Apple rejects game for the blind – Part 2

I had a call with the Apple Resolution group two weeks ago to discuss why screenshots of an iPhone app are required in apps that are designed for visually impaired people. See my prior blog for the full story.

Their answer was “Those are the rules. People need to see what the app does through screen shots.” In other words, regardless of the fact that the intended audience can’t see the screen shots, Apple will not allow the app to be available on the app store unless the sighted community can see something.

We modified the app to conform to Apple’s requirements by including the main menu screen shot, pictured below. Not very exciting, but sufficient to meet their requirements. They accepted the app yesterday.

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I’m surprised that a company that spends so much effort in making their iPhones and iPads be accessible would have such an inconsiderate rule. If you are visually impaired, please let me know how you feel about Apple’s policy, and ask other people how they feel.

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3 comments on “Apple rejects game for the blind – Part 2

  1. I don’t mind at all if a visual is required for people who need visuals. Blind people don’t exist in a vacuum – hypothetically a blind child could have a deaf teacher or parent, or someone in their life who doesn’t process auditory info that well, who might benefit from a visual. And I can think of other similar situations. As long as that goes both ways. But it doesn’t. How about a setting that’s let us who can’t see the screen shots, supress them, so we waste less time reading about an app? And it’s by time Apple required developers give some idea of the VoiceOver and other accessiblity of their apps. Doing that would at least make developers learn what that means and besides enabling us to skip apps we can’t use, it might even get developers who didn’t know about the issue to improve it.

  2. I agree with you Marty. Do you think it would be helful if those of us who oppose it contact Apple Customer Relations? I hope to hear from you soon.

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