Tech Edge: Accessible iPadBy Williams, John M.; Action Magazine,
Publication Date: July 15, 2010
Review of the Apple iPad tablet computer. Accessibility features of the iPad noted include (1) support for playback of closed captioned content, (2) a voiceover screen reader, (3) full screen zoom magnification, (4) white on black display, and (5) audio, making the tablet accessible to users who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and cognitively challenged. The reviewer found it extremely easy to use and very sensitive to touch. He also deemed it easy to pick up and hold due to its small size and weight combined with the design feature of a slight curve to the back. The iPad, which comes with built in Wi-Fi and optional 3G data service, can be used for up to 10 hours, after which recharging the battery takes 2 hours. A dock connector port on the bottom of the iPad allows docking it while it charges, and can also be used to connect to accessories. The tablet also comes with a hadphone jack and a built in microphone. Downsides to the tablet noted are a built in touch screen keyboard which is not suited for touch typists, and a screen that is difficult to see outdoors in bright sunlight.
Published by: United Spinal Association (Website:http://www.unitedspinal.org)
Link to text: http://www.unitedspinal.org/publications/action/2010/07/15/accessible-ipad/