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AppleVis Podcast

AppleVis is the leading online resource for blind and low vision users of Apple products. Our podcast includes demos, guides, interviews, roundtables and more; all intended to help you get the most from your Apple device.

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A Sneak Peek at the Additional Non-US English Voices Coming to VoiceOver In iOS 16

In this follow-up podcast to his sneak peak at the US voices, Thomas Domville gives us a quick look at some of the other English voices coming to VoiceOver later this year with iOS 16.AustraliaKaren (Premium)MatildaIndiaIshaSangeetaVeenaScotlandFionaUKEloquenceEddyFloGrandmaGrandpaReedRockoSandyShellySerina (Premium)StephanieNoveltyAlbertBad NewsBahhBellsBoingBubblesCelloGood NewsJesterOrganSuper StarTrinoidsWhistlerWobbleZarvoxWhile we do not traditionally share demos of pre-release software because features and functionality can and do change during the beta cycle, we are making an exception in this situation because of the excitement surrounding the arrival of Eloquence on Apple platforms.

10 Jun 2022

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A Sneak Peek at the Additional US Voices Coming to VoiceOver In iOS 16

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a quick look at some of the US voices coming to VoiceOver later this year with iOS 16.AgnesAva (new “premium” version)BruceEloquenceEddyFloGrandmaGrandpaReedRockoSandyShellyEvanJoelleJuniorKathyNathanNoelRalphVickizoeWhile we do not traditionally share demos of pre-release software because features and functionality can and do change during the beta cycle, we are making an exception in this situation because of the excitement surrounding the arrival of Eloquence on Apple platforms.

9 Jun 2022

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AppleVis Extra #86: Recapping Apple's WWDC 2022 Keynote

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville, Alex Hall, and Tyler Stephen get together to discuss Apple's WWDC 2022 Keynote.

7 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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AppleVis Unleashed May 2022: Can You Say Dongles?

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Apple Previews New Accessibility Features Coming Later This Year, Including Door Detection and More Languages, Locales, and Voices for VoiceOverEnd of an era: Apple's last iPod has been discontinuedEU edges towards laws that could blow Apple's walled garden wide openHeads Up: iPhone apps can now increase subscription prices without permissionThis Month News Update on iOS 15 and 16Say It Isn't So: Apple to Finally Ditch the Lightning Port in iPhone 15 in Favor of USB-CApple's mixed reality headset is Coming CloserOther Hardware News Update to Watch ForNotes of interest from Apple's Q2 2022 earnings report and conference callWhat's in this month AppleVis NewsLinks:Apple Previews New Accessibility Features Coming Later This Year, Including Door Detection and More Languages, Locales, and Voices for VoiceOverEnd of an era: Apple's last iPod has been discontinuedEU edges towards laws that could blow Apple's walled garden wide openiPhone apps can now increase subscription prices without permissionHere is everything new in iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5Apple isn’t done with iOS 15 and macOS 12 yetiOS 16 public beta 1 expected later than usual due to ‘buggy’ softwareApple to Finally Ditch the Lightning Port in iPhone 15 in Favor of USB-CAirPods, MagSafe Battery Pack, and Other Apple Accessories Also to Switch to USB-C in FutureApple's mixed reality headset has been shown to the board as it nears releaseApple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With DesignNew HomePod launching in late 2022 or early 2023, says KuoSecond-Generation AirPods Pro Rumored to Launch This Fall, New AirPods Max Colors…

1 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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Mixonset, your Smart DJ for Music Streaming

