IOS Resources

The following are some resources that should be helpful to those who are new to, or want to become more proficient in the use of an IOS Device. I've also included a list of apps that I have found to be helpful to me in my daily life as well as clients I've worked with over several years

Set up an Apple ID

iPhone user guide

VoiceOver Guide

VoiceOver Easy - online customized tutorials

AppleVis, a great source for learning more about iPhone accessibility and apps

VIPhone Mailing list on Google Groups

Helpful articles from AppleVis for those who are new to IOS devices.

Getting Started with the iPhone and other helpful publications from the National Braille Press

Helpful Apps

Please note that the apps preceded by a * are the ones I highly recommend. Also, app developers sometimes have sales or change the price of their apps so the prices I've listed may be different from the listing you see in the App Store.

Learning and improving the use of
VoiceOver gestures
* VO Tutorial = Free

VO Starter = $0.99

Staying informed
NFB Newsline = Free (requires registration with NFB Newsline program)


Blind Bargains = Free

Sero = Free

VIA (from Braille Institute) = Free

GPS /Navigation Assistance
I classify GPS products into 2 catagories
1. Orientational - gives information about nearby addresses, streets/intersections and points of interest (POIs).
i.e. similar to what a graphical map provides to sighted people.
2. Guided - gives traditional turn by turn directions from point of origin to destination.

Nearby Explorer (orientational/guided) - (requires at least 4Gb of free space for onboard maps) = $79.95

Seein Eye GPS from Sendero Group (orientational/guided) = 1 month free
trial then costs $9.99 for 1 month subscription, $69.95 for 1 year subscription

Seeing Eye GPS XT (same features as above) = $400 lifetime subscription

Blind Square (orientational) - 29.95 (calls out intersections as you approach, gives clock face/getting warmer directions and does breadcrumbing).

iMove (orientational) = Free (good for address finding)

Ariadne GPS (orientational) = $5.99 (good for address finding)

Google Maps (guided) = Free

overTHERE! (orientational)
Great for locating points of interests, addresses and intersections
tagged in Google Places.

Money Identifiers
NantMobile Money Reader = Free (reads US and several International currencies)

EyeNote = Free (Only reads US currency)

Object recognition and remote visual assistance
Talking Goggles = 0.99

AIPoly Vision = Free

Be My Eyes = Free (connects you with a sighted volunteer via video
conference for remote visual assistance)

TapTapSee = Free

BeSpecular = Free

CrowdViz = Pay per use remote visual assistance

Barcode and Labeling
DigitEyes = $9.99

Target = Free

OCR (Optical character Recognition)
KNFB Reader = $99

Prizmo = $9.95

Text Grabber = $5.95

To get the best results from OCR apps you should purchase
Fopydo scanning stand for the blind or if you want to read books as well as documents.

A great website that has detailed info on other
available scanning stand solutions

eBook and Digital book reading
BARD Mobile = Free (Only available to subscribers registered with NLS)

iBooks = Free

Kindel (Amazon) = Free

Nook (Barne's and Noble) = Free

Learning Ally = Free (only available to subscribers registered with Learning Ally Link (formerly known as RFB andD)

Read2go = $19.99 (Requires BookShare membership)

* Voice Dream Reader = $14.99 (can be used to read BookShare books open epub books and listen to Blind

Mice descriptive Movies on your iPhone (without using iTunes)

Recording apps
Pocket Recorder, an accessible audio recorder = 9.99