Posting this in iOS apps, but a MacOS app would also be great.
Many blind and low vision people with retinitis pigmentosa, myself included, meet weekly in an IRC chat room. However, there don't seem to be any VoiceOver-compatible IRC chat apps. People in the RP community who depend on screen readers are feeling left out.
The most widely used IRC chat app appears to be Colloquy. I tried it on MacOS and suspect it has the same VoiceOver issue on iOS, namely that focus is either in the message entry box or the conversation box, but not in both at the same time. If you type a message, VoiceOver does not read incoming messages from others.
It seems like it would be pretty straightforward for an experienced app developer to slap together a quick and dirty chat app that reads incoming messages using Apple's speech API regardless of whether the user is actively typing a message or not.
I have my own solution for chat - I use Terminal on MacOS with the Epic5 command-line chat app. But I've worked with Linux systems for years, and I don't think the average person is going to want to bite off installing HomeBrew and familiarizing themselves with the shell, so this is not a solution for the average user.
If any kind-hearted app developer would like to develop an accessible IRC chat app, I can promote it in the RP community. I can't promise a ton of sales, but I'll do what I can.