Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas, Day 11

Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas, Day 11

This is the eleventh post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

For the eleventh request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

11. A Customizable Rotor for VoiceOver Navigation in macOS

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Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 1

Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 1

It's that time of year again - another year over and a new one just around the corner! Christmas and several Apple keynotes have all come and gone, and we are now into the 12 Days of Christmas.

This is the first post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. To read last year's requests, just click or tap this link.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 7

Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 7

This is the seventh post in a 12 part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.

For the seventh request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

7. An Expanded Siri for watchOS

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Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 5

Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 5

This is the fifth post in a 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.

For the fifth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

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Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 3

Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 3

This is the third post in a 12 part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.

For the third request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

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AWT News Update: July 30, 2015

AWT News Update: July 30, 2015

We have an extra goodie in the AWT News Update today. Not only do you have today's news, but Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen provided us with a tip for Think Different Thursday:

  • Apple is leasing space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood
  • The "Spaceship" headquarters building being constructed in Cupertino right now will have a visitor's center
  • USB Type-C is on its way to being more widely accepted
  • Think Different Thursday: Mono Audio

The written version of the news can be found below!

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Accessible Apple - VoiceOver Remote Control and other exciting updates

Accessible Apple - VoiceOver Remote Control and other exciting updates

As many of you may have noticed, I've been awfully quiet up here at Apple World Today. But, before we get down to talking about what I've been up to, I'd like to take the opportunity to reassure you, my readers, that the Accessible Apple and Think Different Thursday columns will be returning to Apple World Today on a normal schedule within the week.

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AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

  • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
  • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
  • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
  • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
  • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
  • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service
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Accessible Apple: An interview with Laura Legendary about the intersection of fashion and accessibility

Accessible Apple: An interview with Laura Legendary about the intersection of fashion and accessibility

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with Laura Legendary, cofounder of Fashionability and owner of Elegant Insights Braille Creations, about her opinion of the Apple Watch and its implications in the fashion industry. She is a speaker, author, and educator specializing in disability awareness, advocacy, accessibility, and assistive technology. You can read a transcript of our conversation below:

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Workaround Enables Some Accessibility Features on Apple Watch Demo Units with Just One Command

Workaround Enables Some Accessibility Features on Apple Watch Demo Units with Just One Command

Last week, I wrote an article detailing how the Apple Store table-top demo Apple Watches would not allow customers to enable accessibility features. While Apple is still working on implementing an official solution to this problem, a new workaround allows for many accessibility features to be enabled right now.

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Accessible Apple: How the Apple TV could replace cable boxes and improve accessibility for all

Accessible Apple: How the Apple TV could replace cable boxes and improve accessibility for all

Back in November of 2010, Apple released a minor software update to the then two-month old Apple TV 2, enabling VoiceOver and enhancing the overall accessibility of the device. As I noted in my initial review of the device, adding VoiceOver was a big advancement for accessibility in the home theatre landscape. Since then, projects like Plex Connect and VLC for iOS have taken advantage of Apple's universal access features to deliver all sorts of content to HDTVs with a surprising amount of accessibility. Apple has slowly but surely added new "official" channels to the Apple TV over the years as well, bringing even more content to the streaming box.

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Accessible Apple: How The Apple Watch Will Improve Security for the Visually Impaired

Accessible Apple: How The Apple Watch Will Improve Security for the Visually Impaired

Thefts of IOS devices are nothing new. The devices command a premium resale price and can be relatively easy to steal from unsuspecting commuters on public transit systems.

Indeed, it has become such a problem that Apple included "Activation Lock" starting in iOS 7, a feature that remotely disables iPhones so that they cannot be reactivated after they are reported stolen. This, together with "Find My iPhone" -- a web service that allows lost or stolen iOS devices to be tracked remotely -- forms the core of Apple's defence against would-be iPhone thieves.

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Accessible Apple: Introducing Alex Jurgensen

Accessible Apple: Introducing Alex Jurgensen

It's with a great deal of pride that we're introducing a new Apple World Today column along with a new columnist. The column is Accessible Apple, and as far as we know it's the first time that an Apple-centric website has featured a regular column about accessible computing. In his first post for AWT, Accessible Apple columnist Alex Jurgensen introduces himself:

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