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It’s a busy old week coming up for the podcast with two episodes in rapid succession. We’ll have an episode at the usual time, then right after the Apple event on 12 September US time, Mike Feir, Judy Dixon, Heidi Taylor and I will be back to provide some analysis on what Santa Tim and is busy elves are revealing this year, including the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, probably a new Apple Watch Ultra and more. Have they been able to keep something a secret? Not too many sleeps now.

This week, members of the American Council of the Blind have been discussing via its Conversation email list its increasingly embarrassing absence from Mastodon. This led to some time being devoted to it at a meeting of its Board of Publications, where we heard a litany of excuses and even a couple of personal attacks. Since everyone I’ve spoken with agrees that this podcast was referred to by way of presidential innuendo, I’ll cover it this week and exercise my right of reply. You can get a preview of the audio, plus read my message to the ACB Conversation list, in this blog post.

How easy is Face ID to use? This is the question a listener seeks answers to. I’ll offer my answer in the show this week, and you’re welcome to share your own Face ID experiences.

Many of us know the frustration all too well. There’s an app you really want to use, but it has significant accessibility flaws. That’s when it can be very handy to take a video of you using the app and send it to the developer. Michael Babcock is here to show us how to make a screen recording and ensure that your VoiceOver speech is captured too.

There have been a few interesting books about blindness by blind people recently. This week, we’ll focus on one called “Look at it this way: the blind leading the sighted”. It’s a frank, enjoyable read in which its author, Sammy Sweet Spirit, talks about a wide varieties of things she wants sighted people to know about blind people.


All this and much more in episode 247 of Living Blindfully.