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.
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.