In this podcast, Orinks gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Mixonset, an iOS app that offers to be your smart DJ with support for locally stored music and a number of music streaming services.Description from the App Store:Want to have a personal DJ? Try Mixonset. Mix the best part of your favourite songs with smooth transitions on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, SoundCloud Free & local MP3s.Mixonset - mix the right part of the right song with seamless transitionsElevate your playlists into beatmatched mixes with Mixonset, your Smart DJ for music streaming. No knowledge or preparation is needed - just connect your favorite music library and start mixing. It’s perfect for all occasions, whether it’s a house party, workout, road trip, or you just love mixes.Powered by award-winning AI technology, Mixonset helps you Smart Mix, beatmatch, discover and curate music like a DJ. Welcome to the future of streaming.SMART MIXMixonset's Smart Mix™ technology uses world-class AI to improve the music experience by doing what a professional DJ does in a DJ set in real-time:Queue optimization based on BPM and energy levelAI identifies the 1-2 minute highlight of each trackAI crossfades your track seamlessly into the next trackCrossfade melodies, vocals, drums, bass lines automaticallyTime stretches and pitch shiftsBeatmatched auto mixes generated by Artificial IntelligenceFILL THE GAPSExpand your playlist with boosted music discovery to discover 10 times moreChoose between adding 20%, 50%, 100% or 300% suggestionsFill the gaps suggestions are smart queuedCreate a whole new mixtape from the songs you already loveMUSIC FILTERSFilter songs by energy, BPM and similar artistsOther filters include: recent songs, offline songs, and filtering out explicit songsINTERFACEInstead of a complicated turntable, Mixonset looks and feels like a regular music player with a twist – the purple dot is where the song mixes!Orbital Player gives you a taste of the future of musicEnjoy your mix on set anywhere you go, just plug and play!INTEGRATIONSSpotify Premium: Millions of tracks and your favorite playlists (Spotify Premium only)TIDAL: Millions of HiFi tracks and your favorite playlists (TIDAL Premium/HiFi only)SoundCloud Free: Mix with 200 million tracks with your SoundCloud Free account (Go+ tracks currently unavailable)Apple Music: Partial support with incomplete catalogueLocal Music Library: Mix and beatmatch local tracksSMART MUSIC LIBRARY“Heart” your favorite songs to save them to your Liked SongsFind my Vibe to automatically create music mixesCreate your own custom mixtapesGenerate and save song radios based on song vibesSwitch song queues seamlesslyAWARD-WINNING AUDIO ANALYSISBPM and beat detectionEnergy level detectionPRO FEATURES…

23 May 2022

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Quick Tip: How to Enable Audio Descriptions for the TV app and Safari on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS

In this podcast, Tyler demonstrates how to enable audio descriptions for the TV app, as well as for videos on supported websites in Safari on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

8 May 2022

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AppleVis Unleashed April 2022: Word of the Month is Graupel

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Introduction (00:00:00)What you can Expect from the Upcoming Apple iOS 15.5 (00:08:41)How the Upcoming EU Ruling Could Mandate Significant Changes to Apple and Google (00:14:41)Apple Launches Service Program for 'Blank Screen Issue' Affecting Apple Watch Series 6 (00:29:10)Hold On! Could We See More Sports Related News Coming for Apple TV+? (00:39:17)More Information What We May See in the Upcoming iOS 16 ((00:45:36)New Apple Watch Features We're Expecting Later This Year (00:52:52)More News on the Upcoming iPhone 14 (00:56:29)What's in this month AppleVis News (01:05:48)MailBag (01:01:16:09)Closing (01:09:22)Links:Everything New in iOS 15.5 Beta: Apple Classical References, Apple Pay Cash Updates and MoreUpcoming EU Ruling Could Mandate Significant Changes to App Store, iMessage, MoreThings are about to get very interesting for the iPhone’s charging portApple Launches Service Program for 'Blank Screen Issue' Affecting Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch blank screen: How to check free fix eligibilityApple could have already inked NFL Sunday Ticket dealApple TV+ Looking to Acquire Media Rights to Major League SocceriOS 16 and watchOS 9 to bring major upgrades at WWDC 2022New Apple Watch Features We're Expecting Later This YearThe iPhone 14 lineup might be the most expensive everiPhone 14 could get a selfie feature you'd be surprised iPhones didn't already haveStandard iPhone 14 to Miss Out on 48MP Camera and A16 Chip, Satellite Connectivity Features Could Launch This YeariPhone 14 may include satellite emergency texting and SOSClew MapsYou can email the Unleashed team with feedback or questions…

29 Apr 2022

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AppleVis Extra #85: Hema Natarajan Discusses the Upcoming Bookshare Reader Suite for Web, Mobile, and Smart Speaker

