IOS Resources
Updated: 2/12/19

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

Instructional videos on tips for using the blind and low vision
accessibility features of Apple devices

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

GPS /Navigation Assistance
I classify GPS products into 2 categories

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

Nearby explorer online (orientational) = Free (Similar to the above
paid version but does not provide onboard NavTek maps, intersection
information or turn by turn guidance)

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) = $
200 lifetime subscription

Blind Square (orientational) - $40 (calls out intersections as you approach, gives clock face/getting warmer directions and does breadcrumbing).

*Microsoft Sounscape (orientational) = Free (helps you locate nearby
points of interest using 3D sounds)

Clew = Free (Uses Augmented Reality to help retrace your steps in
unfamiliar environments)

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.

Public Transportation
* Moovit = Free (great for planning trips using public transit and
includes real time alerts for arriving busses and get off
announcements when your approaching your stop

* XT Bus = Free (get real-time bus arrival prediction based on the GPS
location of the bus)

* Access Services Where's my ride = Free (For registered riders of
Access Services in LA County)

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

EyeNote = Free (Only reads US currency)

*Seeing AI = Free (includes currency identifier)

Object recognition and remote visual assistance

* Seeing AI = Free

Envision AI = Free for 14 days trial then offers subscription plans

* Talking Goggles = 0.99

AIPoly Vision = Free

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

* Aira = offers some free services and requires subscription for full service (Visual interpretation and remote assistance from professionally trained agents).

* TapTapSee = Free

BeSpecular = Free

Barcode and Labeling

* Seeing AI = Free (includes an excellent barcode reader)

* DigitEyes = $9.99

* Target = Free

OCR (Optical character Recognition)

* Seeing AI = Free  (includes short text realtime reading, OCR document
and handwriting reading)

* KNFB Reader = $99

Prizmo = $9.95

Text Grabber = $5.95

Envision AI = Free 14 day trial then offers subscription plans (Real
time text reading and OCR document and handwriting reading)

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.


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)

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 =
$9.99 (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