whatever.

Dean Hudson- Yeah. Yeah. No, there were a few times when I would just bring my device to an engineer on the audio team, for example, and say this is wrong, this doesn't work. Can you guys do something about this? They're like oh, my gosh, you've been using this? We should fix this.

[laughter]

Thomas Domville: That's awesome!

Sarah Herrlinger: A lot of years of great work being done.

Dave Nason: Fantastic!

Of course, we're in the middle of a very busy time of year for you guys. We had the keynote on Monday. I would say one of the highlights of the show was the announcement of Voice Control, and that demo that we saw. Do you want to kind of tell us a little about? We saw highlights. There's probably plenty to talk about around Voice Control.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, we're really excited about Voice Control.

One of the things that has been important to us as an accessibility team is to continually look at new user groups that might not otherwise be able to use our technology. How do we keep pushing forward, and making sure that everyone who wants to use an Apple product has the opportunity to do so, and has the tools available to make that simple and easy and fun?

Voice Control is a feature that was built with individuals with extreme physical-motor limitations in mind. It is individuals who wouldn't be able to use their devices unless they were able to use their voice.

What Voice Control does is give them full access to their devices. It is built into both Mac OS and iOS platforms, so for any iOS device or Mac, being able to really control and use your device with just your voice. That would be all elements of navigation, opening apps, opening menus, moving around on the different devices, as well as things like dictation, text editing, and doing those things in a seamless fashion, so moving from one to the next, saying open Pages, dictating text, then saying open Photos, and doing something in your Photos app. Things like that all sort of moving through seamlessly, and not having to kind of move from one to the other in a more stunted way. We wanted it to be something that was really useful and efficient for those users who rely upon their voice.

Dave Nason: I sort of speculated on Monday that maybe it was built on the same framework--if that's the right terminology--as VoiceOver and Switch Control, so that if you designed for one you design for the other. Is that the case, or is it a whole different...

Sarah Herrlinger: It does take advantage of the accessibility API that's built into our software developer kit.

One of the messages that we really try to express out to developers this week is how important it is to use that accessibility API, and how when you do it, you get so much from it. With all three of those utilizing that, if you are someone who... It's sort of the well, if you're concerned about one group, hey, you're going to get the other ones for free. We definitely want everyone to use this, and to really be good digital citizens when it comes to accessibility because this is the foundation for so much of what we do.

Thomas Domville: That's so intriguing because it makes me think in my mind.

I'm trying to grasp how that framework work, as in so the elements you see on the given page, is that the same as the VoiceOver? Are you able to go into more specifics like go right four?

Sarah Herrlinger: Well, so, to give an example. When you think about how important it is in VoiceOver to label elements on the screen, to label images and buttons and things like that, one of the things that then both Switch Control and Voice Control does is it hooks onto those individual elements as well. For example, with Voice Control, one of the features to it is being able to say Show Numbers. Then any of those elements, anything that would be tappable or clickable--depending on whether it's an iOS or Mac device--becomes something that shows up on the screen, so that you could, for example, in the Photos app, say Show Numbers, and then say tap 14, and it is that specific photo that you're trying to get to which really improves the efficiency for someone using voice. Underneath it's also using that same framework to it.

Dean Hudson: I think even Eric gave an example in the keynote the other day--or not the keynote, sorry, the state of the union--where he tried to click on an element, and it didn't work. He said "see, it didn't work because it doesn't have an accessibility label." It definitely hinges upon the accessibility underneath the API.

Dave Nason: That's cool. I was actually thi--

[crosstalk]

Dave Nason: Sorry!

Sarah Herrlinger: It's all the same foundational API, but we also allow even more specific APIs, so developers who want to create even better experiences for Voice Control and such, or for a Voice Control-only experience, they can do that, too. The API is the common base, but it allows very detailed customization to make really great experiences for each one of these types of assistive technology as well.

Thomas Domville: Wow! That is amazing!

It really does going to kind of bring, in a roundabout way, you're also bringing up VoiceOver accessibility issues up. Like you just mentioned, elements or buttons that are not labeled correctly, and that has definitely to bring up to forefront with the developers if they want to take advantage of this--

Dave Nason: Exactly.

Thomas Domville: --control. What if you had, I know a lot of these elements sometimes just like to have just pictures. How do they know what to say for that particular picture?

Sarah Herrlinger: Well, actually, we have a new feature that we've added in this year that I think will be very helpful in that area. I'm gonna let Dean grab this one 'cause he's--

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: We're trying to wait 'til we get to the features, but you guys have pulled it out of us.

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: One of the features--and I'm going to get loud because talking about features I get excited--that we're introducing for iOS is to auto label buttons. If a developer puts this hamburger menu or just puts a picture on the button, we will, through machine learning-- you probably heard a little bit about that during the keynote--determine what that button might be labeled. Having tested it, it works pretty good. I've used some crazy applications, and it does a pretty good job. That's sort of how if someone does give a picture, we sort of auto label it, and that's how it would get picked up.

Thomas Domville: That's interesting because you have somewhat of a feature like that now when sometimes it will predict what it thinks it is. That works--

Dean Hudson: In text.

Thomas Domville: This is more enhanced.

Dean Hudson: This is more, yeah, in images.

Thomas Domville: Oh, wow!

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah.

Dave Nason: Now, it's reading text, isn't it, that's visually on a button?

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah.

I think one of the things that we always try and do is build on from what we've done, but never stop working on any of these features. We have had this available for text. Now, we are using machine learning as it continues to grow and grow, and use that to be able to, as Dean said, try and figure out what that is an image of, and give you that information. It might say button, possibly Home, or whatever it might be, so that as best we can, we are trying to add that additional information for you, so that you have more context. As always, we try and work with every developer, and tell them the more important thing is that you do actually go through and label all of these, and that's why we have tools like the Accessibility Inspector in Xcode with its auditing capabilities that give you information along the way as an app designer to know what you can do to be a better accessibility citizen. on top of that, we know that when people don't, we want to try and make sure that we are improving that situation, and really using tools like machine learning to make that better for the community.

Dave Nason: Cool! I kind of have this idea that maybe even people who don't have any motor issues, but maybe they just have their phone on a charging stand at their desk, and rather than picking the phone up, they just look over at their phone and use voice control. Have you found yourself doing that, Sarah, at all?

Sarah Herrlinger: Just start using voice control as its own even as someone who is not in the community? Yeah, I think voice control has it does have applicability that can go beyond the specific audience for which we kind of looked as at the sweet spot. I think one of the things that we will find as time goes by is the number of people who use this in many other circumstances. I've certainly had members of the media and such thus far say things like "This will be great for me as I'm driving in my car", or all different kinds of possible use cases. We look forward to seeing how people use them. It's been interesting even for us to see how people who are not members of the blind community turn on VoiceOver for things here and there. We know that a lot of these types of assistive technologies can be used for other use cases, but first and foremost, we want to make sure we're making the best tools for the communities that rely on them.

Dave Nason: Yeah. Absolutely! I was just thinking, I suppose, in the context that it can really help to drive use of the accessibility API if a larger group of people in the media are talking about it.

Dean Hudson: Uh-huh.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah.

Dave Nason: Dean, you alluded to other accessibility features, or other new features. Is there anything else that you want to--

Dean Hudson: Yeah. I'd first like to say WWDC was remarkable this year. We unleashed a ton of features that we're really excited about.

Another piece of that is being at WWDC, we just saw developers one after another very excited about making their apps accessible. I just wanted to put that out there. We did a couple of events--just sort of mingle events--where we had tables set up, so people could see some accessibility features. It was just packed, and you could just feel the excitement when engineers came up and asked making my app accessible. What do I do? You have these long conversations. Well, you could do this, and try this. It was just very very cool.

I'll start with VoiceOver because that's what I use on the Mac. One of the things that we were very excited to bring to the Mac this year is LibLouis. That gives us more than 80 languages for braille, and that's really really cool. As you guys know, LibLouis's open source, and so it's continually growing, so we're continuing to get more languages.

Also, we've had a lot of requests for VoiceOver and braille to bring sort of a single-word mode. For iOS users, you'll know this. When you use your braille display, you've probably got maybe an 18 or 12-cell braille display, iOS only shows 1 item at a time to sort of help you maximize that little space that you have. Well, on the desktop, we brought that option there as well, so that if you have an 80-cell braille display, you turn on this option, you will see one item at a time. You can go back-and-forth between either of those modes. That was really cool.

We've also improved braille input typing. We know that there are some people in the blindness world that use braille, but they are very very fast typists. We know those folks are out there. We've made it now, so that you can type as fast as you need to to get what you need done, and it'll just work great.

Thomas Domville: Bravo! Bravo!

Dean Hudson: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We definitely listened to all of you guys, and all of you. We've improved braille support on pages that support ARIA. There were some issues even in Mail that we addressed, so now when you paste text, we don't jump to the top of the email. We keep it right there. There were some issues with Messages. We fixed that, and in FaceTime. Some really really great braille improvements. We think you guys are really going to love it!

Dave Nason: That's cool! I know some braille users are going to be very happy to hear that!

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: Yeah, oh yeah.

Thomas Domville: Definitely!

Dean Hudson: Yeah.

Dave Nason: Has much of that made it to iOS as well, or was that Mac-specific?

[cross-talk]

Dean Hudson: That's all both iOS and Mac.

Dave Nason: Wow, that's cool.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, including LibLouis which is also on Apple TV, too, so all of our braille-supported platforms we've brought those LibLouis tables to expand what you are able to access. Even when you think about things like the fact that on apple TV you can get captions through your braille display, if those captions are provided in one of the LibLouis languages, great way to be able to get that information, too.

Dean Hudson: Some other things that we've done for VoiceOver on the desktop is custom punctuation.

This is very big if you are a coder. When you're reading email, that's fine, you can have different levels of punctuation. When you're reading code, it’s very important to customize your punctuation, so that you see the symbols that you need to see. That will be sort of like activities. It will be sort of built-in. You switch between Mail, you switch between Xcode, you'll get your right punctuation level.

Dave Nason: You can kind of say okay, I'm in Xcode, I need to hear the colons and the semicolons--

[cross-talk]

Dean Hudson: Yeah.

Dave Nason: --the brackets.

Dean Hudson: Right. In Mail, I don't necessarily need to hear that.

Sarah Herrlinger: Rather than just having that some, most, all, it gives you a lot more granularity in how you can do that customization. This is another one that is also on iOS.

One of the other cool things about it is that through CloudKit, you can sync those preferences from one platform to the other. That which you set up as a custom punctuation on Mac OS will automatically be available to you on iOS.

Thomas Domville: That's beautiful! Any improvement in Xcode especially code-reading capabilities, that's a big improvement.

Dave Nason: The cloud bit. I have to say that as someone who uses both Mac and iOS, the ability to even with things like keyboard shortcuts, you don't have to set them up again. The same with punctuation, just having it sync is--

Thomas Domville: Mmmhmm, mmmhmm.

Sarah Herrlinger: Absolutely! Thomas, I heard you mention Xcode. Dean, I know you have been really excited about Xcode as a coder yourself.

Dean Hudson: Yeah, Xcode is really huge. It's a big big application.

What we wanted to do is focus on where you spend most of your time, and that's in the editor. We've improved, for example, code completion. As you're typing in the name of a function or method, hit Tab, and it autocompletes. You can now access that.

Another point that we improved on is if you set--I'm going to get this wrong, I want to say landmarks, it's not landmarks--where you need to debug code, you set these markers. Those markers are now accessible.

We've also added some rotors now that will allow you to navigate between methods and between scope. If you've had nested if loops, you can now navigate between those. Makes it really easy for you to jump around in your code. Many many fixes around editing. We think that's going to make that experience a lot better.

Thomas Domville: That's beautiful.

Dave Nason: That's cool. We do get a lot of questions on applevis.com about Xcode. It pops up every now and then, as people looking for help with it.

Dean Hudson: We're continuing to work on that.

One of the projects that you guys have probably heard of is Everybody Can Code. We've done that with Swift with the iPad, but we know there's more there. Eventually, you going to get to some levels that you need to use Xcode. We really want to focus on that to make that a fantastic experience.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah.

To stick with VoiceOver, but to jump platforms and go to iOS real quick. Couple of things to bring to your attention, one of which is just that when you go into Settings, you're going to find Accessibility in a different place. That is that it's been upleveled in Settings, so rather than having to drill in from tap on Settings, then go to General, then go to Accessibility, it's now at that top level of Settings just below General in the flow, in the chronology there. That was really important to us because we wanted to make sure that it becomes that much more discoverable for people, and that they use these features more.

One of the other things we've done with it is we've also built accessibility into the sort of setup flow, what we call Buddy, as you get a new device. While for a VoiceOver user, you may already know that doing the triple-tap on the Side Button will turn VoiceOver on, for some of those other accessibility features that people may well have felt oh, I can't get to this until after I get through setup, we wanted to make sure that those were ready right up front, so that if you need to invert colors or increase your font or things like that, you can find those earlier in the process.

Dean Hudson: Another one is customizable gestures for iOS.

Dave Nason: You got my next question.

[unintelligible]

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: Think about things like Control Center, Home Screen, App Chooser--App Switcher, pardon me. You can now assign those to, say, two-finger quadruple tap.

Thomas Domville: Oh, that's nice. That's going to be a game changer!

