Software Updates

Technology is constantly being improved and updated. The Software Update page will help you stay up-to-date with the latest available software features and enhancements as well as what to expect in a future software release. Check here to see what the experts say about accessibility improvements and issues – before you update your device!

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Screen Recorder: iOS 11 Feature

iOS 11 has several new features, including the Screen Recorder feature. The screen recorder feature enables you to capture of video recording of what you are doing on your iPhone or iPad - the video...
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New VoiceOver Gestures with the iPhone X

The iPhone X is now available - without the Home button.  So how do you perform the actions that used to be done with the Home button? Side button replacing Home button commands Unlock Phone:...
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New Features for the iPhone X

The highly anticipated iPhone X is now available. What makes this phone unique? First, let's take a look at the physical design. The iPhone X screen encompasses the entire screen creating a sleeker...
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What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display features are listed at the end of the video....
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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two Magnifier bugs that are easily resolved...
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Firefox update not compatible with JAWS - yet

On Nov. 14, 2017, Mozilla is expected to release Firefox Quantum (Firefox 57). This update brings faster and significantly better performance; however, this first version of Firefox Quantum will NOT...
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What's new in iOS 11 Accessibility

There are numerous accessibility features in iOS 11 that have rarely been discussed. Scott Davert, blogger for AppleVis, thoroughly examines iOS 11 accessibility features and improvements and shares...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user interface. There will be updates to Narrator as...
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macOS 10.13 High Sierra software update: VoiceOver

The AppleVis team often writes about the accessibility of software updates. The recent (September 27, 2017) High Sierra update includes a number of improvements, changes, bug fixes and a few new bugs...
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Located Purchased Apps in iOS 11: VoiceOver Bug

There are times that I have purchased an app and found that it was not what I needed or that I no longer use that app regularly. As an educator, I have lots of educational apps for various levels of...
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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who depend on their iOS devices for work,...
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Instructions on how to use new features of iOS 11

You have heard the buzz about iOS 11 with the "new dock", "new Control Center", "multitasking", and "split View", but what are these things? Below is a quick video that explains these new features...
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Accessibility of iPhone X (Face ID and no Home button)

Each year, Apple showcases their new products at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event.  During the 2017 WWDC, which is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple announced three new...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all Microsoft devices. Internet Explorer was...
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Apple's Videos about iOS 11

In preparation for the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple has created a series of videos introducing new iOS 11 features.   The Dock has new features including the ability to quickly access recenty...
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NVDA 2017.3 Updates

NVDA, a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has recently released their third update for 2017.  This update includes contracted Braille input, Windows 10 OCR for reading pictures with text,...
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New VoiceOver Voices in iOS 11

Tired of robotic-sounding screen reader voices?  Try out these new VoiceOver/Siri voices that will be available in iOS 11.  Which ones do you like?  
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TextGrabber: Is the Update Worth Grabbing?

On June 23rd, TextGrabber by ABBYY was updated with some new features as well as bug fixes.  As an app promotion, it was free for a limited time, but is now available for $0.99, which almost makes...
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iOS 11 Review

On June 5th, Apple hosted their annual World Wide Developer Conference where they unveiled the latest iterations of macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iOS. In this post, I want to cover some of the biggest...
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Sendero's iPhone GPS App Update

Sendero Press Release June 14, 2017 Thanks to continued underwriting from Guide Dogs NSW ACT Australia and a federal grant from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and...