We're thrilled to announce that the voting for the 2023 inductees into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame is now open, marking the twelfth year of this esteemed event. Our Hall of Fame is a way for our community to honor developers who are committed to making their apps fully accessible to blind and low vision users. The inductees transform lives, empower individuals, provide invaluable information, and bring joy and entertainment to users. They represent the very best in accessible iOS applications, and we are excited to have the AppleVis community select the next inductees.
In order to be eligible for induction, an app must satisfy the following conditions:
- Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users
- Come from a developer who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to full accessibility of their app(s)
- Demonstrate excellence in design, functionality, and operation
- Have been available in the App Store and fully accessible for a significant period of time
- Be under active development
In short, the Hall of Fame showcases the best of the best in accessible iOS applications, as decided by the AppleVis community.
Existing inductees include BARD Mobile, Be My Eyes, Blind Legend, BlindSquare, Dice World, Envision AI, NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile, Seeing AI, Timecrest, Voice Dream Reader, and Weather Gods. Check out the full list on the Hall of Fame page.
Below are the nominees for the 2023 induction into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. The two nominees with the highest number of votes will be inducted.
Apollo for Reddit
Apollo is an award-winning Reddit app that offers a sleek and user-friendly interface for browsing and engaging with the Reddit community. With a variety of customization options, including a dark mode and different font styles, Apollo allows users to tailor their Reddit experience to their preferences. The app also includes features such as quick access to popular subreddits, advanced search options, and the ability to save posts and comments for later viewing.
Read more about Apollo for Reddit
Backpack Studio is a professional-level audio recording and production app. It offers a range of tools and features that allow users to create high-quality recordings, edit and mix audio, and add effects and music to their projects. The app includes a range of built-in virtual instruments and drum machines, as well as support for external MIDI devices. Backpack Studio also includes advanced features such as multi-track recording, automation, and support for third-party plugins.
Read more about Backpack Studio
Evidence 111 is a detective audio game. Set in the small town of Farnham, England, in 1985, players take on the role of Chief Inspector Alice Wells who receives a mysterious phone call while on duty. The game features outstanding voice acting performances and is created in binaural audio, making it blind-friendly. Players use intuitive swipe gestures to control the game and can choose their own path, resulting in up to 10 alternate endings.
GoodMaps Explore offers accurate indoor and outdoor information and navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired. The app provides location-aware updates on immediate surroundings, including customizable location notifications such as current direction, nearest room, street, and points of interest. Users can save any POI as a favorite and create their own outdoor favorite POIs, and set them as a destination for quick access. The app also offers indoor directions for independent travel and a Lookaround feature that provides direction-based discovery of nearby POIs. Additionally, users can access virtual mode to explore the surroundings of a specific POI before physically going there. GoodMaps Explore also offers integration with Be My Eyes for live visual assistance and the ability to sign in to access restricted buildings.
Read more about GoodMaps Explore
lire: RSS Reader
Lire is a sleek and intuitive app designed for reading and managing RSS feeds. With a simple and elegant interface, Lire allows users to easily add and organize their favorite websites and blogs, and stay up-to-date with their latest content. The app features a clean reading view, customizable themes, and a variety of sharing options. Lire also offers seamless integration with popular services like Pocket, Instapaper, and Feedly, making it a versatile and convenient tool for keeping track of news and updates across the web.
Read more about lire: RSS Reader
ReVision Fitness offers a fitness program designed to be accessible for both sighted and visually impaired individuals at any level of fitness. Developed by Tyler Merren, a blind personal trainer and 4-time Paralympic athlete, the app offers audio-based lessons, workouts, and fitness plans with clockface directions, reference points, and step-by-step instructions to teach proper mechanics for any exercise. The app includes beginner and advanced levels, options for working out with music and without, and provides general guides and schedules for various fitness goals.
Read more about ReVision Fitness
Sonar Islands is a multiplayer online game where players explore various islands, search for hidden treasures, and overcome obstacles. The game emphasizes audio experiences, as all relevant events happen in the player's ears. Each island presents unique challenges, such as navigating a jungle with tree traps, avoiding lava flows on a volcano island, and dealing with wind and mosquitoes on a treetop island. Players must also fortify their islands and attempt to take gold from opponents while playing various mini-games.
Supersense - AI for Blind
Supersense is an innovative app that uses AI technology to assist visually impaired individuals in their daily lives. The app provides a range of features such as object and text recognition, color detection, and barcode scanning, all of which are designed to help users navigate their environment with greater ease and independence. Supersense uses audio feedback to describe the objects and text it detects, allowing users to understand their surroundings without relying on sight. The app also includes customizable settings and support for multiple languages.
Read more about Supersense - AI for Blind
Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure
Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure is an app that allows players to immerse themselves in an epic fantasy world. The game features an engaging storyline and a wide range of characters, enemies, and environments to explore. Players can collect and upgrade weapons, armor, and spells as they progress through the game, and can also team up with other players to tackle challenges and compete in battles. With its VoiceOver support and intuitive controls, Swordy Quest offers a rich and immersive gaming experience for fans of RPGs and fantasy adventure.
Read more about Swordy Quest: An RPG Adventure
Voice Reader Speech Central
Voice Reader Speech Central is a text-to-speech app that allows users to listen to a wide range of documents and formats, including PDFs, web articles, eBooks, and more. The app boasts advanced artificial intelligence that can detect footnotes, headers, citations, and web links, ensuring uninterrupted reading flow. It also features a wide selection of options to customize voice, appearance, and various other parameters. Other notable features include annotation tools, the ability to import text from physical books with the camera, and an Apple Watch app that can play content independently of the main app.
Read more about Voice Reader Speech Central
Is your preferred app or game not shortlisted?
If your preferred app or game is not shortlisted, we're offering the option to select "Other" when casting your vote. Doing so will present you with a text field where you can enter the name of an app or game that is your personal choice for induction. Please carefully consider whether it satisfies the requirements set out above and view the list of existing inductees to ensure that your choice hasn't already been inducted.
Contest Rules and How to Cast Your Vote
Voting is open to all blind and low vision members of our community who are not employees of any of the shortlisted developers. Only one vote per person is permitted. To cast your vote, you will need to be logged in to the AppleVis website. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one now, and then come back to this page to cast your vote. The voting form is at the end of this post, but it will only be displayed to logged-in users.
Voting will close on May 20, 2023, at 20:00 UTC.