Dean Hudson: Yeah, yeah, we think so.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, you can even assign Siri shortcuts to VoiceOver commands.

Dave Nason: Oh, fantastic!

[unintelligible]

Thomas Domville: Yeah, that's going to be amazing right there, customizable VoiceOver gestures. I love that!

Dean Hudson: Yeah. In fact, both platforms are now we have full keyboard access. If you have your iPad now, and you have it connected to a Bluetooth, even gestures--say the Rotate gesture or the two-finger double tap and hold--you can now assign those to a keyboard command. You can perform those actions on your keyboard.

[crosstalk]

Thomas Domville: Oh, wow!

Dave Nason: I read a bit about there being new keyboard shortcuts across the platforms. Could you tell us a little bit more about what's been kind of added there?

Sarah Herrlinger: iPad OS has more commands in apps. I think that's connected to the full keyboard access that's now available.

Thomas Domville: Okay. I really love the new Siri voices, by the way!

[unintelligible]

Thomas Domville: That was beautiful. I liked hearing that! I'm guessing we will be able to use that as a VoiceOver voice?

Sarah Herrlinger: Mmmhmm.

Dean Hudson: Yes.

Thomas Domville: Awesome! Have we gained any new voices like Eloquence or anything like that?

Sarah Herrlinger: No Eloquence voices, but that... The new Siri voices are also available on the Watch, so that's another one--

[Unintelligible]

Dave Nason: We heard the U.S. one. Are there international new Siri voices, or at the moment is this U.S.?

Sarah Herrlinger: My understanding at this stage is it is starting with U.S., and I think we'll have to see where they go from there.

Dean Hudson: Yeah.

Thomas Domville: Well, making accessibility down to the root of Settings, that is a big thing, as in terms of that Apple recognized that this should be up front to everyone that's sighted or not, they're going to come across this, and be curious, and jump into that. I'm really excited that you guys finally put that up in front and to the main section with the main components.

Dave Nason: That's been a step-by-step process, hasn't it? I remember when it moved from the bottom of the General up towards the top of General, and now it's into the--

[crosstalk]

[laughter]

Sarah Herrlinger: Our evangelism has worked!

[laughter]

[Unintelligible]

Thomas Domville: Good job, Dean, good job!

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: We haven't talked about some of the low-vision features.

Dave Nason: Yeah, I was going to ask that.

Dean Hudson: On the Mac... Do you want to talk about the Hover?

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, on Mac OS, we have a couple of great new features we've added.

The one that I'm most excited about as someone who is a glasses wearer and who does struggle with small text is a feature called Hover Text.

It's a new way to make it easy to view text on your Mac display. What you do is if you hover over any text with your cursor, and press down on the Command key, you get a dedicated window with a large high-resolution text field which gives you whatever is the text that's underneath that cursor. You can blow it up to 128-point, you can choose the font type that works best for you or that you prefer. You can also change the color of both the text and the background, and the cursor that surrounds the text showing up on the screen. Lots of customization available, so that whatever your vision needs are as a low-vision user, you can be able to sort of customize that to work best for you.

One of the other things that I love is... For a long time, we've had a feature, and that is Say Text Under the Pointer. When you turn that on, you not only get this giant text customized in the way you want it to look, but it will also speak that out as it's going over the element as well. Text that would be in a menu or in a dock that might be smaller than what you would want it to be, you now have the opportunity to be able to take any text, and just blow it up on the screen.

Dave Nason: That's actually huge because there's some people who are not quite at full screenreader level. They don't need that, but they need that little bit of help sometimes with a bit of speech, and I think that's huge.

Also, I have an application at work which doesn't support screen readers very well in terms of keyboard commands, so I can use it with the mouse by rubbing the mouse over certain sections, and it'll read what's under there.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah.

We have another feature called Zoom Display which is for multi-display users. If you're someone who uses two screens, Zoom Display will let you keep one screen zoomed in close while the other one remains at standard resolution. It could be great for everyday work when you are just on your own working on two monitors in an office, but also one of the other applications for it that we've seen thus far is in terms of doing a presentation. Maybe you want your audience to see the screen in that standard resolution, but you want to blow up something on your own device, so that you can zoom in on areas, and get more information as you are presenting out to the world. A really cool way to think about multi-display users, and how low-vision users might use them differently than someone else.

Also, we added in Color Filters in the same way that we have them on iOS. These are filters that support things like color blindness, and we have filters that are specifically built for different types of color blindness, but also being able to do just a straight colored tint over the screen. We've received feedback from individuals with Irlens Syndrome and other types of vision challenges where just being able to have the screen tinted to a specific color to do any kind of work on the device has been really helpful. We're excited that that has moved over to the Mac, too.

Dean Hudson: I know you guys had a question about--I'm going to get the name wrong--but a feature that allows a developer to develop their iPad app, but then move that over to the desktop.

Dave Nason: Project Catalyst.

Dean Hudson: Catalyst, yes. Thank you!

The question was will accessibility be intact, and happy to say that yes it will.

Thomas Domville: Oh, wow!

Dean Hudson: If the developer does accessibility work on iOS, that will transfer to Mac OS.

Dave Nason: That's going to open a huge opportunity for a whole range of apps.

Thomas Domville: We were both talking about that how when we saw that demonstration where you were able to click that little checkbox for Mac. We were wondering if that part of that system to analyze your code would be able to take that accessibility along with it, or improve on it, and point it out to them in certain areas. We had thought about that.

Dave Nason: Will that then, I suppose, automatically change from the hint text, for example, which might be double tap to select on the iPad app, and that's VO Spacebar to select on the Mac.

Dean Hudson: Yeah, some of those little things we have to work through, but for the most part, they look exactly the same. Some of the sounds we've brought over to the desktop.

Sarah Herrlinger: The nice thing for the developers, they can use that iOS accessibility API, and it just ports over to the Mac. The time and effort and energy that someone puts in on one pays forward over into the other.

Dave Nason: It's a really interesting project.

There was mention onstage Twitter is back suddenly. There was a lot of talk--

[unintelligible]

[laughter]

Thomas Domville: Yeah, definitely.

Can you say, Dean, if the developers have tools of any kind that can analyze their code, and let them know where they lack in the accessibility areas, and where to focus on to make improvements?

Dean Hudson: Yes. The Accessibility Inspector is where to go, and we've made, over the last few years, several improvements to it.

One is really cool is that you can audit an application. The developer can have their application up on their iPad, target that iPad, and change accessibility right there. If they see a button that's not labeled, they can label it there. They can touch on their iPad, and suddenly it has the label. We highly recommend, at the very least, that the developer runs that audit tool, so at least they know the areas they need to go and fix.

Dave Nason: have you ever considered--people will ask this on the site sometimes--have you ever considered requirements along those lines, as opposed to recommendations, or is that something that's possible? I know accessibility is such a broad thing, and every app is different, but we kind of wondered that.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah, that is one of the things that we... We look at this issue a lot. It's not something that goes unnoticed, but it is a very complex issue.

I think as we look at how many things fall under the term accessibility, and as well the levels of accessibility of something. Even if you look at just VoiceOver, what is the stamp that says seal of approval? We're constantly trying to look at new ways--including things like doing the machine learning automatic label detection--to try and make it easier, and to build these tools to be more comprehensive, and to be simpler and easier for developers, so that they have fewer reasons to not do it. We want everybody to just do it, and make it so that it's not even necessary to have a listing, but mostly we just want to try and do everything we can to make everything as accessible as possible.

One of the other things to note as well in terms of auditing, we also now have a new accessibility audit tool for web content in Safari. That's another area where we've tried to look beyond apps, and into web content as well.

Thomas Domville: Oh, that's nice. I appreciate you being up front because you're right, Sarah, the complexity.

I can't imagine defining the word what is accessible. For a blind person, that's one thing. For low-vision is one thing, those with dexterity or motor issues is another thing. It's not a clear-cut and dry scope that we could just stamp it, and say you guys got to do this. I can't imagine the complexity to have to be behind something. Obviously, we can't just say this is VoiceOver-accessible because then you're singling out all the others that have other accessibility issues.

Dave Nason: Even accessibility is connected to usability, and I might find an app very intuitive and you may not, or...

Dean Hudson: Yeah. I mean, I have plenty times where someone says "is this accessible", and say it's accessible for me, I can use it. Someone else may go I don't like that--

[unintelligible]

[laughter]

Dean Hudson: It's a really really gray area, but it's something that we're striving to make easier as Sarah said, and I think we're going to get there.

Thomas Domville: That's awesome.

Now, one of the things you guys were talking about in the keynote, and I had wondered, the new gesture to do a three-fingers pinch to copy and three-finger spread to paste. I thought oh, that's so brilliant. I suppose that can be used as a VoiceOver custom gesture?

Dean Hudson: We have accommodated that, yes.

Thomas Domville: Awesome!

Dean Hudson: We have some gestures that you can use to do that, perform those actions.

Sarah Herrlinger: yeah, I think as with everything. Our goal even for things that would be considered general mainstream elements of the OS, we always do try and be thoughtful in how a VoiceOver user could navigate that or use it, and also how someone using Switch Control could or how someone using Voice Control. I mean, we look at all of these different elements, and try and be as thoughtful about each as we can.

Dave Nason: That does bring us back actually to a related question that I guess I forgot to ask earlier was Voice Control and VoiceOver. Can they play together, or are they distinct in terms of features?

Sarah Herrlinger: I would say at this stage, much in the way that VoiceOver was initially built as a feature for the blind community, our goal with Voice Control was to be able to support those with extreme physical-motor limitations. We look at that first and foremost.

If you use headphones with Voice Control and you're a VoiceOver user, you may be able to get functionality out of it. When we do these, we often sort of look at let's build out one thing, make sure we've got it, and then we continue to iterate from there, and do more. In the same way, that initially the way that Zoom and VoiceOver work together that's improved over time, the way other things have happened, I think we want to come out of the gate with something that's really a great feature for the community that needs it most, and then figure out from there how we expand.

Dave Nason: Absolutely! It's got to be one of the most complex features you've built in a long time, I would imagine.

Thomas Domville: No doubt. I'm thinking, too, is that just yesterday somebody revealed how there's a new feature within Accessibility for those on iPad that can use their little mouse. They can actually use that as a cursor pointer.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah. We do now have mouse support for iOS. It is a part of Assistive Touch.

Just to give that little bit of background on Assistive Touch. Assistive Touch is another one of our features that we created specifically for individuals with physical-motor limitations which allows them to be able to use the device when they may have very limited dexterity, but some. For example, if you can only use one finger, and one finger alone, to work device then when you start thinking about things like how do you do a four-finger swipe, or a pinch, this is something was built in to support those users. A logical extension of that is someone who may need--they aren't using their finger itself on the screen, or on their devices, even on computers--but they use something like a joystick or an assistive mouse that allows them to be able to use the device, and navigate in an alternative fashion. Adding in mouse support on iOS is really, first and foremost, meant to make sure that another community that might not otherwise be able to use a product has that opportunity to do so. We're getting feedback that other people are appreciating it as well, and that's fantastic. We really initially look at how we make sure that we continue to widen the users who are able to use our products in their own individual unique ways.

Thomas Domville: oh, no doubt. I do have clients that will use that mouse, and they will hover over something, and it will speak back to them what they're hovering it over, so little things like that that I've seen in the desktop realms is... We always try to wish for things on iOS and iPad iOS and things like that, so any new features like that is very welcome to all line of disabilities.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah. I think one of the key things with this is what we wanted to do was figure out how to use a pointing device like you would use your finger. Not so much reimagine how an iPad and a mouse would work, but really focus on how you can get that sort of touch functionality, but using a mouse.

Thomas Domville: Now, that we're getting to kind of wrapping things up, I am curious if you guys have any other comments or further features that you would like to reveal to our listeners that may have not been discussed at the keynote, or into the mainstream in terms of iOS, iPad, or the Mac?

Dean Hudson: Well, one we haven't talked about that was not in the keynote, but was in another presentation, is the Apple Card. I know that there's been some concerns about how that would work for people who are blind. I've been using it here, testing it, and it's fantastic.

One of the things that I've experienced with credit cards is you get this bill, paper bill, and I have no idea what that thing says. I can scan it, and even then it doesn't tell me where I'm spending my money. Now, having that all accessible on iOS is amazing. Just thought I'd put that out there.

Sarah Herrlinger: Yeah. I would say just sort of in the bigger picture around things, we didn't even get to all of the things even just for the blind and low-vis communities that we've done over the course of this set of updates.

To add in one more, just a quick one. Zoom went through a pretty big re-design on TV OS to just make it easier for individuals or low-vis to be able to control and navigate their devices. I think we could pull out a few more, but in thinking about time, well...

Part of it, I would say, is just go in, and start exploring because I think really in all the nooks and crannies, you're going to find different settings, different new things that are there that are helpful.

We want people to take advantage of it. We want people to give us feedback. To give the plug for the accessibility@apple.com email address, that is our customer-facing email address. We appreciate that we get a lot of great feedback every day from our users on how things are working for them whether it's asking us questions, reporting bugs, whatever it might be. We would love to get your thoughts on the work that we've been doing, and helps us to figure out what we keep doing into the future.

Dave Nason: Great stuff! Well, I think that about does it for us today. Thank you guys again for joining us! We really appreciate it on what is a really busy week, I'm sure. Sarah and Dean, thank you so much, and Thomas, thank you for joining me today!

