Steven and Timothy have a long discussion about the new Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XS from an accessibility perspective, then Steven gets super excited about the forthcoming iPhone XR.
Steven and Timothy discuss Steven’s trip to Oregon, what they expect from Apple’s September 12 media event, and Timothy explains how he configured his AirPort Express to use AirPlay 2.
Steven and Timothy are joined by special guest Shelly Brisbin. Topics include Shelly’s career in tech journalism and podcasting, the portrayal of accessibility coverage in the mainstream tech press, why accessibility talk on podcasts is important, our favorite iOS 12 features, and more
Shelly Brisbin’s show, now simply called Parallel, is now a member of the Relay FM network. I’ve known Shelly for a while—she does great work, and it’s great to see accessibility represented on a popular network like Relay. (I was on episode #11 in January 2017.)
Steven and Timothy talk about their impressions so far of the iOS 12 beta, Steven's new Kindle Paperwhite, the accessible packaging of Microsoft's upcoming adaptive Xbox controller, and how to attract disabled people to beta-test accessibility features in apps.
Steven and Timothy are joined by special guest Aleen Simms. Topics include diversity in tech and the disabled, the representation/discussion of diversity and accessibility on tech podcasts and in the tech media, the importance of accessible design in software, and more.
Steven and Timothy reunite to reflect on their blockbuster WWDC episode, ruminate on their favorite announcements from WWDC, and partake in their first-ever after-show episode for Patreon supporters.
Along with releasing the latest episode of the show, me and Timothy are also starting a Patreon for the show. We believe accessibility in tech is an important topic that deserves more attention—especially on Apple-focused podcasts. If you want to help us keep the lights on and keep raising awareness, we'd love your support if you became a patron.
Recorded inside Apple's Podcasts studio at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Steven interviews three special guests about their work and what Apple's WWDC announcements mean for accessibility. He sat down with Apple's Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Sarah Herrlinger, AssistiveWare CEO David Niemeijer, and WWDC18 student scholarship winner John Ciocca.
Me and Timothy were joined by special guest Rene Ritchie. We discussed Apple's Global Accessibility Awareness Day efforts and my interview with Tim Cook, Apple's stewardship of its accessibility work, and our wishes for WWDC.
Speaking of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, how fortutious that the first episode of my new (again) podcast about accessibility in tech dropped on the same day. In Accessible's first new episode since 2014, me and Timothy discuss what accessibility is and what it means, the history of Apple's accessibility work, how the first iPhone redefined accessible computing, and more.
The show art is courtesy of Simon “forgottentowel” Buckmaster, who’s done artwork for Relay FM.
At long last, it returns. I’m excited to announce the resurrected Accessible podcast.
First, a quick history lesson. The show’s original run dates back to 2013–2014, a time when my career in tech journalism was in its infancy. The show’s premise was simple: A (then) weekly podcast about accessibility in tech, mostly seen through an Apple-focused lens. Accessible was part of the now-defunct Constellation FM podcast network, and it had a good but brief run. Apple featured it in iTunes for a while under “New & Noteworthy,” and we even had sponsors! Squarespace was a sponsor at one point; I still have the old ad read as a text file stored in my Dropbox. And there were guests too—Stephen Hackett and Jared Sinclair were two notable ones.
Accessible’s original run marked my first foray into the world of podcasting, and I enjoyed doing it very much. As time went on, however, life got in the way of me and my co-host, so our work on the show waned to the point it ceased to exist. We just stopped, and unfortunately lost touch with each other altogether in the process. In fact, none of the audio exists anywhere online today. Since it ended four years ago, my career has blossomed and I’ve grown a nice audience. Most of my friends and colleagues podcast regularly, and as a podcast lover, I’ve listened to countless hours of their shows over time. It eventually reached a point where, coinciding with my burgeoning writing career, that I began to really miss podcasting. More to the point, I increasingly felt I should be podcasting—I should augment my written work on Apple accessibility by talking about it too. So, after much procrastination and preparation, here I am.
Rather, here we are. I’m doing Accessible with my friend Timothy Buck.
