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Posted on Tuesday 8 February 2011 by David Goodwin

Rumours about the impending launch of the iPad 2 and the release of iOS 4.3 appear to be converging.

There now appears to be a growing consensus that Apple will launch the iPad 2 on the 13th of February with iOS 4.3 coming one day later.

Macstories quotes a reliable source to support the above statement, adding that iOS 4.3 will be live by 1000 PST. iOS 4.3 will bring improved support for AirPlay, clean up the existing code and introduce iTunes app subscriptions that will...

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Posted on Tuesday 8 February 2011 by David Goodwin

The BBC are reported to be releasing their long-awaited iPlayer app this Thursday, February 10th.

For now there will only be an iPad version, but it is possible that a version for the iPhone might follow. The iPlayer app will also only be available in the United Kingdom for now.

It is reported that an app for BBC America will be released later this year, perhaps as early as July.

We can only hope that this app proves to be more accessible than the BBC's news app.

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Posted on Friday 4 February 2011 by David Goodwin

An updated version of the Chess-wise app has just been released that offers significantly improved accessibility for VoiceOver users.

The developer of this app has worked closely with a number of blind iDevice users, and early reports from the VIPhone mailing list indicate that this new version of the chess game is very accessible.

You can navigate the board using a one-finger swipe, or you can just slide one finger around the board and VoiceOver will announce the coordinates...

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Posted on Wednesday 26 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Bookshare have today posted the following information about their forthcoming iOS app:

"Our members talked, and we listened! Announcing the new Read2Go App, the DAISY reader for Bookshare on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Read2Go is an accessible e-book reader that was developed by Benetech (the parent nonprofit for Bookshare), in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co. Ltd (best known for its PLEXTALK® brand of digital talking book players).

Read2Go is the most full-...

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Posted on Tuesday 25 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Apple and their products feature prominently in the nominations for Blind Bargains' 4th Annual Access Awards..

The iPhone 4 appears in 2 categories; Best New Product Or Innovation and Best Hardware Product. VoiceOver is nominated for the title of Best Screen Access Program.

Apple itself is nominated for the title of Best Company, whilst the iPad goes up against the iPhone 4 for the crown of Best New Product Or Innovation.

You can view the nominations and cast your votes...

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Posted on Friday 21 January 2011 by David Goodwin

ITProPortal is reporting that the iPhone 5 may be launched on Monday the 6th of June 2011.

As with every launch of a new or updated Apple product, there is much speculation about the possible features of the next iPhone. ITProPortal reckon the most likely are that it will come with slightly reworked antenna, a new Cortex A5 processor with a new PowerVR-based core, a buttonless design and CDMA/GSM compatibility, as well as a white model being available at launch.

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Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Handelabra Studio has recently updated three of their apps to provide full VoiceOver support.

The apps are RE.minder, GAME.minder and Better Clock.

The first 2 of these are free, whilst Better Clock is 99 cents.

I've tested RE.minder...

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Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Apple have released to developers the second beta of iOS 4.3, as well as a new pre-release copy of Apple TV software designed to support the mobile operating system's new AirPlay feature for third-party programmers.

The first beta of iOS 4.3 introduced a personal hotspot control panel, new multitouch gestures for the iPad, and updated SMS alert settings. Resource files accompanying the release also provided hints at a handful of new iPad and iPhone models, as well as a potential "Find...

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Posted on Wednesday 19 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Microsoft has just released a OneNote app for the iPhone, and it's free "for a limited time".

As with the Windows Phone 7 app, the iPhone app will let you manage notes and shopping lists (and even add photos taken with the iPhone's camera), and then sync those with Windows Live SkyDrive so you can access them in either the Windows desktop application or its web-based counterpart.

The OneNote app is currently only available to US users. We are still waiting for reports on the...

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Posted on Thursday 13 January 2011 by David Goodwin

The introduction of multitouch gestures in the new iOS 4.3 will coincide with the removal of the only physical button present on the front of the iPad and the iPhone, sources close to the matter have told BGR.

The site adds that the iPad will be the first to lose the button and that the iPhone will be the next on the list; it is likely that the iPod Touch will follow suit.

Instead, multitouch gestures will be used to access the home screen and to launch the app switcher. It is...

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