[nobe-l] IPhone question

Karl Martin Adam kmaent1 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 19 03:59:04 UTC 2014

Hi Kathy,

I can sympathize with wanting to throw the IPhone through the 
window, that was my reaction for the first couple weeks of having 
one as well.  But as others have said, it does get better!  In 
addition to the resources others have offered, the IPhone itself 
has a tutorial feature.  Double tap on settings then on general 
then on accessibility then on voiceover then on tutorial to bring 
it up.  The way it works is that you try different motions with 
your fingers on the screen, and the phone tells you what they do.  
You can swipe up, down, left, right, or tap with one, two, or 
three fingers in addition to the rotor motion, which involves 
placing both fingers on the screen about an inch apart and 
spinning them as if you had a dial with one finger on each edge.  
I also use a bluetooth keyboard with my IPhone because the 
on-screen keyboard quite frankly sucks.  Naztech makes a very 
nice bluetooth keyboard that comes as part of an IPhone case so 
that it basically turns the IPhone into a phone with a slide out 
keyboard, and I believe that other companies make similar 
products.  Something else to make sure of is that you set the 
triple click of the home button to turn voiceover on.  That will 
save you when voiceover crashes, which it does now and then.  I'm 
still running IOS 6, so I'm not sure where you set that in 8, but 
if it's like 6 it's a setting under general.

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Kathy Nimmer via nobe-l <nobe-l at nfbnet.org
To: "blind teachers" <nobe-l at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:14:48 -0400
Subject: [nobe-l] IPhone question

  I have just just just purchased an IPhone after a lifetime of 
no IPhone. Right now, I’d rather throw it through the window 
than anything else as it is all so foreign to me. Does anyone 
have a resource that is particularly helpful for learning how to 
use Voiceover and Ciri in particular? Also, which gestures do you 
tend to use over and over again? I have a blind friend coming 
soon to help me learn this, but I’d like to feel less of an 
incompitent slug than I do right now! Thanks for any help.
Kathy Nimmer
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, 
till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, 
never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the 
tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe
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