June 22, 2011
At first glance, the iPhone certainly does not seem friendly to the visually impaired. The sleek glass front and minimalist buttons almost seem to shun those unable to receive visual input. But first impressions are not always accurate, and the iPhone has proven this by becoming a powerful and life-changing tool for the visually impaired. None of this would be possible without prior planning from Apple. All iDevices and Mac computers come with a free and revolutionary built-in feature called VoiceOver. Enabling VoiceOver is easy. From the Settings menu select General> Accessibility> VoiceOver> On. With the tap of a switch the iPhone will read the screen, and supply options with amazing accuracy. Apple encourages all app developers to take advantage of VoiceOver technology and many have by creating applications that not only provide entertainment, but also offer the visually impaired a new level of independence. Our AppList for the Visually Impaired features applications that read money, see colors, sense light, organize, explore the world, entertain and more. AppAdvice would like to thank Author and Blogger Austin Seraphin, whose advice and input were invaluable to our research.