Sarah Herrlinger: Absolutely! Thank you so much for having us!

Dean Hudson: Yeah, thank you!

Dave Nason: Thomas, interesting conversation.

Thomas Domville: Oh, indeed!

I'm sure I'm like everybody else. I was just ready for the next thing, ready for the next thing, ready for the next thing, but yet I'm so focused on what they had to say.

I really love the time that we had to spend with them in details, but as always it's never enough time. I'm so blessed to have these two people that probably are so busy in their life already! We were just so honored and blessed to have at least a half hour with these folks.

In general our listeners is that for every single thing they discussed here today that is new and revealing to you, there's probably 10 more new things under the hood that we going to see when iOS 13 comes out. This is the exciting part about this year, Dave, is this is not like iOS 12 where we had a few things, and that was it! This sounds like we have a lot of little changes coming our way along with some big changes that were not announced like--

[crosstalk]

Thomas Domville: Oh, yeah.

Dave Nason: I think we hit the highlights, but there's definitely a lot of little hidden gems hopefully. I think--

[crosstalk]

Thomas Domville: I thought the low-vision people got a huge boost in the Mac area--

Dave Nason: I think that was overdue as well. I think Zoom and some of those users probably had felt a little neglected versus VoiceOver users in recent years. It looks like Apple have really put an effort in this year to make sure that they really caught up to where they want to be.

Thomas Domville: It tells you the significant because they made a point of that. Not only just on the Mac, but as Sarah was saying and she made a point of it, they revamped it in iOS which is long overdue, but especially... The first and foremost of everything that's even new if they came out hard and heavy on the braille stuff, that was huge.

Dave Nason: I had Scott Davert speaking in my ear the entire time while they were talking about braille.

[laughter]

Thomas Domville: All the millions of questions I'm sure that a lot of people have, but just knowing the fact that they're focused on braille this year is, forward and foremost, it was way way overdue, and I'm so ecstatic and excited to hear that.

Dave Nason: Crossing all our fingers and all our toes that the performance is there.

Thomas Domville: Yeah. Speaking of crossing fingers with toes, what did you think about the VoiceOver gestures customized?

Dave Nason: That's really cool! Really really cool! Thomas Domville: I mean I'll have to see how deep-

Dave Nason: See which gestures? Yeah.

Thomas Domville: Yeah. How deep can we get with it?

It sounded like the keyboard is going to be where it's going to really take hold. You can re-do some of the gestures with the keyboard. If it's complicated already for us to do a four-finger double tap on something, oh my gosh, we can now make that easier, but if we can intertwine this with a certain thing that I want to use day-in-day-out, that's a game changer.

Dave Nason: Yeah. Absolutely!

Even like iPhone 10 and above that don't have the Home button, and maybe some people struggle with those new swipe, the new Home gesture and the new App Switcher gesture, so maybe they could replace that with a two-finger double tap or whatever it might be that they will find easier to perform.

Thomas Domville: Mmmhmm.

I like the fact that the Voice Control, as a whole, it was meant for a specific people with disability. In a whole, it does cover with the VoiceOver API which means that you're going to knock out two birds with one stone really because--

Dave Nason: That's why I love the media attention Voice Control is hopefully getting because this drives the developer to go I'm going to actually put the effort in to do that, we'll get VoiceOver support for free alongside that.

Thomas Domville: Exactly. Boy, I'm going to have to have a label on that, so that they can say something or whatever now. I think it works hands-in-hands.

On top of that, Dean was really getting excited about that we now finally have more accessible means to code now with Xcode where Xcode was so alien, and a lot of things just didn't work the way we want to. They put an emphasis in coding, and so those I've always dreamed to be a coder can now have that reality come true. Plus, I love how when they analyze the code for iPad to move over to the Mac, that includes the accessibility with it.

Dave Nason: Mmmhmm. Yeah. Yep. I think that was a question a lot of people would have had...

I think they renamed it. That was Project Marzipan last year.

Thomas Domville: Correct.

Dave Nason: It wasn't an overwhelming success, I think. Even Craig said onstage "look, we learned a lot. That was 1.0, and this is 2.0 now." They've given it a new name, and a new lease at life, I think, hopefully.

[laughter]

Thomas Domville: Well, Catalyst in itself is a whole different separate topic because then we can go on forever because there's a lot of things we want to know. How's this going to work? How's it going to feel? How's it going to smell? Everything about it, Marzipan which is now Catalyst, is going to be very interesting. I can't wait to dive in!

I'm excited that they finally put Accessibility under Settings. I heard that rumor before this cast, and I was excited to hear that they put that upfront and foremost with other important buttons under Settings.

Dave Nason: Yeah, and it's not down at the bottom. She said it was right underneath General, so that's--

Thomas Domville: Right underneath General where you find Display and Brightness.

Dave Nason: Mmmhmm. I think it is positive, and it's good to see that.

As you said, we're looking forward to getting stuck into iOS 13. Hopefully, the whole team will be, as usual, beta testing over the summer.

[Unintelligible]

Thomas Domville: Stay tuned.

Dave Nason: Hopefully.

Thomas Domville: We will have more information for you. Whether it's in terms of podcasts, or on the website, come to applevis.com to check out in-between during the summer, and definitely check back in the fall when iOS 13 and everybody else gets dropped along with Catalina, the new Apple TV, the new iPad OS, and check out AppleVis for all the latest and greatest and what we've found, and what you can expect in terms of accessibility and other many things.

Dave Nason: Thomas, I think that about wraps it up. Thank you again for joining me!

Thomas Domville: It was quite an honor. I enjoyed it so much! I hope you did, too, Dave.

It was an amazing experience to talk to those two especially Dean now that we now introduced Dean, I think he's coming in as blind and been working there since 2006 was an awesome awesome awesome input on the show.

I loved this! Thank you!

Dave Nason: Thank you so much!

My name is Dave Nason. This is the AppleVis Extra. Thanks for listening! Bye-bye!

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Jun 06, 2019
AppleVis Extra 67: a Conversation with Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson of Apple's Accessibility Team

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple; and Dean Hudson, Accessibility Evangelist at Apple. Topics covered in this podcast include an in-depth look at new accessibility features coming later this year in Apple software for blind and low vision users, as well as a broader look at Apple's approach to making their products accessible to as many people as possible.

Jun 06, 2019
AppleVis Extra 66: Recapping the WWDC 2019 Keynote

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Scott Davert, and Tyler Stephen get together to discuss the announcements made at Apple's WWDC 2019 Keynote.

You can read our summary of the keynote here; where you are also encouraged to share your own opinions on what Apple did and did not announce.

Jun 04, 2019
AppleVis Extra 66: Recapping the WWDC 2019 Keynote

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Scott Davert, and Tyler Stephen get together to discuss the announcements made at Apple's WWDC 2019 Keynote.

You can read our summary of the keynote here; where you are also encouraged to share your own opinions on what Apple did and did not announce.

Jun 04, 2019
Blow Up Your Way Through Wave After Wave of Enemies in Tank Battle Endless Gunner for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us the Tank Battle Endless Gunner for iOS. Blow up or ram your way through wave after wave of enemies. Keep enough of fuel,armour and weapons to keep fighting on.

‎Tank Battle Endless Gunner on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/tank-battle-endless-gunner/id1458091689

May 31, 2019
Blow Up Your Way Through Wave After Wave of Enemies in Tank Battle Endless Gunner for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us the Tank Battle Endless Gunner for iOS. Blow up or ram your way through wave after wave of enemies. Keep enough of fuel,armour and weapons to keep fighting on.

‎Tank Battle Endless Gunner on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/tank-battle-endless-gunner/id1458091689

May 31, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed May 2019: Anyone Seen My AirPod?
May 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed May 2019: Anyone Seen My AirPod?
May 30, 2019
How to Use the VPN on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use the VPN on iOS and everything you need to know about VPN.

‎Windscribe VPN on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/windscribe-vpn/id1129435228?mt=8

More Information on VPN:
The Best VPN Services for 2019 | PCMag.com
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/296955/the-best-vpn-services

2019's "Best" VPN Services (+ Reviews & Test Results) - VPN Geeks
https://www.vpngeeks.com/

May 23, 2019
How to Use the VPN on iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use the VPN on iOS and everything you need to know about VPN.

‎Windscribe VPN on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/windscribe-vpn/id1129435228?mt=8

More Information on VPN:
The Best VPN Services for 2019 | PCMag.com
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/296955/the-best-vpn-services

2019's "Best" VPN Services (+ Reviews & Test Results) - VPN Geeks
https://www.vpngeeks.com/

May 23, 2019
How to Set Up Mail VIP Contacts in iOS; and Why You Should

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and demonstrates the VIP Contacts feature of the Mail app on iOS.

Assigning a contact the “VIP” status makes finding email messages from them easier - you can use custom notification alerts for VIP contacts; their messages will be flagged when browsing mailboxes, and also stored in a smart VIP mailbox.

You can assign up to 100 VIPs, and if you use iCloud Contacts, your VIPs are available on any other Apple devices signed in to the same account.

May 13, 2019
How to Set Up Mail VIP Contacts in iOS; and Why You Should

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and demonstrates the VIP Contacts feature of the Mail app on iOS.

Assigning a contact the “VIP” status makes finding email messages from them easier - you can use custom notification alerts for VIP contacts; their messages will be flagged when browsing mailboxes, and also stored in a smart VIP mailbox.

You can assign up to 100 VIPs, and if you use iCloud Contacts, your VIPs are available on any other Apple devices signed in to the same account.

May 13, 2019
How to Send and Receive SMS Text Messages on iPad

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to send and recieve SMS text messages for iPad in iOS.

May 10, 2019
How to Send and Receive SMS Text Messages on iPad

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to send and recieve SMS text messages for iPad in iOS.

May 10, 2019
Protect and Shield your device with the AdGuard Pro for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to AdGuard Pro for iOS. AdGuard Pro is More than just ad blocking in Safari! It’s the most effective adblock browser plugin with data tracking prevention. With AdGuard Pro you can select different DNS service providers, which opens new possibilities: faster and more reliable internet access both for Wi-Fi and cellular connections, parental control, protection from phishing and malware and shielding your DNS traffic against interception and snooping. Add to this the Privacy module that detects trackers in real time and lets you decide which to block and which to let through. And all this on top of the excellent ad blocking in Safari, which has already proven to be of an unrivaled quality by the free AdGuard for iOS version.

‎AdGuard Pro — adblock on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adguard-pro-adblock/id1126386264?mt=8

May 07, 2019
Protect and Shield your device with the AdGuard Pro for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to AdGuard Pro for iOS. AdGuard Pro is More than just ad blocking in Safari! It’s the most effective adblock browser plugin with data tracking prevention. With AdGuard Pro you can select different DNS service providers, which opens new possibilities: faster and more reliable internet access both for Wi-Fi and cellular connections, parental control, protection from phishing and malware and shielding your DNS traffic against interception and snooping. Add to this the Privacy module that detects trackers in real time and lets you decide which to block and which to let through. And all this on top of the excellent ad blocking in Safari, which has already proven to be of an unrivaled quality by the free AdGuard for iOS version.

‎AdGuard Pro — adblock on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adguard-pro-adblock/id1126386264?mt=8

May 07, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed April 2019: Oh My Glob

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Apr 29, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed April 2019: Oh My Glob

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Apr 29, 2019
Quick Tip: Three Examples of Where a Double-Tap and Hold can Make your use of iOS more Efficient and Productive

In this short podcast, Graham Langford shares three quick tips on where you can use a 1-finger double-tap and hold (also known as a “long-press”) to be more efficient and productive on iOS.

  1. Quickly access draft emails in the iOS Mail app with a “long-press” on the Compose button.
  2. Quickly archive an email message with a “long-press” on the Delete button.
  3. “Long-press” on the Delete key on the iOS keyboard to delete text faster - in some instances, the speed will increase incrementally with the amount of time you are holding the key.

Please post a comment to share your own tips on where “hidden” iOS features such as these make you more efficient and productive.

Apr 24, 2019
Quick Tip: Three Examples of Where a Double-Tap and Hold can Make your use of iOS more Efficient and Productive

In this short podcast, Graham Langford shares three quick tips on where you can use a 1-finger double-tap and hold (also known as a “long-press”) to be more efficient and productive on iOS.

  1. Quickly access draft emails in the iOS Mail app with a “long-press” on the Compose button.
  2. Quickly archive an email message with a “long-press” on the Delete button.
  3. “Long-press” on the Delete key on the iOS keyboard to delete text faster - in some instances, the speed will increase incrementally with the amount of time you are holding the key.

Please post a comment to share your own tips on where “hidden” iOS features such as these make you more efficient and productive.

Apr 24, 2019
How to Tell if Your iPhone is New, Refurbished or a Replacement

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to tell if your iPhone is new, refurbished or a replacement.

Apr 23, 2019
How to Tell if Your iPhone is New, Refurbished or a Replacement

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to tell if your iPhone is new, refurbished or a replacement.

Apr 23, 2019
How to Enable Reader View in Safari Automatically for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to enable Reader View in Safari automatically for iOS.

Apr 21, 2019
How to Enable Reader View in Safari Automatically for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to enable Reader View in Safari automatically for iOS.

Apr 21, 2019
Whaaaat? Using Made for iPhone hearing aids from a VoiceOver users perspe.... whaaaaat?

