iOS 12 Edition Released

January 7, 2019

I’m pleased to announce the release of iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (iOS 12 edition).. This is the sixth edition of my book, and it’s fully updated for iOS 12.1. The book has grown along with Apple’s mobile software – its 168,000 words, with a page count that varies, but that’s between 700 and 800 pages on many platforms. But more important than word or page count, iOS Access for All remains the most comprehensive iOS accessibility resource anywhere!

iOS Access for All guides you step-by-step through Apple tools designed or people with blindness, low-vision, hearing impairments, and motor disabilities. Readers also learn how to make the most of all apps included with iOS. You will also find reviews of over 100 outstanding App Store apps that happen to be accessible.

  • New chapter: For the iOS 12 edition, there’s a new chapter covering system-level iOS features. Some of this information was available for VoiceOv er users in earlier editions, but I’ve both added more system coverage, and broadened it out to be of value to all readers.
  • All the gestures: Whether your iOS device has a home button or not, or uses multitasking gestures or not, we’ve got you covered. If you’re confused about which gesture works with which device, and how you gestures vary when VoiceOver is on, don’t be.
  • Shortcuts: The Siri chapter now includes an introduction to the new Shortcuts app. As you’ll learn, you don’t need Siri to use shortcuts, but if you want to automate your life and gain accessibility benefits too, you can find out how in these pages.
  • Apps with new faces: Apple has updated a number of the apps it provides with iOS, In a few cases, that means accessibility improvements, too.
  • Right up-to-date: iOS 12 has been characterized as a performance upgrade. Though it only includes a few new accessibility features, you’ll find them all described here, along with new and updated features that touch your accessible iOS experience.

Get the book in ePub format for $25US from this site. You can also purchase it from the Apple Books Store. A PDF version is coming soon. This site has lots more info, including a sample chapter, complete table of contents and testimonials from readers. And read my Welcome post.


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About the Book

From the VoiceOver screen reader, and support for hearing aids and closed captioning, Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, includes features that make it easy for people with a wide range of disabilities to use the company’s popular iDevices. iOS Access for All is the most thorough, hands-on guide to iOS accessibility available. Readers will learn how to set up and use an iOS device in an accessible way, and how to get the most from the suite of apps provided by Apple, and the thousands more that are available from the App Store. The book also introduces mainstream iOS tools, including the Siri voice assistant, that weren’t designed for accessibility, but that nonetheless enhance the productivity and pleasure of disabled users.

About the Author

Shelly Brisbin is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her career in tech journalism spans 30 years, 18 books, hundreds of articles for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade magazines and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company, Powered, Inc. She currently covers low-vision technology for AccessWorld Magazine. You can hear her talk tech on The Parallel and Maccessibility Roundtable and lots of other podcasts.

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