Tim is a product manager who, like me, lives in San Francisco. We’ve been friends several years; we’ve had coffee many times, over which we had many discussions about rebooting Accessible. He’s a great guy and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with him on the show. As one friend recently told me, I “picked the right partner... he’s an amazing dude.”
Round 2 of the show has the exact same premise as before: Accessibility in tech, with an Apple bend. This time, though, we’ll be doing the show fortnightly... so listeners will get two episodes per month. And like the old show, we’re planning on having guests—we have an exciting, ever-growing list in Notes of people we’d like to have on the show.
In a broad sense, I think bringing back Accessible is important for the Apple podcasting scene. While there are accessibility-minded podcasts out there, I’m frustrated at the general lack of discussion about it on most shows, including all of the “AAA” shows most Apple nerds are familiar with. To be clear: This isn’t me being critical of the people doing the shows; I know everyone doing them and they’re all smart as hell. The issue is simply accessibility is too important a topic not to cover, even though it’s admittedly abstract and hard to understand in places. It’s difficult to talk about something you can’t easily relate to. Still, it’s a subject deserving of our attention. Accessibility is a major facet of all Apple products, and certainly has relevance to the rumor mill as well when ruminating on potential future products.
Put another way: The Apple community needs to talk about accessibility more than it does.
Thus, our hope for Accessible is to bring some of that conversation to the forefront. As a disabled person and as someone who is looked upon as the “expert” on this topic, I’m hoping that, if we do it right, Accessible can be a trusted source of coverage and analysis of Apple-related topics from a different perspective. To diversify the conversation is, I believe, to enrich the conversation. We hope the conversations we have on the podcast help listeners see Apple (and other companies) in a different light than usual.
As of this writing, we’ve recorded an Episode 0 and will be recording the first real episode shortly. We’re excited about the early enthusiasm for the show, and we’re excited to get to work and get the show off the ground and see where it goes. We hope you’ll join us on our journey. Any questions or comments can be directed to us on Twitter or via email. We would love to hear from you on how we’re doing!
My friend Timothy Buck has a new podcast launching today, Unco, and I was honored to be on one of the first episodes. We discussed my career in tech journalism, voice-first devices such as HomePod, and the importance of thinking about accessibility in tech.
The most recent episode of Inside the Times is a must-listen. Host Susan Lehman talks with The Daily host Michael Barbaro about how the show came to be, how it's produced, and more. It's a great behind-the-scenes look at an exquisite podcast.
The Daily is arguably my absolute favorite podcast, so I greatly enjoyed this.
This week's episode of the Clockwise podcast, published yesterday, features a great discussion of why there aren't more big tech companies—Google, Amazon, etc—who prioritize accessibility the same way Apple does. Hosts Dan Moren and Mikah Sargeant were joined by Rene Ritchie and Georgia Dow.
See also: Rene's piece for iMore on this topic. Great read—he gets it.
New fortnightly podcast from my friend Aleen Simms. Along with co-host K. Tempest Bradford, the show seeks to explore "the wheres, hows, and whys of creative genius."
I'm glad to see Relay FM add more diverse voices to its roster. Aleen previously was host of Less Than or Equal, also on Relay, on which I guested last August.
There's now a transcript of Apple VP Lisa Jackson's appearance on The Talk Show to discuss Apple's efforts around Earth Day and the environment. If you haven't already listened, it's a great episode. Highly recommended.
I mentioned on Twitter how, on my old podcast, I lamented about the need for transcription in podcasting for accessibility. Thus, efforts like this—iMore's Serenity Caldwell helped here—are truly wonderful. Transcription is a hard, expensive problem, but we need to keep wokring at it in the name of inclusiveness.
Great read, as always, from Jason Snell at Six Colors:
Cue’s remarks at Code Media could easily be interpreted as mumbly marketing-speak by an executive who doesn’t have anything to say. But I take Cue at his word that Apple is “working on new features for podcasts,” and that the company has noted the huge resurgence of podcasting. I suspect that, after more than a decade of slumber, Apple’s about to become much more active on the podcasting front.