How the Blind Are Reinventing the iPhone

Liat Kornowski, writing for The Atlantic, on the blind and their iPhones:

For the visually impaired community, the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 seemed at first like a disaster – the standard-bearer of a new generation of smartphones was based on touch screens that had no physical differentiation. It was a flat piece of glass. But soon enough, word started to spread: The iPhone came with a built-in accessibility feature. Still, members of the community were hesitant.

But no more. For its fans and advocates in the visually-impaired community, the iPhone has turned out to be one of the most revolutionary developments since the invention of Braille. That the iPhone and its world of apps have transformed the lives of its visually impaired users may seem counter-intuitive – but their impact is striking.

This is a fantastic article -- you should Instapaper it right now.

As a visually impaired person myself, reading anecdotes like the ones in the article make me smile. These success stories are a testament to just how far-reaching the iPhone (or, more accurately, iOS itself) truly is.1 I don’t use any of them, but the Accessibility features Apple’s baked into iOS are damn powerful and useful, as Kornowski’s piece illustrates.

That GPS app sounds pretty cool, too.

(via Ben Brooks)

  1. But wait! Android is still winning!  ↩