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Apple Watch accessibility, “sort of” confirmed.

AppleVis.com has written a blog post on Apple Watch accessibility where sources found thatTim Cook stated that the Apple Watch would have accessibility features included, such as VoiceOver. Sources at iMore also discovered that the WatchKit APIs for developers contains things like accessibility labels for buttons, which suggests VoiceOver support for the watch. 

This combined with the taptic feedback engine make the Apple Watch an amazing device for blind and low vision users.

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How To: Fix Your iOS 8 Bugs for good!

iOS 8 Logo
iOS 8 Logo

So Apple has just released its anticipated version of its Mobile operating system, iOS 8. With this release came many new amazing features along with some new and annoying bugs. Many have decided to wait on iOS 8 for the bugs to be fixed, but the bugs are really not that big of a deal to fix. In this article, we will show you how to fix many of these bugs.

Backup

Before continuing, please backup your device to iTunes or to iCloud.

Backup to iTunes

  1. Connect your device to iTunes
  2. Find your device and click it to bring up the Details screen.
  3. press Sync. iTunes should do this upon seeing your device, but this will make sure that your device is backed up.

Backing up to iCloud

  1. On your iOS device, go to Settings -> iCloud -> Backup
  2. Tap on Backup Now

Resetting your device

The best way to fix iOS bugs is to just simply reset your device. This will erase all content and settings, but it will make sure that iOS is running the way Apple Programmed it. As you use your iOS device over time, files and scripts get lodged in memory, and just like with Windows, your device starts to work strangely. This typically causes the problems after updating to iOS 8 To restore your device:

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Reset all content and settings.
  2. Type in your device’s pin and password. 
  3. wait for the device to reset.
  4. Once restore is complete, you may run the device setup, and restore from iCloud, or set your phone/iPad up as a new device. This will ensure that your device works efficiently. You can always download your apps and purchases from iTunes with iCloud. iCloud Drive will keep your documents that are in each app such as your Pages documents.

Conclusion

While the iOS 8 bugs are causing a lot of problems, it is possible for users to use their devices effectively after doing a reset. Perhaps if Apple would have given developers more time to work with the betas that were not released for a month, these bugs could have been reported and fixed.

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Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver – Free iBook!

Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver
Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver

Last week a great free iBook was released called, “Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver.” This book covers strategies for using the Macintosh with the trackpad to make the computer behave like a standard iPhone would. This book is very straight forward, and is great for all readers. If you are interested in learning the Mac with VoiceOver, then you should definitely pick up this book from iBooks. After all, it is free, and it is a great book.

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Quick Tip: Quickly Charge your iPhone.

iPad 12V Charger
iPad 12V Charger

Everyone on the internet will offer you the fastest way to charge your phone blog posts, but we want to actually give some useful information that you may have not yet heard.

Airplane Mode

You can charge your phone faster if it is in airplane mode. You will not receive calls while airplane mode is active however, so make sure you do this when you are not expecting to receive calls or have anything pressing that requires you to be online. Airplane mode disables all of your phone’s radios at once.

The Apple iPad 12V USB charger.

Apple makes a 12 volt charger for the iPad that also works for your phone. These adapters are $19 from the Apple Store, and they will charge your phone in about 1 hour. If you have airplane mode on as well, then your phone will charge even faster.

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Quick Tip: Enable Accessibility at setup

Picture of iOS setupos setup voiceover zoom i
Picture of iOS setupos setup voiceover zoom i

If you purchase a new iOS device, you can turn on VoiceOver by pressing the home button 3 times, or you may turn on zoom by taping twice on the screen with three fingers. These tips only work when you are first setting up your device.

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Quick tip: Spotlight Search

Have you ever wanted to find anything on your iOS device? There is a simple way to search for anything on your device and beyond.

With VoiceOver

  1. Make sure you are at your home screen
  2. Tap an icon on your home screen
  3. Swipe down with three fingers to bring down Spotlight Search
  4. Use the keyboard to type your search

Without VoiceOver

  1. Make sure you are at your home screen
  2. swipe down with one finger. Make sure you are not at the top of the screen or Notification Center will come down instead.
  3. Use the keyboard to search your device.

Once you start typing, iOS will start suggesting search results. you can then tap the return button to hide the keyboard.

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