In this podcast, Scott Davert shows us the features available with MFi supported hearing aids or Cochlear Implant processors from the perspective of a VoiceOver user. MFi compatible hearing aids come from many manufacturers and there are numerous models supported. You can see Apple's official support page which gives a fairly accurate account of which hearing aids have MFi support. However, this article has not been updated since October 2018, so anything newer than that will not be listed on this page.

For more general information about hearing aids from a blindness perspective, you can listen to this Accessibility Moving Forward podcast featuring some familiar voices to AppleVis.

Finally, there is a mailing list for blind hearing aid users that you can join by sending a blank email to blindhearingaidusers+subscribe@groups.io.

Apr 18, 2019
Whaaaat? Using Made for iPhone hearing aids from a VoiceOver users perspe.... whaaaaat?

In this podcast, Scott Davert shows us the features available with MFi supported hearing aids or Cochlear Implant processors from the perspective of a VoiceOver user. MFi compatible hearing aids come from many manufacturers and there are numerous models supported. You can see Apple's official support page which gives a fairly accurate account of which hearing aids have MFi support. However, this article has not been updated since October 2018, so anything newer than that will not be listed on this page.

For more general information about hearing aids from a blindness perspective, you can listen to this Accessibility Moving Forward podcast featuring some familiar voices to AppleVis.

Finally, there is a mailing list for blind hearing aid users that you can join by sending a blank email to blindhearingaidusers+subscribe@groups.io.

Apr 18, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 3

Part 3 of Khalfan Bin Dhaher's series on the Swift Playgrounds app, a fun and engaging way to learn to code on your iPad, with great VoiceOver accessibility.

Apr 17, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 3

Part 3 of Khalfan Bin Dhaher's series on the Swift Playgrounds app, a fun and engaging way to learn to code on your iPad, with great VoiceOver accessibility.

Apr 17, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 2

IN this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher brings us part two of his three part series on learning to code with Swift Playgrounds from a VoiceOver user's perspective.

Apr 17, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 2

IN this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher brings us part two of his three part series on learning to code with Swift Playgrounds from a VoiceOver user's perspective.

Apr 17, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 1

In this first part of a series of podcasts, Khalfan Bin Dhaher introduces us to the Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad, and takes us through the first lesson.
Swift Playgrounds is an app made by Apple for the iPad, designed to get people, young and old, started in coding in a fun and engaging manner.
If not already installed on your iPad, you can get it here on the App Store.

Apr 16, 2019
Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad - Part 1

In this first part of a series of podcasts, Khalfan Bin Dhaher introduces us to the Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad, and takes us through the first lesson.
Swift Playgrounds is an app made by Apple for the iPad, designed to get people, young and old, started in coding in a fun and engaging manner.
If not already installed on your iPad, you can get it here on the App Store.

Apr 16, 2019
Enjoy using Skills and Games with Amazon Alexa for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to the skills that you can find on Amazon Alexa for iOS. With undred's of thousands of skills to choose from. There is always something for you to use and play.

Amazon Alexa Skill Search:
https://www.amazon.com/alexa-skills/b?ie=UTF8&node=13727921011

Amazon Alexa on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620?mt=8

Apr 10, 2019
Enjoy using Skills and Games with Amazon Alexa for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to the skills that you can find on Amazon Alexa for iOS. With undred's of thousands of skills to choose from. There is always something for you to use and play.

Amazon Alexa Skill Search:
https://www.amazon.com/alexa-skills/b?ie=UTF8&node=13727921011

Amazon Alexa on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620?mt=8

Apr 10, 2019
Easily and Quickly Use Emojis with Rocket for the Mac

In this podcast, Robin Christopherson of the RNIB Tech Talk podcast introduces us to Rocket , a Mac App which claims to be the fastest, smoothest Slack-style emoji picker for your Mac.

Link to App on MacUpdate.com:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/57331/rocket

Apr 09, 2019
Easily and Quickly Use Emojis with Rocket for the Mac

In this podcast, Robin Christopherson of the RNIB Tech Talk podcast introduces us to Rocket , a Mac App which claims to be the fastest, smoothest Slack-style emoji picker for your Mac.

Link to App on MacUpdate.com:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/57331/rocket

Apr 09, 2019
Fast and Accurate Scanning with Voice Dream Scanner for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Voice Dream Scanner, a recently released OCR app for iOS from the developer of the popular Voice Dream Reader app.

From the App Store:

Scan paper documents with the camera and recognize text. Listen using built-in text-to-speech. Save and export. Unlimited use: no subscriptions or additional charges.

State-of-the-art A.I. for OCR and text recognition: Fast and accurate, even in poor lighting conditions. Works entirely on device: No need for internet and your data stays private.

Export scans as plain text or PDF with embedded text to another app, or save them on your local device, iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Works with Voice Dream Reader, our full-featured text-to-speech reader. After downloading this app, you will be able access the scanner directly from Reader and add scanned documents to your Reader library.

Apr 04, 2019
Fast and Accurate Scanning with Voice Dream Scanner for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Voice Dream Scanner, a recently released OCR app for iOS from the developer of the popular Voice Dream Reader app.

From the App Store:

Scan paper documents with the camera and recognize text. Listen using built-in text-to-speech. Save and export. Unlimited use: no subscriptions or additional charges.

State-of-the-art A.I. for OCR and text recognition: Fast and accurate, even in poor lighting conditions. Works entirely on device: No need for internet and your data stays private.

Export scans as plain text or PDF with embedded text to another app, or save them on your local device, iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Works with Voice Dream Reader, our full-featured text-to-speech reader. After downloading this app, you will be able access the scanner directly from Reader and add scanned documents to your Reader library.

Apr 04, 2019
Quick Tip: Using the Text Selection Rotor to Select Text on iOS

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen gives us a Quick Tip: Using the Text Selection Rotor to Select Text on iOS.

Apr 04, 2019
Quick Tip: Using the Text Selection Rotor to Select Text on iOS

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen gives us a Quick Tip: Using the Text Selection Rotor to Select Text on iOS.

Apr 04, 2019
Quick Tip: Using the New Features in Seeing AI for iOS

In this podcast, Robin Christopherson takes us through some nice new features recently added to Microsoft's popular Seeing AI app for iOS.

Apr 02, 2019
Quick Tip: Using the New Features in Seeing AI for iOS

In this podcast, Robin Christopherson takes us through some nice new features recently added to Microsoft's popular Seeing AI app for iOS.

Apr 02, 2019
Quick Tip: How to Customize Contact Labels in iOS

In this podcast, Graham Langford gives us a quick tip of how to customize contact labels in iOS.

Mar 31, 2019
Quick Tip: How to Customize Contact Labels

In this podcast, Graham Langford gives us a quick tip of how to customize contact labels.

Mar 31, 2019
Quick Tip: How to Customize Contact Labels

In this podcast, Graham Langford gives us a quick tip of how to customize contact labels.

Mar 31, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed March 2019: The Dribble Effect
Mar 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed March 2019: The Dribble Effect
Mar 30, 2019
AppleVis Extra 65: It's Showtime! Round Table Discussion of the March 25th Keynote

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason is joined by Scott Davert, Tyler Stephen and Club AppleVis Member Tate Luck to talk about Apple's service oriented March 25 event, titled "It's Showtime". At the event, Apple unveiled updates to the Apple News and TV apps, alongside new subscription services called Apple News+ and Apple TV+. In addition they introduced a gaming subscription service called Apple Arcade and a new Apple credit card.
You can also check out our blog post recapping the event.

Mar 26, 2019
AppleVis Extra 65: It's Showtime! Round Table Discussion of the March 25th Keynote

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason is joined by Scott Davert, Tyler Stephen and Club AppleVis Member Tate Luck to talk about Apple's service oriented March 25 event, titled "It's Showtime". At the event, Apple unveiled updates to the Apple News and TV apps, alongside new subscription services called Apple News+ and Apple TV+. In addition they introduced a gaming subscription service called Apple Arcade and a new Apple credit card.
You can also check out our blog post recapping the event.

Mar 26, 2019
How to Find the Estimated Value of your Device with Apple GiveBack

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to find the estimated value of your device with Apple GiveBack.

Mar 20, 2019
How to Find the Estimated Value of your Device with Apple GiveBack

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to find the estimated value of your device with Apple GiveBack.

Mar 20, 2019
Get Organized with your Daily Chores Using the Microsoft To-Do for iOS

In this podcast, Humberto Avila takes us through Microsoft To-Do, which is a simple and intelligent to-do list that makes it easy to plan your day. Whether it's for work, school or home, To-Do will help you increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels. It combines intelligent technology and beautiful design to empower you to create a simple daily workflow. Organize your day with To-Do's smart Suggestions and complete the most important tasks or chores you need to get done, every day. To-Do syncs between your phone and computer, so you can access your to-dos from school, the office, or the grocery store or even while you're traveling around the world.

‎Microsoft To-Do on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-to-do/id1212616790

Mar 18, 2019
Get Organized with your Daily Chores Using the Microsoft To-Do for iOS

In this podcast, Humberto Avila takes us through Microsoft To-Do, which is a simple and intelligent to-do list that makes it easy to plan your day. Whether it's for work, school or home, To-Do will help you increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels. It combines intelligent technology and beautiful design to empower you to create a simple daily workflow. Organize your day with To-Do's smart Suggestions and complete the most important tasks or chores you need to get done, every day. To-Do syncs between your phone and computer, so you can access your to-dos from school, the office, or the grocery store or even while you're traveling around the world.

‎Microsoft To-Do on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-to-do/id1212616790

Mar 18, 2019
How to Hide Alert for Group Texts in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to hide alert for group texts in iOS.

Mar 14, 2019
How to Hide Alert for Group Texts in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to hide alert for group texts in iOS.

Mar 14, 2019
Simplify your Dice Rolling with the Ready to Roll - RPG Dice for iOS

In this podcast, Harrison Tutechluver takes us through the Ready to Roll - RPG for iOS, which is a blind and low vision accessible RPG dice manager. Also suitable for sighted players.

‎Ready to Roll - RPG Dice on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-to-roll-rpg-dice/id1445804669?mt=8...

Mar 03, 2019
Simplify your Dice Rolling with the Ready to Roll - RPG Dice for iOS

In this podcast, Harrison Tutechluver takes us through the Ready to Roll - RPG for iOS, which is a blind and low vision accessible RPG dice manager. Also suitable for sighted players.

‎Ready to Roll - RPG Dice on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-to-roll-rpg-dice/id1445804669?mt=8...

Mar 03, 2019
Enjoy Interactive Fiction with Frotz for iOS

In this podcast, Humberto Avila takes us through Frotz, a repository and engine for playing interactive text based fiction games on iOS.

Get Frotz for free in the App Store.

Mar 02, 2019
Enjoy Interactive Fiction with Frotz for iOS

In this podcast, Humberto Avila takes us through Frotz, a repository and engine for playing interactive text based fiction games on iOS.

Get Frotz for free in the App Store.

Mar 02, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed February 2019: Thick as a Brick
Feb 27, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed February 2019: Thick as a Brick
Feb 27, 2019
How to Check a Battery Status of All of your iPhone Bluetooth Accessories

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to check a battery status of all of your iPhone bluetooth accessories.

Feb 23, 2019
How to Check a Battery Status of All of your iPhone Bluetooth Accessories

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to check a battery status of all of your iPhone bluetooth accessories.

Feb 23, 2019
AppleVis Extra 64: An Interview with John Sturt of Woodside Apps

In this episode, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by John Sturt, the man behind such hit games as Super Tile Smash, Wordfinder, Knight Commander and Minesweeper Deluxe, with yet more fun games to come it seems.

Feb 19, 2019
AppleVis Extra 64: An Interview with John Sturt of Woodside Apps

In this episode, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by John Sturt, the man behind such hit games as Super Tile Smash, Wordfinder, Knight Commander and Minesweeper Deluxe, with yet more fun games to come it seems.

Feb 19, 2019
How to Contact Apple for Accessibility Inquiries

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to contact Apple for accessibility inquiries.

Topics Covered in this Podcast

Apple Accessibility Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Product Feedback Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/feedback/

Accessibility Support - Official Apple Support Web Page:
https://support.apple.com/accessibility

Today at Apple - Accessibility - Apple Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/today/collection/accessibility-collection/

Apple Accessibility and Assistive Technology Email Address:
Accessibility@Apple.com

United States Apple Accessibility and assisstive Technology Phone Number:
877-204-3930

Contact Apple for support and service - Apple Support:
https://support.apple.com/en-ie/HT201232

Feb 14, 2019
How to Contact Apple for Accessibility Inquiries

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to contact Apple for accessibility inquiries.

Topics Covered in this Podcast

Apple Accessibility Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Product Feedback Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/feedback/

Accessibility Support - Official Apple Support Web Page:
https://support.apple.com/accessibility

Today at Apple - Accessibility - Apple Web Page:
https://www.apple.com/today/collection/accessibility-collection/

Apple Accessibility and Assistive Technology Email Address:
Accessibility@Apple.com

United States Apple Accessibility and assisstive Technology Phone Number:
877-204-3930

Contact Apple for support and service - Apple Support:
https://support.apple.com/en-ie/HT201232

Feb 14, 2019
How to Customize the Music App's Equalizer

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to customize the music apps's equalizer.

Feb 10, 2019
How to Customize the Music App's Equalizer

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to customize the music apps's equalizer.

