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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by Scott Davert

Last edited by Scott Davert on October 8, 2019.

Can I use a braille display with my iOS Device? If so, which models are compatible?

Yes, any iOS Device that runs VoiceOver can support a large variety of Bluetooth braille displays. Common ones include Humanware's Brailliant line, the Focus displays from Vispero, and many other braille devices from Alva, Baum, HIMS, and other companies. Please see Apple…

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by mehgcap

Can My iOS Device Be a GPS?

Probably. If you have an iPhone or a cellular-capable iPad, then you can start using GPS apps right away. Owners of wifi-only iPads or all iPod Touch models do not have this luxury.

However, external GPS receivers do exist. Some connect via bluetooth, while others can plug into the Lightning port on your device. We have no direct experience with any of these systems, so the best we can do is tell you that our research shows they are out there.…

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by mehgcap

What is iTunes? Do I need it?

iTunes is a program made by Apple for Mac and Windows. It is a program for managing your iDevice's content, backups, and upgrades. As of iOS 5, iTunes is no longer required, except for putting music on your device and performing full, encrypted backups. You can activate, upgrade, and back up your iDevice using iCloud as of iOS5. If you are on Windows and still want iTunes, you can download it from Apple.com.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by mehgcap

Answering or Ending Calls

For the most part, you can both answer and end a call with one gesture: the two-finger double tap, also known as the "magic tap". Tap two fingers on the screen, then tap them again quickly. When you are receiving a call, this gesture will answer; when you are in a call, this gesture will end it. When ending a call, though, please note that you must remove the phone from your ear. This tells the phone to exit the mode where the touch screen is basically…

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by mehgcap

What Is This Rotor Thing?

The VoiceOver rotor is perhaps the most difficult aspect of VoiceOver to get used to because it is not a concept used in other screen readers. It is basically a way to use the same two gestures--up and down swipe with one finger--to perform multiple tasks. That is, an up or down swipe will do the action set in the rotor, and the rotor can be set at any point. The rotor is commonly used for reviewing text by word or character, changing the typing mode, and…

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by mehgcap

What is an iDevice?

Throughout this document, the term 'iDevice' is used to refer to a portable Apple device with a touch screen. This includes the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad product lines. When a specific device is mentioned, it is intentional. For instance, all iDevices have wifi, but only the iPhone and cellular-enabled iPad can access cellular networks. This is not an official term, but rather one adopted by the author for the sake of clarity.

What is iOS?

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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Chris Gilland
In this guide, I would like to cover how the IPhone 4 camera app works, as there are a few parts that are somewhat confusing. It's easy as pie once you know what's going on, but it's kind a tricky if you don't. This guide is not a tutorial to teach you how to properly aim nor take pictures in general. If you want to learn how to do that, with all do respect, look elseware, or get ahold of me privately on the message boards, and I'll try to help you. So, here we go. When you first bring up…
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Posted on Saturday, August 6, 2011 by mehgcap
If you have a BrailleNote Apex BT from Humanware and an iOS device running 4.0 or later, you can use the Apex to both view, in braille, what VoiceOver says and to type, in braille, when you are in any edit field. Below are the steps to pair the two devices. This assumes that bluetooth is enabled on both the iTouch and BrailleNote, that you have not tried to pair the devices before in any way, and that the device name of your BrailleNote Apex has not been changed. The device name can be viewed…
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Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by mehgcap

Thanks to Kevin Chao, I now have an easy way to convert Bookshare books to the EPub format that iBooks will accept. This assumes that you are on Windows (though I am sure the process is quite similar on a Mac), that you have a current Bookshare membership, and that the book you want to convert is in DAISY format, downloaded from Bookshare.