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville and Scott Davert are joined by Hema Natarajan, product manager at Benetech, the parent company of Bookshare.Bookshare is an ebook library that currently has 1,097,526 titles and is the most extensive collection of accessible ebooks in the world. It includes books for school, career, and reading pleasure, as well as titles in over 34 languages.Hema, is excited to introduce us to Bookshare's upcoming suite of free reading tools: Bookshare Reader for Web, Bookshare Reader for iOS, Bookshare Reader for Android, and Bookshare Reader for Alexa. This suite of free tools, available summer 2022, will make reading accessible books easier than ever before.Bookshare Reader for the Web is currently in private testing in select school districts across the US. Bookshare Reader for the Web and the mobile app will be available to the public in summer 2022.Bookshare Reader for Smart Speaker is currently in beta release and only available to Bookshare Individual Members. Find it in the Alexa App store.Further information on Bookshare's upcoming suite of free reading tools is available at https://blog.bookshare.org/2022/03/benetech-unveils-bookshare-reader-suite/

5 Apr 2022

Rank #8

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AppleVis Unleashed March 2022: Chili, Fritos, and Wings

In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Introduction (00:00:00)Post Discussion of Everything Apple announced at its March 8 event (00:06:36)Apple rolls out iOS 15.4 & iPadOS 15.4 with Face ID update, Universal Control (00:22:33)Apple Makes Fitness+ Workouts More Accessible to Blind and Low Vision Subscribers With the Addition of Audio Hints That Supplement Trainer's Spoken Instructions (00:34:24)Surprising Update News in What you May Expect on the New Upcoming iPhone 14 (00:36:55)Apple Developing Hardware Subscription Service for iPhones and Other Devices (00:45:38)What's in this month AppleVis News (00:50:28)Closing (01:03:09)Links:Everything Apple announced at its March 8 eventThe new iPhone SE's battery is both bigger and longer lasting at 2,018mAhApple rolls out iOS 15.4 & iPadOS 15.4 with Face ID update, Universal Control[Apple admits iOS 15.4 update could hurt your iPhone battery - but there's an easy fixApple Makes Fitness+ Workouts More Accessible to Blind and Low Vision Subscribers With the Addition of Audio Hints That Supplement Trainer's Spoken InstructionsOnly iPhone 14 Pro Models Will Get New A16 Processor [Kuo]Only iPhone 14 Pro Models Will Get 'Pill + Hole' Cutouts [Report]Apple Could Release New 30W GaN Charger In 2022Apple Developing Hardware Subscription Service for iPhones and Other DevicesVision: for blind peopleWebOutLoud - Text to Speech Web, PDF ReaderYou can email the Unleashed team with feedback or questions at unleashed@applevis.comAlternatively, you can leave a voice message for the team by calling 1-816-774-1668 (note that this is a United States number, so call charges may apply depending upon your call plan and location).

31 Mar 2022

Rank #9

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Quick Tip: Exploring the Grouping Behavior Options for VoiceOver Navigation on macOS

In this podcast, Tyler discusses and demonstrates the Grouping Behavior options available for VoiceOver on macOS. These allow you to choose whether VoiceOver requires an action to interact with items in a content area (such as a scroll area) or a group (such as a toolbar):The four available options are:Standard: VoiceOver requires an action. You must press VO-Shift-Down Arrow to start interacting with the items in an area or group, and VO-Shift-Up Arrow to stop interacting with the items. When this option is selected, VoiceOver may automatically interact with some groups on web pages to streamline navigation. If you don’t want VoiceOver to automatically interact with a group, press VO-Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow. If Quick Nav is on, press Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow.Bookend groups: VoiceOver identifies the start and end of an area or group as you navigate its items, but no action is required to interact with them.Announce groups: VoiceOver announces when you enter or exit an area or group, but no action is required to interact with its items.Ignore groups: VoiceOver doesn’t identify or announce areas or groups, and no action is required to interact with its items.Note: Some areas (such as tables) always require interaction, regardless of the setting you choose. This prevents you from having to navigate potentially large numbers of items, such as thousands of items in a Mail inbox.

19 Mar 2022

Rank #10