Feb 10, 2019
Get Your Pooch Attention with the Dog Whistler - The Original for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Dog Whistler - The Original on the App Store for iOS. Train your dog (or annoy your friends) with this simple to use dog whistle. Quickly initiate a variety of frequency sounds via the dog whistle interface.

Dog Whistler - The Original on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/om/app/dog-whistler-the-original/id306614060?mt=8

Feb 08, 2019
Get Your Pooch Attention with the Dog Whistler - The Original for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Dog Whistler - The Original on the App Store for iOS. Train your dog (or annoy your friends) with this simple to use dog whistle. Quickly initiate a variety of frequency sounds via the dog whistle interface.

Dog Whistler - The Original on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/om/app/dog-whistler-the-original/id306614060?mt=8

Feb 08, 2019
Immerse Yourself in the Deep Web to Investigate Cyber Crime in GoldGun for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to GoldGun, a recently released audio game for iOS where you play the adventures of Soren, a police officer investigating cybercriminal activity in the deep web.

Description from the App Store:

The game is presented in a cinematic like experience and it is delivered through seven episodes, in a format similar to TV series. Each episode is launched every two or three months. The first episode (launch date 31st January 2019) is completely free, so everybody can play and enjoy it. The sounds in the game are implemented using 3D-audio in order to provide an immersive experience and playing with headphones is highly recommended. The game mechanics include the use of the gyroscope (tilt the phone to move) and tactile interface (swipe and tap actions to interact with objects).

The story is presented like a single-player narrative, with extensive voice acting and no use of voice-over software. Each episode includes a series of minigames, which grow in length and complexity as the story deepens and progresses in the future episodes.

GoldGun is available as a free download from the App Store.

Feb 05, 2019
Immerse Yourself in the Deep Web to Investigate Cyber Crime in GoldGun for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to GoldGun, a recently released audio game for iOS where you play the adventures of Soren, a police officer investigating cybercriminal activity in the deep web.

Description from the App Store:

The game is presented in a cinematic like experience and it is delivered through seven episodes, in a format similar to TV series. Each episode is launched every two or three months. The first episode (launch date 31st January 2019) is completely free, so everybody can play and enjoy it. The sounds in the game are implemented using 3D-audio in order to provide an immersive experience and playing with headphones is highly recommended. The game mechanics include the use of the gyroscope (tilt the phone to move) and tactile interface (swipe and tap actions to interact with objects).

The story is presented like a single-player narrative, with extensive voice acting and no use of voice-over software. Each episode includes a series of minigames, which grow in length and complexity as the story deepens and progresses in the future episodes.

GoldGun is available as a free download from the App Store.

Feb 05, 2019
How to Change Your AppleID Email Address

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to change your AppleID email address.

Feb 03, 2019
How to Change Your AppleID Email Address

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to change your AppleID email address.

Feb 03, 2019
Getting Around Indoors with the Clew for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Clew for iOS. Clew is an AR indoor navigation app designed for visually impaired users to help them retrace their steps in unfamiliar environments.

‎Clew on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clew/id1268077870?mt=8

Feb 02, 2019
Getting Around Indoors with the Clew for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Clew for iOS. Clew is an AR indoor navigation app designed for visually impaired users to help them retrace their steps in unfamiliar environments.

‎Clew on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clew/id1268077870?mt=8

Feb 02, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed January 2019: The Dog Whisperer
Jan 30, 2019
AppleVis Unleashed January 2019: The Dog Whisperer
Jan 30, 2019
Immerse yourself in Pure Nature 3D Soundscape for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Pure Nature - 3D Soundscapes on the App Store for iOS. Immerse yourself in the healing voices of the natural world! Be instantly transported into the great outdoors, where the tonic of wildness will soothe
your spirit and bring a relaxed sense of joy to your day.
Designed primarily for headphone listening, this app features over 80 spacious 3D binaural soundscapes, meticulously gathered by recording artist Lang
Elliott in wild areas across North America and beyond. Audio quality is superb throughout.

‎Pure Nature - 3D Soundscapes on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pure-nature-3d-audio/id1357380255?mc_cid...

Jan 24, 2019
Immerse yourself in Pure Nature 3D Soundscape for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Pure Nature - 3D Soundscapes on the App Store for iOS. Immerse yourself in the healing voices of the natural world! Be instantly transported into the great outdoors, where the tonic of wildness will soothe
your spirit and bring a relaxed sense of joy to your day.
Designed primarily for headphone listening, this app features over 80 spacious 3D binaural soundscapes, meticulously gathered by recording artist Lang
Elliott in wild areas across North America and beyond. Audio quality is superb throughout.

‎Pure Nature - 3D Soundscapes on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pure-nature-3d-audio/id1357380255?mc_cid...

Jan 24, 2019
How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to customize keyboard shortcuts in iOS.

Jan 16, 2019
How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to customize keyboard shortcuts in iOS.

Jan 16, 2019
How to Gift an App from the App Store in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to gift an app from the App Store in iOS.

Jan 16, 2019
How to Gift an App from the App Store in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to gift an app from the App Store in iOS.

Jan 16, 2019
Earn your Green Thumb in the Plant Nanny for iOS

In this podcast, Sasha Stride gives us a demonstration of ‎Plant Nanny for iOS. Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time.

‎Plant Nanny on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plant-nanny/id590216134?mt=8

Jan 10, 2019
Earn your Green Thumb in the Plant Nanny for iOS

In this podcast, Sasha Stride gives us a demonstration of ‎Plant Nanny for iOS. Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time.

‎Plant Nanny on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plant-nanny/id590216134?mt=8

Jan 10, 2019
Put Your Dog Care Skills to the Test with Blindfold Doggy, a Dog Ownership Simulation Game for iOS

In this podcast, Holly gives us a demonstration of Blindfold Doggy, a dog ownership simulation game for iOS.

Description from the App Store:

After learning the sounds your dog makes when he needs something, you must take care of your dog: feed him, walk him, give him water, brush him and play with him.

For example, to walk your dog, put on his collar and leash, open the door and start walking: swipe down with one finger. Each down swipe takes you one step further from home. Each up swipe takes you one step closer to home. When you leave the house for a walk, the front door automatically closes behind you. To go back inside, walk back to the door and open it. Make sure you close the door, or your dog may run away.

Once you've mastered taking care of one dog, try taking care of two. It's much harder!

Then try the adventure game - go shopping for new toys and food, and take your dog to the veterinarian for routine checkups.

The game comes with limited play before you run out of food. To get unlimited play, or other options, use the in-app upgrades.

Jan 08, 2019
Put Your Dog Care Skills to the Test with Blindfold Doggy, a Dog Ownership Simulation Game for iOS

In this podcast, Holly gives us a demonstration of Blindfold Doggy, a dog ownership simulation game for iOS.

Description from the App Store:

After learning the sounds your dog makes when he needs something, you must take care of your dog: feed him, walk him, give him water, brush him and play with him.

For example, to walk your dog, put on his collar and leash, open the door and start walking: swipe down with one finger. Each down swipe takes you one step further from home. Each up swipe takes you one step closer to home. When you leave the house for a walk, the front door automatically closes behind you. To go back inside, walk back to the door and open it. Make sure you close the door, or your dog may run away.

Once you've mastered taking care of one dog, try taking care of two. It's much harder!

Then try the adventure game - go shopping for new toys and food, and take your dog to the veterinarian for routine checkups.

The game comes with limited play before you run out of food. To get unlimited play, or other options, use the in-app upgrades.

Jan 08, 2019
AppleVis Extra 63: 2019 New Year Extravaganza

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason is joined by Alex Hall, Scott Davert, Thomas Domville and Tyler Stephen to look back at the year that was 2018, and look forward to 2019. They discuss personal highlights from last year, the busy year of Apple product launches, plus predictions, hopes and even some farfetched dreams for the year ahead.

Jan 06, 2019
AppleVis Extra 63: 2019 New Year Extravaganza

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason is joined by Alex Hall, Scott Davert, Thomas Domville and Tyler Stephen to look back at the year that was 2018, and look forward to 2019. They discuss personal highlights from last year, the busy year of Apple product launches, plus predictions, hopes and even some farfetched dreams for the year ahead.

Jan 06, 2019
How to Add Apple Music to an Amazon Echo Device

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to Add Apple Music to an Amazon Echo Device.

‎Amazon Alexa on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo...

Jan 02, 2019
How to Add Apple Music to an Amazon Echo Device

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to Add Apple Music to an Amazon Echo Device.

‎Amazon Alexa on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo...

Jan 02, 2019
How to Forward a SMS or iMessage Text in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to forward a SMS or iMessage text in iOS.

Jan 02, 2019
How to Forward a SMS or iMessage Text in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to forward a SMS or iMessage text in iOS.

Jan 02, 2019
Scan Your Bank Notes Quickly with the Cash Reader Tool for Blind

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us Cash Reader Tool for Blind. Cash Reader identifies banknote denomination for the largest number of currencies. Point your camera to the money in hand and hear, see or feel its value.

How does it work?
Open the app and place the banknote in front of the camera, it's that simple!
The banknote denomination is instantly read aloud via your device's speaker. In the same time, large contrasting characters will appear on the screen.

On silent mode, the denomination will be transformed into vibrations. This feature helps you to quickly identify and count bills even in noisy environments or when privacy is needed.

Cash Reader Tool for Blind on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cash-reader-tool-for-blind/id1344802905?...

Dec 28, 2018
Scan Your Bank Notes Quickly with the Cash Reader Tool for Blind

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us Cash Reader Tool for Blind. Cash Reader identifies banknote denomination for the largest number of currencies. Point your camera to the money in hand and hear, see or feel its value.

How does it work?
Open the app and place the banknote in front of the camera, it's that simple!
The banknote denomination is instantly read aloud via your device's speaker. In the same time, large contrasting characters will appear on the screen.

On silent mode, the denomination will be transformed into vibrations. This feature helps you to quickly identify and count bills even in noisy environments or when privacy is needed.

Cash Reader Tool for Blind on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cash-reader-tool-for-blind/id1344802905?...

Dec 28, 2018
Go Dashing for Toys in The Great Toy Robbery 2.0 for Mac

In this podcast, Alex Hall shows us The Great Toy Robbery 2.0. Play as Naughty Mcnaughterson as you dash through Santa's workshop picking up toy after toy. But, it's not that easy. Use sounds to guide you as you collect toys while dodging security elves, and after enough time has elapsed, you'll have to deal with Santa himself.

LWorks - The Great Toy Robbery 2.02 on the Web:
http://www.l-works.net/tgtr.php

Dec 27, 2018
Go Dashing for Toys in The Great Toy Robbery 2.0 for Mac

In this podcast, Alex Hall shows us The Great Toy Robbery 2.0. Play as Naughty Mcnaughterson as you dash through Santa's workshop picking up toy after toy. But, it's not that easy. Use sounds to guide you as you collect toys while dodging security elves, and after enough time has elapsed, you'll have to deal with Santa himself.

LWorks - The Great Toy Robbery 2.02 on the Web:
http://www.l-works.net/tgtr.php

Dec 27, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed December 2018: Breathe Deeply

In their end of year edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news; look back at the past year, and share what they are hoping to find under the Christmas tree. Topics featured in this podcast include:

News

Highlights of 2018

Christmas Wish List

The Unleashed Team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for tuning in during 2018, and to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Dec 23, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed December 2018: Breathe Deeply

In their end of year edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news; look back at the past year, and share what they are hoping to find under the Christmas tree. Topics featured in this podcast include:

News

Highlights of 2018

Christmas Wish List

The Unleashed Team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for tuning in during 2018, and to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

You can contact the Unleashed Team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.com

Dec 23, 2018
How to Control the Various Volume Levels in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to control the various volume levels in iOS.

Dec 08, 2018
How to Control the Various Volume Levels in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to control the various volume levels in iOS.

Dec 08, 2018
How to Turn Off 3D Touch and Why You Might Want To

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to turn off 3D Touch and why you might want to.

Dec 08, 2018
How to Turn Off 3D Touch and Why You Might Want To

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to turn off 3D Touch and why you might want to.

Dec 08, 2018
Start Sweeping for Mines in Minesweeper Deluxe for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us Minesweeper Deluxe. This version of Minesweeper just gets harder and harder. More mines and bigger minefields. Set / Remove a flag by long pressing a square. Tap on a known square to scroll the minefield. How many levels can you clear?

‎Minesweeper Deluxe on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minesweeper-deluxe/id1444072641?mt=8&ign...

Dec 02, 2018
Start Sweeping for Mines in Minesweeper Deluxe for iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us Minesweeper Deluxe. This version of Minesweeper just gets harder and harder. More mines and bigger minefields. Set / Remove a flag by long pressing a square. Tap on a known square to scroll the minefield. How many levels can you clear?

‎Minesweeper Deluxe on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minesweeper-deluxe/id1444072641?mt=8&ign...

Dec 02, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed November 2018: Secret Little Nugget
Dec 01, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed November 2018: Secret Little Nugget
Dec 01, 2018
How to safely Prepare Plus Wipe Your iPhone for Resale or Trade-In

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to safely prepare plus wipe your iPhone for resale or trade-in.

Nov 30, 2018
How to safely Prepare Plus Wipe Your iPhone for Resale or Trade-In

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to safely prepare plus wipe your iPhone for resale or trade-in.