You will need:

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Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 by Deborah Armstrong
You listen to an Internet radio station on your Windows PC and would like to listen on your iDevice. Here's how: * The stream must be Mp3. It cannot be a flash, RealMedia or Windows media stream. Mp3 Streams usually are presented to your browser as either a .pls or an .M3U file. Real media stream files have an extension of .RAM and Windows Media streams have an extension of .ASX. To figure out which type of stream your station has, right-click on the link for Play and do Save target As. The…
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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

These quick troubleshooting notes are intended to help with situations where an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch has lost Internet connectivity for no apparent reason. This loss of Internet access can be especially disconcerting with Wi-Fi-only models of the iPad or the iPod Touch, where no alternative means of access like 3G or Edge are available. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback.

See If You're Connected

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Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011 by Esther
A variety of Bluetooth keyboards are now available for paired use with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Many of these are mini-keyboards with only a subset of the keys of the Apple Wireless Keyboard, or requiring the press of modifier keys like an "Fn" key to activate alternate functions. You can have VoiceOver announce these key functions by entering keyboard help mode or by visiting the practice gestures area of the Setting menu as an alternative to pressing the Control-Option-K keys on…
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 by mehgcap

There is a very accessible mail app built into iOS. However, there are a few things that it took me a bit to figure out, so I figured I would share my findings for anyone who has the same questions. Please note that I have only set up a GMail account, so I cannot say exactly how other account types will work, but the steps should be similar. Also, this is on an iPod Touch 4th generation running iOS 4.2.1 (latest as of Dec 30, 2010).

When you have created your account, you will be in…

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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 by justin T

In this guide, I will explain how to take a snapshot of any screen on your iPhone.

Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the screen on which you wish to take a picture. Examples may include: a Web page with a CAPTCHA for solona or an application that is inaccessible with VoiceOver.
  2. Press and hold the Home button, then, while holding, press and release the sleep/wake button. This will take a .jpeg immage of the current screen and place it in your camera role. From…
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Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 by Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Follow these steps to connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to a wireless network.

  1. Press the Home button to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  2. Double tap Settings.
  3. Double tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Flick right until you find the name of your wireless network. This is also known as the Secure Set Identifier (SSID). If your wireless network is unsecured, you'll be connected immediately. Although this might seem convenient, it is not recommended. Wireless networks…
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 by Unregistered User

This short guide shows how to rearrange app icons on your iOS device:

  1. First you need to do a double-tap and hold on the icon that you wish to move (make sure not to lift your finger after the second tap).
  2. Hold your finger on the screen until VoiceOver announces "moving <AppName>"
  3. Move your finger across the screen (making sure to keep your finger pressed to the screen whilst doing so). As you move your finger around the screen you will hear a 'click' sound.…
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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Casey

This guide describes the process of taking a picture and reading a document using Smart Scanner by Shape Services.

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Capturing a Document

Perform the following steps to take a picture of a document:

  1. Locate the button labeled “FullScanBtn”.
  2. Raze the iPhone about 8 inches above the paper.
  3. Move the iPhone so that…
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Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by KE7ZUM

This guide will show you how to rename a folder in iOS 4.

There are 2 ways to do this.

  1. Go to the folder name and double tap it.
  2. Double tap and hold any icon of any app in the folder.
  3. Double tap the folder name and edit.

or

  1. From the home screen double tap and hold the folder name until you hear "moving".
  2. Double tap the folder name until you hear a text edit.
  3. Edit, but be aware it will overwrite your work so it's best to…
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Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2010 by Florian

This guide explains how to make sure you won't be coming home to a huge phone bill after having used your iPhone for a while.

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When i first got my iPhone, I came from a symbian background, and I didn't have a data contract. I was a little bit skiddish around using 3g, hearing about the high amount of data the iPhone goes through just by being connected.

OK, on to the guide...

It's pretty simple really.

Double tap the Settings app, double…

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Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 by Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

This quick guide provides instruction in the two ways of stopping apps running on Apple iDevices running iOS 4. As of this writing, Aug. 19, 2010, only the iPod Touch, iPhone 3 G S and iPhone 4 support multitasking with iOS 4.

We assume VoiceOver is enabled while following this guide, so VoiceOver gestures are used. If you are sighted, you may wish to turn off VoiceOver and use standard gestures before proceeding.

There are two ways to close running apps. Each method has…

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