Nov 30, 2018
How To Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Information

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to request a copy of your Apple ID account information.

Nov 30, 2018
How To Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Information

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us How to request a copy of your Apple ID account information.

Nov 30, 2018
AppleVis Extra 62: An Interview with the Developer of Dystopia

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Michael Hansen and Alex Hall interview Sal Husain, developer of Dystopia.

Nov 28, 2018
AppleVis Extra 62: An Interview with the Developer of Dystopia

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Michael Hansen and Alex Hall interview Sal Husain, developer of Dystopia.

Nov 28, 2018
How to Quickly Restart an iOS device with the Assistive Touch Accessibility

In this podcast, Chris Wright shows us how to quickly restart an iOS device with the Assistive Touch Accessibility feature.

Nov 20, 2018
How to Quickly Restart an iOS device with the Assistive Touch Accessibility

In this podcast, Chris Wright shows us how to quickly restart an iOS device with the Assistive Touch Accessibility feature.

Nov 20, 2018
Enter the World of The Game: Nothing is as it Seems

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us The Game: Nothing is as it Seems. The World’s First Interactive Audiobook App. Based on 2016 YA Book Praised by Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield – “THE GAME: Nothing is as it Seems,” conceives existence as a virtual reality game, where you are born into the program, your feelings run the binary code and Earth is a playing field for your infinite consciousness!

TheGame Nothing is as it seems on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-game-nothing-is-as-it-seems/id124322...

Nov 18, 2018
Enter the World of The Game: Nothing is as it Seems

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us The Game: Nothing is as it Seems. The World’s First Interactive Audiobook App. Based on 2016 YA Book Praised by Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield – “THE GAME: Nothing is as it Seems,” conceives existence as a virtual reality game, where you are born into the program, your feelings run the binary code and Earth is a playing field for your infinite consciousness!

TheGame Nothing is as it seems on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-game-nothing-is-as-it-seems/id124322...

Nov 18, 2018
Spell checking using the misspelled words rotor option with VoiceOver on iOS

In this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates using the Misspelled Words rotor option in iOS. He notes some of the limitations, what to do when a misspelled word does not have the replacement word you want, and proves to us he doesn't always know what he's talking about. Note that as of iOS 12.1, this rotor option appears in text fields with Safari, Mail, and Messages. At this time, it's not available in Notes, Pages, or Microsoft Word.

Nov 04, 2018
Spell checking using the misspelled word rotor option with VoiceOver on iOS 12

In this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates using the Misspelled Words rotor option with iOS 12. He notes some of the limitations, what to do when a misspelled word does not have the replacement word you want, and proves to us he doesn't always know what he's talking about. Note that as of iOS 12.1, this rotor option appears in text fields with Safari, Mail, and Messages. AT this time, it's not available in Notes, Pages, or Microsoft Word.

Nov 04, 2018
Spell checking using the misspelled word rotor option with VoiceOver on iOS 12

In this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates using the Misspelled Words rotor option with iOS 12. He notes some of the limitations, what to do when a misspelled word does not have the replacement word you want, and proves to us he doesn't always know what he's talking about. Note that as of iOS 12.1, this rotor option appears in text fields with Safari, Mail, and Messages. AT this time, it's not available in Notes, Pages, or Microsoft Word.

Nov 04, 2018
AppleVis Extra 61: October 2018 Apple Event Round Up

In this episode, Dave Nason, Alex Hall, Scott Davert and Tyler Steven gather to talk about everything announced at Apple's October 30th event in New York, where a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro were revealed.
For even more coverage of the announcements, check out Alex's blog post at https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ipad-news/all-about-new-macs-and-ipa...

Oct 31, 2018
AppleVis Extra 61: October 2018 Apple Event Round Up

In this episode, Dave Nason, Alex Hall, Scott Davert and Tyler Steven gather to talk about everything announced at Apple's October 30th event in New York, where a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro were revealed.
For even more coverage of the announcements, check out Alex's blog post at https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ipad-news/all-about-new-macs-and-ipa...

Oct 31, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed October 2018: The Newer One
Oct 31, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed October 2018: The Newer One
Oct 31, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts Part 3: The Library

In this third and last podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

Shortcuts on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ig...

Shortcut: Quiet Time On
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1bf387c592fc431ca42deb9101053611

Shortcut: Quiet Time Off
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/c958ee874c6f4cfe811b5c2408d78ae0

Shortcut: Weather Forecast For Lee’s Summit
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/81b00bc992c24cb999a437f67742f55e

Shortcut: AppleVis News
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1c5a0c6511ba415b94d5c0703b3ad0e5

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 27, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts Part 3: The Library

In this third and last podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

Shortcuts on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ig...

Shortcut: Quiet Time On
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1bf387c592fc431ca42deb9101053611

Shortcut: Quiet Time Off
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/c958ee874c6f4cfe811b5c2408d78ae0

Shortcut: Weather Forecast For Lee’s Summit
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/81b00bc992c24cb999a437f67742f55e

Shortcut: AppleVis News
https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1c5a0c6511ba415b94d5c0703b3ad0e5

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 27, 2018
Demonstrating the Home App on MacOS

In this podcast, Alex Hall demonstrates the Home app on MacOS. The Home App is new in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Oct 22, 2018
Demonstrating the Home App on MacOS

In this podcast, Alex Hall demonstrates the Home app on MacOS. The Home App is new in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Oct 22, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts Part 2: The Gallery

In this second podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

‎Shortcuts on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ig...

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 14, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts Part 2: The Gallery

In this second podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

‎Shortcuts on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ig...

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 14, 2018
Quick Tip: Configuring VoiceOver to Start Automatically When Logging in to Your Mac

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen shows us how to configure VoiceOver to automatically start on the macOS login screen.

Oct 13, 2018
Quick Tip: Configuring VoiceOver to Start Automatically When Logging in to Your Mac

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen shows us how to configure VoiceOver to automatically start on the macOS login screen.

Oct 13, 2018
It takes a gamer to raise a community: a walk-through of Knight Commander for iOS

In this podcast, Ida Grace shows us the game Knight Commander. This game is a $1.99 purchase in the US App Store and features fully accessible game play for VoiceOver users where you can build a village and run it. Is that not detailed enough of a description? Tune in to this AppleVis podcast to learn more.

Oct 09, 2018
It takes a gamer to raise a community: a walk-through of Knight Commander for iOS

In this podcast, Ida Grace shows us the game Knight Commander. This game is a $1.99 purchase in the US App Store and features fully accessible game play for VoiceOver users where you can build a village and run it. Is that not detailed enough of a description? Tune in to this AppleVis podcast to learn more.

Oct 09, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts in iOS, Part 1: The Basics

In this first podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

How to Find a Siri Shortcut Created by an App Developer:

  1. Open Your App of Choice.
  2. Navigate to and open the app's settings.
  3. Navigate to Siri Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

And/Or

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Siri and Search and double-tap.
  3. Navigate to All Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 07, 2018
How to Use Siri Shortcuts in iOS, Part 1: The Basics

In this first podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

How to Find a Siri Shortcut Created by an App Developer:

  1. Open Your App of Choice.
  2. Navigate to and open the app's settings.
  3. Navigate to Siri Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

And/Or

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Siri and Search and double-tap.
  3. Navigate to All Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Oct 07, 2018
Baby Adopter Galaxy for iOS: Take Care of Your Virtual Baby While On a Space Travel

In this podcast, Ida Grace introduces us to Baby Adopter Galaxy for iOS, a new role playing fantastic babysitting game in Baby Adopter family of games.

Set in the interstellar travel environment, where babies and their parents are traveling on a spaceship, the mission is to have a safe travel and take care of your child. The voyage, fantastic spaceship and planet locations environment add to the experience of taking care of your little kids.

Baby Adopter Galaxy is a babysitting, nursery and dress up game by x2line set in the interstellar travel environment for people who like fantasy traveling and like to take care of children.

Baby Adopter Galaxy on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-adopter-galaxy/id1272609777?mt=8

Oct 04, 2018
Baby Adopter Galaxy for iOS: Take Care of Your Virtual Baby While On a Space Travel

In this podcast, Ida Grace introduces us to Baby Adopter Galaxy for iOS, a new role playing fantastic babysitting game in Baby Adopter family of games.

Set in the interstellar travel environment, where babies and their parents are traveling on a spaceship, the mission is to have a safe travel and take care of your child. The voyage, fantastic spaceship and planet locations environment add to the experience of taking care of your little kids.

Baby Adopter Galaxy is a babysitting, nursery and dress up game by x2line set in the interstellar travel environment for people who like fantasy traveling and like to take care of children.

Baby Adopter Galaxy on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-adopter-galaxy/id1272609777?mt=8

Oct 04, 2018
How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to disable Automatic Updates in iOS.

How to disable Automatic Updates in iOS:

1. Open Settings.
2. Navigate to General and double-tap.
3. Navigate to Software Update and double-tap.
4. Find the Automatic Updates button and double-tap to turn this feature on/off.

* Require iOS 12 and later

Oct 02, 2018
How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in iOS

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to disable Automatic Updates in iOS.

How to disable Automatic Updates in iOS:

1. Open Settings.
2. Navigate to General and double-tap.
3. Navigate to Software Update and double-tap.
4. Find the Automatic Updates button and double-tap to turn this feature on/off.

* Require iOS 12 and later

Oct 02, 2018
How to Search for Songs by Song Lyrics in iOS

Ever wanted to find a song but you don't know the name? In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to search for and find songs in Apple Music using just the song lyrics.

How to search for songs using lyrics in Apple Music in iOS:

1. Open Apple Music.
2. Double-tap the Search Tab in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
3. In the search field, type in a few words or lines from the song you are looking for.
4. Double-Tap on the Search key at the bottom-right corner of the keyboard.
5. You will be presented with a list of songs that match the lyrics you entered

Note: While you can search for song lyrics without an Apple Music subscription, an Apple Music subscription is required to play songs in the search results.

* Require iOS 12 and later

Oct 02, 2018
How to Search for Songs by Song Lyrics in iOS

Ever wanted to find a song but you don't know the name? In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to search for and find songs in Apple Music using just the song lyrics.

How to search for songs using lyrics in Apple Music in iOS:

1. Open Apple Music.
2. Double-tap the Search Tab in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
3. In the search field, type in a few words or lines from the song you are looking for.
4. Double-Tap on the Search key at the bottom-right corner of the keyboard.
5. You will be presented with a list of songs that match the lyrics you entered

Note: While you can search for song lyrics without an Apple Music subscription, an Apple Music subscription is required to play songs in the search results.

* Require iOS 12 and later

Oct 02, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed September 2018: The Propaganda Agenda
Sep 30, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed September 2018: The Propaganda Agenda
Sep 30, 2018
Solve Mysteries and Puzzles with the Frequency Missing iOS Game

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Frequency Missing, an audiogame that can be used for a visually impaired and blind audience.

Young radio reporter Patricia has just started her first job at a radio station. But immediately strange things begin to happen. Where is Richard, her friend and colleague who got her the job? He's been missing for three days. And who is tampering with Patricia's recordings?

Solve mysteries and puzzles, explore environments and talk to characters. A short adventure game in classic point-and-click style with a small twist:
The game can be played by using sound only!

Frequency Missing on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frequency-missing/id1398341698?mt=8&ign-...

Sep 27, 2018
Solve Mysteries and Puzzles with the Frequency Missing iOS Game

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a demonstration of Frequency Missing, an audiogame that can be used for a visually impaired and blind audience.

Young radio reporter Patricia has just started her first job at a radio station. But immediately strange things begin to happen. Where is Richard, her friend and colleague who got her the job? He's been missing for three days. And who is tampering with Patricia's recordings?

Solve mysteries and puzzles, explore environments and talk to characters. A short adventure game in classic point-and-click style with a small twist:
The game can be played by using sound only!

Frequency Missing on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frequency-missing/id1398341698?mt=8&ign-...

Sep 27, 2018
AppleVis Extra 60: iOS 12 and watchOS 5 in Review

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Scott Davert, and Serina Gilbert discuss their impressions of iOS 12 and watchOS 5, to be released on 17 September 2018.w

Sep 15, 2018
AppleVis Extra 60: iOS 12 and watchOS 5 in Review

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Scott Davert, and Serina Gilbert discuss their impressions of iOS 12 and watchOS 5, to be released on 17 September 2018.w

Sep 15, 2018
An Overview of Some of the New Features and Changes in watchOS 5

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new features and changes in watchOS 5. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Grouped notifications and notifications management
  • The new Walkie-Talkie feature
  • New VoiceOver gestures to open Notification Center and Control Center
  • Rearranging widgets in Control Center
  • New features and expanded information in Weather
  • Adding cities to World Clock on Apple Watch
  • Adding stocks from the Stocks App on Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch support for student ID cards
  • Joining WiFi networks from Apple Watch
  • Automatic workout detection
  • The new Podcasts App on Apple Watch
  • A new crown-up setting in Wake Screen Settings
  • Raise to Speak to Siri and other new Siri settings
  • Accessing web links on Apple Watch
Sep 15, 2018
An Overview of Some of the New Features and Changes in watchOS 5

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new features and changes in watchOS 5. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Grouped notifications and notifications management
  • The new Walkie-Talkie feature
  • New VoiceOver gestures to open Notification Center and Control Center
  • Rearranging widgets in Control Center
  • New features and expanded information in Weather
  • Adding cities to World Clock on Apple Watch
  • Adding stocks from the Stocks App on Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch support for student ID cards
  • Joining WiFi networks from Apple Watch
  • Automatic workout detection
  • The new Podcasts App on Apple Watch
  • A new crown-up setting in Wake Screen Settings
  • Raise to Speak to Siri and other new Siri settings
  • Accessing web links on Apple Watch
Sep 15, 2018
An Overview of Some of the New Features and Changes in iOS 12

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new features in iOS 12. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Improved Performance in iOS 12
  • Grouped notifications and notifications management
  • Screen Time
  • New Irish and South African Siri voices
  • Live Listen for AirPods
  • A Redesigned Battery section in Settings
  • A Streamlined experience using AutoFill in Safari
  • New Siri commands for looking up passwords and Find My iPad
  • Bedtime Mode
  • A new Control Center widget to scan QR codes
  • A new 3D Touch action for Do Not Disturb in Control Center
  • New settings for Voice Memos
  • The Measure app
  • Automatic software updates
  • New skip controls in the Podcasts app
  • The new thesaurus
  • Searching for song lyrics in Music
  • The new Air Quality Index in Weather
  • A changed interface for other contact options for recipients in Messages
  • A new 3D Touch action in Notes to scan a document
  • A new 3D Touch action in Camera to scan a QR code
  • New, assignable commands for braille display users
  • New VoiceOver gestures on iPad
  • Changes to the Status Bar on iPad
Sep 14, 2018
An Overview of Some of the New Features and Changes in iOS 12

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of some of the new features in iOS 12. Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Improved Performance in iOS 12
  • Grouped notifications and notifications management
  • Screen Time
  • New Irish and South African Siri voices
  • Live Listen for AirPods
  • A Redesigned Battery section in Settings
  • A Streamlined experience using AutoFill in Safari
  • New Siri commands for looking up passwords and Find My iPad
  • Bedtime Mode
  • A new Control Center widget to scan QR codes
  • A new 3D Touch action for Do Not Disturb in Control Center
  • New settings for Voice Memos
  • The Measure app
  • Automatic software updates
  • New skip controls in the Podcasts app
  • The new thesaurus
  • Searching for song lyrics in Music
  • The new Air Quality Index in Weather
  • A changed interface for other contact options for recipients in Messages
  • A new 3D Touch action in Notes to scan a document
  • A new 3D Touch action in Camera to scan a QR code
  • New, assignable commands for braille display users
  • New VoiceOver gestures on iPad
  • Changes to the Status Bar on iPad
Sep 14, 2018
AppleVis Extra 59: Recap and Analysis of Apple's September 12, 2018 Event

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Alex Hall, Tyler Stephen, and Scott Davert discuss the announcements made at Apple's September 12, 2018 event.

Sep 13, 2018
AppleVis Extra 59: Recap and Analysis of Apple's September 12, 2018 Event

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Alex Hall, Tyler Stephen, and Scott Davert discuss the announcements made at Apple's September 12, 2018 event.

Sep 13, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed August 2018: The Falling Cat
Aug 30, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed August 2018: The Falling Cat
Aug 30, 2018
What's the good Word? Actually, it's Pages

To help start off a new school year, Tyler Stephen gives us a podcast covering some of the aspects of Pages for Mac for VoiceOver users.

Aug 28, 2018
What's the good Word? Actually, it's Pages

To help start off a new school year, Tyler Stephen gives us a podcast covering some of the aspects of Pages for Mac for VoiceOver users.

Aug 28, 2018
Explore a Land of Adventure and Challenges and Fulfil your Destiny in Echoes from Levia: Soulbound

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher gives us a demonstration of Echoes from Levia: Soulbound, an audiogame designed primarily for a visually impaired and blind audience.

The player will play as Seric, a boy of humble origins and blind from birth, and follows him during his adventure in the lands of Levia where he will be overwhelmed by a series of events that will bring him to discover his past and the mysterious and sinister characters who rule this world and ultimately fulfill his destiny.

The companion of this adventure is the mysterious familiar Kiroth, an incorporeal and enigmatic entity bound to the young Seric, who guides him on his journey through the different settings of the game.

The game consists of two main phases: combat and exploration.

In the first the player is free to explore the different gaming environments, from the dark stash of a pirate ship to the Reek river's brackish swamp, moving through a grid system using navigation based on sound clues and facing various mini-game obstacles. In the combat phase the player will have to fight against different enemies and use his own hearing to parry the slashes, counterattack, and finally deliver precise and well-settled finishing blows.

Soulbound offers the player an unprecedented immersive sound environment thanks to proprietary audio technology that simulates sound diffusion, making dialogues and sound effects consistent with the game setting. Finally, the game is equipped with a neat graphical interface that allows its use to a normally sighted audience.

The game is available on several platforms and costs US$22.99:

Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for iOS
Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for macOS
Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for PC

Aug 21, 2018
Explore a Land of Adventure and Challenges and Fulfil your Destiny in Echoes from Levia: Soulbound

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher gives us a demonstration of Echoes from Levia: Soulbound, an audiogame designed primarily for a visually impaired and blind audience.

The player will play as Seric, a boy of humble origins and blind from birth, and follows him during his adventure in the lands of Levia where he will be overwhelmed by a series of events that will bring him to discover his past and the mysterious and sinister characters who rule this world and ultimately fulfill his destiny.

The companion of this adventure is the mysterious familiar Kiroth, an incorporeal and enigmatic entity bound to the young Seric, who guides him on his journey through the different settings of the game.

The game consists of two main phases: combat and exploration.

In the first the player is free to explore the different gaming environments, from the dark stash of a pirate ship to the Reek river's brackish swamp, moving through a grid system using navigation based on sound clues and facing various mini-game obstacles. In the combat phase the player will have to fight against different enemies and use his own hearing to parry the slashes, counterattack, and finally deliver precise and well-settled finishing blows.

Soulbound offers the player an unprecedented immersive sound environment thanks to proprietary audio technology that simulates sound diffusion, making dialogues and sound effects consistent with the game setting. Finally, the game is equipped with a neat graphical interface that allows its use to a normally sighted audience.

The game is available on several platforms and costs US$22.99:

Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for iOS
Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for macOS
Echoes from Levia: Soulbound for PC

Aug 21, 2018
QuickTip: How to Use Effects and Apps in the iOS Messages App

In this podcast, Tunmi gives us a quick demonstration of how to use effects and apps in the iOS Messages app.

Aug 04, 2018
QuickTip: How to Use Effects and Apps in the iOS Messages App

In this podcast, Tunmi gives us a quick demonstration of how to use effects and apps in the iOS Messages app.

Aug 04, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed July 2018: Happy Birthday AppleVis
Jul 30, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed July 2018: Happy Birthday AppleVis
Jul 30, 2018
AppleVis Extra 58: Interview with the Makers of Dice World and Huboodle

In this latest episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Nick Barbato and Lee Hobbs of AppA11y, the people behind Dice World and Huboodle. Dice World and Huboodle are extremely popular game sets for iOS, and can be played by sighted and visually impaired users alike, thanks to the team's efforts in making the games fully accessible with VoiceOver. Get Dice World on the App Store here Get Huboodle on the App Store here

Jul 25, 2018
AppleVis Extra 58: Interview with the Makers of Dice World and Huboodle

In this latest episode of the AppleVis Extra, Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Nick Barbato and Lee Hobbs of AppA11y, the people behind Dice World and Huboodle. Dice World and Huboodle are extremely popular game sets for iOS, and can be played by sighted and visually impaired users alike, thanks to the team's efforts in making the games fully accessible with VoiceOver. Get Dice World on the App Store here Get Huboodle on the App Store here

Jul 25, 2018
Blindfold Barnyard: Beat the Clock and Return the Farm Animals to their Barn

In this podcast, Sabrina gives us a demonstration of Blindfold Barnyard, an iOS app that challenges you to beat the clock and return all of the farm animals to their barn by a combination of dragging and swiping.

Blindfold Barnyard comes with several games, including a practice mode, and several different timed games. You control the number of animals on the barn yard, and how fast the game is played. There are in-app upgrades for purchasing coins needed for game play.

Jul 14, 2018
Blindfold Barnyard: Beat the Clock and Return the Farm Animals to their Barn

In this podcast, Sabrina gives us a demonstration of Blindfold Barnyard, an iOS app that challenges you to beat the clock and return all of the farm animals to their barn by a combination of dragging and swiping.

Blindfold Barnyard comes with several games, including a practice mode, and several different timed games. You control the number of animals on the barn yard, and how fast the game is played. There are in-app upgrades for purchasing coins needed for game play.

Jul 14, 2018
Turn Photos into Sweet Melodies with Melodist for iOS

In this podcast, Sabrina gives us a demonstration of Melodist - Let photos sing, a US$0.99 app that generates a unique melody for photos by analyzing the changes in hues, saturation and brightness.

Jul 14, 2018
Turn Photos into Sweet Melodies with Melodist for iOS

In this podcast, Sabrina gives us a demonstration of Melodist - Let photos sing, a US$0.99 app that generates a unique melody for photos by analyzing the changes in hues, saturation and brightness.

Jul 14, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed June 2018: Laying Down on the Job
Jun 30, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed June 2018: Laying Down on the Job
Jun 30, 2018
Quick Tip: How to Find Audio Described Movies and TV Shows on Netflix for iOS

In this podcast, Tunmi Jubril demonstrates how to find and browse all of the movies and TV shows on Netflix which offer audio description.

Jun 19, 2018
Quick Tip: How to Find Audio Described Movies and TV Shows on Netflix for iOS

In this podcast, Tunmi Jubril demonstrates how to find and browse all of the movies and TV shows on Netflix which offer audio description.

Jun 19, 2018
Workout When You Want, Where You Want, the Way You Want with Aaptiv Audio Fitness for iOS

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher introduces us to Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness, an iOS app that offers access to audio-based fitness classes in a range of categories.

From the App Store:

Aaptiv lets you workout when you want, where you want, the way you want. Get unlimited access to audio-based fitness classes led by certified personal trainers. Find the perfect rhythm with a playlist of music you already know and love.

Experience more than 2,500 workouts in a variety of categories including running, elliptical, race training, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. With 30 new classes added each week, there's a workout for every interest and fitness level.

  • Access 2,500+ trainer-led, music-driven workouts anytime
  • Refresh your routine with 30+ new classes added every week
  • Workouts from 7 minutes to complete training programs
  • Fitness classes for every level ranging from running, cycling and elliptical to stretching, yoga and strength training
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT) to help you more effectively burn calories, build muscle, and lose weight
  • Amazing playlists filled with the music you already love
  • Full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs
  • No wifi? No worries! Download classes to listen offline
  • Enable Apple Health to track calories burned

Get unlimited access to all classes for USD$14.99/month, USD$99.99/year or lifetime membership for USD$399.99. We also offer a 100% money back guarantee for the annual plan within 30 days, no questions asked.

Jun 18, 2018
Workout When You Want, Where You Want, the Way You Want with Aaptiv Audio Fitness for iOS

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher introduces us to Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness, an iOS app that offers access to audio-based fitness classes in a range of categories.

From the App Store:

Aaptiv lets you workout when you want, where you want, the way you want. Get unlimited access to audio-based fitness classes led by certified personal trainers. Find the perfect rhythm with a playlist of music you already know and love.

Experience more than 2,500 workouts in a variety of categories including running, elliptical, race training, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. With 30 new classes added each week, there's a workout for every interest and fitness level.

  • Access 2,500+ trainer-led, music-driven workouts anytime
  • Refresh your routine with 30+ new classes added every week
  • Workouts from 7 minutes to complete training programs
  • Fitness classes for every level ranging from running, cycling and elliptical to stretching, yoga and strength training
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT) to help you more effectively burn calories, build muscle, and lose weight
  • Amazing playlists filled with the music you already love
  • Full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs
  • No wifi? No worries! Download classes to listen offline
  • Enable Apple Health to track calories burned

Get unlimited access to all classes for USD$14.99/month, USD$99.99/year or lifetime membership for USD$399.99. We also offer a 100% money back guarantee for the annual plan within 30 days, no questions asked.

Jun 18, 2018
Explore the World in 3D Sound With Travelear for iOS

In this podcast, Scott Davert gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Travelear: Listen to the World, a free iOS app that provides access to a selection of 3D soundscapes.

From the App Store description:

Travelear promises to take your ears on an adventure like never before! You can finally go to a variety of destinations and environments with a pair of headphones and the click of a button. With Travelear you can hop across the pond and experience the hustle and bustle of London's famous Flower Market or even take a trip down to New Orleans jazz-filled streets. If you're not in the mood for a new city sound then you can always get up close and personal with forest wildlife or simply sit back and relax on your porch as a summer thunderstorm passes by. Let our sounds immerse you into an environmental narrative and make you feel like you are actually there.

Features:

  • 3D experiences created exclusively for Travelear
  • Organic recordings designed to tell a story
  • Captured with the latest in 3D microphones
  • Recorded and composed by Professional Audio Engineers
  • HD sound quality
  • HD images provide a visual for the experience
  • Map View allows you to choose your destination

Take a break from your day, go somewhere fun. Sit back, relax, and choose your destination.

Jun 17, 2018
Explore the World in 3D Sound With Travelear for iOS

In this podcast, Scott Davert gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Travelear: Listen to the World, a free iOS app that provides access to a selection of 3D soundscapes.

From the App Store description:

Travelear promises to take your ears on an adventure like never before! You can finally go to a variety of destinations and environments with a pair of headphones and the click of a button. With Travelear you can hop across the pond and experience the hustle and bustle of London's famous Flower Market or even take a trip down to New Orleans jazz-filled streets. If you're not in the mood for a new city sound then you can always get up close and personal with forest wildlife or simply sit back and relax on your porch as a summer thunderstorm passes by. Let our sounds immerse you into an environmental narrative and make you feel like you are actually there.

Features:

  • 3D experiences created exclusively for Travelear
  • Organic recordings designed to tell a story
  • Captured with the latest in 3D microphones
  • Recorded and composed by Professional Audio Engineers
  • HD sound quality
  • HD images provide a visual for the experience
  • Map View allows you to choose your destination

Take a break from your day, go somewhere fun. Sit back, relax, and choose your destination.

Jun 17, 2018
Making Daily Tasks Easier with IFTTT

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a walk-through and demonstration of the IFTTT iOS app.

IFTTT enables you to connect all your "services, apps and devices" together so that routine and complex tasks are performed automatically.

Over 600 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your iPhone. The IFTTT app also integrates with the Health app, so you can easily track and maintain your habits.

The following are just some sample use cases:

  • Control everything around you with your voice and Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Stay informed about what’s happening from publications like The New York Times and ProPublica
  • Always stay prepared for the weather with custom daily forecast notifications
  • Message roommates when you’re near the local grocery
  • Get an alert as soon as there’s a new Craigslist listing that matches you search
  • Stay safe with automated and intelligent home security alerts
  • Streamline your social media
  • Back up and share your iOS photos automatically
  • Back up important files, photos, and contacts to cloud-storage solutions, such as Dropbox or Google Drive
  • Set your home thermostat to an optimal temperature when you arrive home
  • Post all your Instagrams as Twitter photos or Pinterest pins
  • Trigger events based on your current location

The IFTTT app is a free download from the App Store

Jun 14, 2018
Making Daily Tasks Easier with IFTTT

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a walk-through and demonstration of the IFTTT iOS app.

IFTTT enables you to connect all your "services, apps and devices" together so that routine and complex tasks are performed automatically.

Over 600 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your iPhone. The IFTTT app also integrates with the Health app, so you can easily track and maintain your habits.

The following are just some sample use cases:

  • Control everything around you with your voice and Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Stay informed about what’s happening from publications like The New York Times and ProPublica
  • Always stay prepared for the weather with custom daily forecast notifications
  • Message roommates when you’re near the local grocery
  • Get an alert as soon as there’s a new Craigslist listing that matches you search
  • Stay safe with automated and intelligent home security alerts
  • Streamline your social media
  • Back up and share your iOS photos automatically
  • Back up important files, photos, and contacts to cloud-storage solutions, such as Dropbox or Google Drive
  • Set your home thermostat to an optimal temperature when you arrive home
  • Post all your Instagrams as Twitter photos or Pinterest pins
  • Trigger events based on your current location

The IFTTT app is a free download from the App Store

Jun 14, 2018
How to Play Fun Audio Games with Google Assistant

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher demonstrates how you can play games from within the Google Assistant app for iOS. The Google Assistant app includes a variety of audio games. Available types of games include:

* Audio Games:
Lucky Trivia, Are You Feeling Lucky?, Mad Libs, World Greatest Word Game, Lucky Trivia Sports
Are You Feeling Sporty, Crystal Ball and Delve in to Your Mysterious Future.

* Chat Games:
Emoji Riddle, Answer Riddles with Emojis, Emoji Movies, Guess the Movies Titles, Emoji Party, and Party with these Emojis.

Google Assistant on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-google-assistant-get-help-anytime-an...

Jun 12, 2018
How to Play Fun Audio Games with Google Assistant

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher demonstrates how you can play games from within the Google Assistant app for iOS. The Google Assistant app includes a variety of audio games. Available types of games include:

* Audio Games:
Lucky Trivia, Are You Feeling Lucky?, Mad Libs, World Greatest Word Game, Lucky Trivia Sports
Are You Feeling Sporty, Crystal Ball and Delve in to Your Mysterious Future.

* Chat Games:
Emoji Riddle, Answer Riddles with Emojis, Emoji Movies, Guess the Movies Titles, Emoji Party, and Party with these Emojis.

Google Assistant on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-google-assistant-get-help-anytime-an...

Jun 12, 2018
AppleVis Extra 57: Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, hosts Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple.

Topics covered in the discussion include Sarah's role at Apple; the importance of accessibility in the world of technology; Apple's own culture of creating inclusive technology; how Apple works with 3rd party developers to ensure the accessibility of their apps; and Sarah's recent election to the National Board of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Jun 07, 2018
AppleVis Extra 57: Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple

In this episode of the AppleVis Extra, hosts Dave Nason and Thomas Domville are joined by Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple.

Topics covered in the discussion include Sarah's role at Apple; the importance of accessibility in the world of technology; Apple's own culture of creating inclusive technology; how Apple works with 3rd party developers to ensure the accessibility of their apps; and Sarah's recent election to the National Board of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Jun 07, 2018
AppleVis Extra 56: Recapping the WWDC 2018 Keynote

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Tyler Stephen, and Stuart Lawler discuss the announcements made at Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote.

Jun 05, 2018
AppleVis Extra 56: Recapping the WWDC 2018 Keynote

In this podcast, Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Tyler Stephen, and Stuart Lawler discuss the announcements made at Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote.

Jun 05, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed May 2018: The Butterfly Effect
May 28, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed May 2018: The Butterfly Effect
May 28, 2018
Quick Tip: How To Download Your Entire Apple Music Library To Your iPhone

In this podcast, Gabriel Oria takes us through a quick work-around which allows you to download your full Apple Music library to your iOs device, all in one go.

May 20, 2018
Quick Tip: How To Download Your Entire Apple Music Library To Your iPhone

In this podcast, Gabriel Oria takes us through a quick work-around which allows you to download your full Apple Music library to your iOs device, all in one go.

May 20, 2018
An Updated Look At The SiriusXm App For iOS

In this podcast, Joseph Hodge revisits the SiriusXM app for iOS, and takes us through some of the changes and updated features that may be of interest. Get SiriusXM Radio on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siriusxm-radio/id317951436?mt=8

May 12, 2018
An Updated Look At The SiriusXm App For iOS

In this podcast, Joseph Hodge revisits the SiriusXM app for iOS, and takes us through some of the changes and updated features that may be of interest. Get SiriusXM Radio on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siriusxm-radio/id317951436?mt=8

May 12, 2018
Mass Times for Travel: Find Catholic Churches and Worship Times Worldwide

In this podcast, Merisa gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Mass Times for Travel, a free iOS app that helps Catholics get to Mass by helping them find churches and worship times worldwide.

Developed by MASSTIMES.ORG!, the app contains what it claims is the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence.

May 11, 2018
Mass Times for Travel: Find Catholic Churches and Worship Times Worldwide

In this podcast, Merisa gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Mass Times for Travel, a free iOS app that helps Catholics get to Mass by helping them find churches and worship times worldwide.

Developed by MASSTIMES.ORG!, the app contains what it claims is the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence.

May 11, 2018
A Demonstration Of Setting Up And Using Apple's HomePod

In February 2018 Apple launched the HomePod, its foray into the smart home speaker market. In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher walks us through the process of setting up the device, managing its settings from the Home app on his iPhone, and some basics on how to use the device, by voice, touch and from the iPhone.
For more on HomePod, check out Serina Gilbert's review at https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessories-apple-opinion-reviews/homepod-... and our in depth discussion with Dave Nason, Serina Gilbert and Alison Hartley on AppleVis Extra 54 at https://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-54-verdict-homepod

May 08, 2018
A Powerful Terminology Dictionary At Your Fingertips

In this podcast, Lysette Chaproniere walks us through Terminology Dictionary, an iOS app for word lovers. It is a powerful English language dictionary, thesaurus and research tool, and is free with optional paid upgrades. Get Terminology Dictionary on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/terminology-dictionary/id687798859?mt=8&...

May 06, 2018
A Walkthrough of Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iOS

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher takes us through the popular Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app for iOS and Apple Watch, an intelligent alarm clock which tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the most optimal time while you are in light sleep, making waking up feel natural. Sleep Cycle is a free app with optional subscription based upgrades. Get Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8

May 04, 2018
AppleVis Unleashed April 2018: In to Your Mind
Apr 30, 2018
Drafts 5 for iOS, Quickly Capture Text to Save, Copy, Share or Deep Link into Other Apps and Services

In this podcast, Lysette Chaproniere gives us an in-depth walk-through of Drafts 5, a feature rich and powerful text capturing tool for iOS.

This is just some of how the its developer describes the app:

Drafts lets you turn text into action – it’s a quick notebook, handy editor, and writing automation tool, all in one. Instead of tapping around other apps, capture in Drafts first. Open it and write right away, then do something useful with your words.

Drafts opens to a new page with the keyboard ready so you can type immediately. Go hands-free with Dictation, or ask Siri to "Create a note using Drafts".

Drafts is a launching-off point for text – use the actions to copy it, share it, or deep link into other apps and services. Compose a tweet or message, create a file in Dropbox, send a task off to Reminders – there are hooks into tons of your favorite apps.

New entries go into the Inbox. Once there, you can Tag them for organization, Flag them for importance, or Archive them for long-term storage.

Set up a text editing experience that’s perfect for you, with tons of interface adjustments like custom fonts and control over spacing, line height, and margins.

Use the customizable extended row above the keyboard to quickly convert, manipulate, and transform your writing. Make lists, use Markdown to get things just right.

Process your drafts quickly using unique features like Link Mode, Arrange Mode, and Focus Mode.

Drafts 5 is a free download from the App Store; with a monthly or annual subscription available to unlock some features.

For a comprehensive review of Drafts 5 and what's new and changed from the previous version, you may find this Mac Stories review helpful.

Apr 27, 2018
Huboodle Game Pack #3: Ludopalooza and Simon Says Tutorials

Following on from his general overview of the Huboodle app, Thomas Domville now digs a little deeper and takes us through another two of the games inside that app in more detail, Ludopalooza and Simon Says.

Get Huboodle on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/huboodle/id1281097173?mt=8&at=11l4LS

You may also be interested in Thomas' other podcasts on Huboodle: Huboodle Game Pack #1: Pirate Poker and Word Builder Tutorials
Huboodle Game Pack #2: Blackjack and Trivia Trail Tutorials

Apr 23, 2018
Get Current on the News with the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile

In this podcast, Abby gives us a walk-through of the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile iOS app from the National Federation of the Blind.

Are you unable to read a newspaper? Are you missing out on current events, news, and information? NFB-NEWSLINE® provides the text of over four hundred newspapers, fifty magazines, emergency weather alerts and seven day forecasts, personalized television listings, and now retail ads.

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled. It offers over four hundred publications to choose from, including ten national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today, sixteen breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC, and ESPN Online, fourteen international newspapers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, as well as fifty magazines like Reader’s Digest, Time, Everyday With Rachel Ray, Guideposts, PC World, Mac World, and more. For a complete list of available publications, please visit https://nfb.org/participating-newspapers.

To use this app, you must be a NFB-NEWSLINE® subscriber with a valid identification and security code. Eligible NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers may install and use this app on up to five devices. To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE® and how you can sign up, visit www.nfbnewsline.org, or call (866) 504-7300.

NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nfb-newsline-mobile/id530470425?mt=8&ign...

Apr 21, 2018
Huboodle Game Pack #2: Blackjack and Trivia Trail Tutorials

Following on from his general overview of the Huboodle app, Thomas Domville now digs a little deeper and takes us through another two of the games inside that app in more detail, Blackjack and Trivia Trail. Check back soon for more tutorials of the games inside Huboodle.
Get Huboodle on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/huboodle/id1281097173?mt=8

Apr 19, 2018
Huboodle Game Pack #1: Pirate Poker and Word Builder Tutorials

Following on from his general overview of the Huboodle app, Thomas Domville now digs a little deeper and takes us through two of the games inside that app in more detail, Pirate Poker and Word Builder. Stay tuned for coverage of more of these games in future podcasts.
Get Huboodle on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/huboodle/id1281097173?mt=8

Apr 17, 2018
Get Playing With The Huboodle Game Collection

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us an overview of Huboodle, a collection of fun and fully VoiceOver accessible games for iOS, all contained inside one app. While this podcast focuses on the app itself, stay tuned for more podcasts from Thomas, which will take us through each of the individual games currently available inside the Huboodle app.
Get Huboodle on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/huboodle/id1281097173?mt=8

Apr 15, 2018
A Sneak Peek At The Upcoming Echoes From Levia Game

In this podcast, William Lomas gives us a preview of Echoes From Levia, a role playing immersive audio adventure game from Cloverbit, which will be available soon for both Mac and iOS. Find out more about it at www.echoesfromlevia.com

Apr 14, 2018
An Overview and Demonstration of the English VoiceOver Voices Available on iOS

In this podcast, Cati gives us an overview and demonstration of the English voices available for VoiceOver users on iOS. Additionally, Cati demonstrates the process of downloading a voice.

Apr 13, 2018