How to pin conversations in the messages app

How to Pin & Unpin Contacts to the Top of the Messages App on Your iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 12, 2020 

Apple’s latest iOS update, iOS 14, allows iPhone users to pin their most important contacts and group texts to the top of the Messages app, making it faster and easier to send a text message to the people you message the most. You can pin up to nine text threads, which will appear at the top of your Main Messages page as circular icons. It’s quick and easy to pin a contact or group message to the top of your Messages, and, if you change your mind about it later, it’s just as fast to unpin it.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

How to Pin Your Most-Used Contacts to the Top of Your Messages List

1.  Open the Messages app.

2.  Navigate to your Main Messages page and find the contact or group message that you want to pin.

3.  Press and hold the text message (not the contact icon) from the person or group you’d like to pin.

4.  Tap Pin (name) at the top of the menu that appears.

5.  If you want to unpin your chosen contact, press and hold the icon you want to remove, then tap Unpin (name).

There does have to be an existing conversation for it to be pinned. So you can either send a message yourself, or wait for one to come in.  nine is the limit for pinned conversations.

Check out this audio recording from Matt Vollbrecht with the Tech Juggernaut.

In iOS 14, you can pin your favorite and most important conversations to the top of the list, so you’ll always know where they are. It is now also possible to create Mentions within group conversations, and be notified only when you are mentioned. Listen to the included audio demo, to experience these features with Voiceover.

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The Apple calendar app with iOS 14

The Apple Calendar app with iOS 14:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 5, 2020

The Calendar app native to the iPhone is quite functional.

I have found that it is useful to use SIRI to schedule appointments in my Apple Calendar app.

You need to invoke Siri by saying “Hey Siri” and then quickly say something such as “schedule an appointment on my calendar for a particular date and time, plus say the word “Title” and say what the event is going to be.

When you want to schedule a Calendar Event, you can use SIRI.

Just say, Hey Siri, schedule appointment for Monday at 8 AM, titled, “order cat food”.

You can share a particular calendar with another person thus you could check your calendar and get notifications as well.

You can set up to 2 alerts, which is useful, such as: a day before and then 30 minutes before.

This is native to the iPhone and you can link your gmail calendar as well.

This information was posted on the Tech Juggernaught Blog at

Voiceover Calendar Changes with iOS 14:

In the Apple Calendar app, when creating a new event, you will notice that the way you select start and end dates with Voiceover has been redesigned. Instead of just one picker, which must be swiped through, potentially taking a long time for you to find the date you want, you can now use a picker to select the month, then swipe right to see and hear all the days of the selected month by date. Simply double-tap on the date you want. You can even double-tap on the month picker to reveal a year picker, which makes it possible to quickly change the year of your start and end dates

Time Pickers:

In both the Calendar and Clock apps, when creating events or setting alarms, you can now simply enter times in the time edit field. Simply enter the time as a three or four digit number, with the hour first, followed by a two-digit minute. Enter this with no punctuation. Don’t worry about deleting what’s there, or anything else. It could not be simpler. For example, if you want an alarm for 7:30, just enter 730 into the edit field as soon as you double-tap on it. Want 9:00? enter 900. Eleven o’clock would be 1100.

After you enter the desired time, swipe right to select either AM or PM.

Check out this audio recording from Matt Vollbrecht with the Tech Juggernaught.

The Apple Calendar with Voiceover in iOS 14 has been the subject of much discussion since its release. Today, we teach you how to use it, and we demonstrate how easy it is to add events to the Calendar using Voiceover.

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How to add widgets with iOS 14

How to Add Widgets to Your Home Screen in iOS 14:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 28, 2020

A new feature of iOS 14 is the extra widget options you can add to your Home screen. Adding these can range from fun, such as adding featured photos, to useful, such as having the weather front and center for your daily planning.

With widgets, you get timely information from your favorite apps at a glance.

With iOS 14, you can use widgets on your Home Screen to keep your favorite information at your fingertips. Or you can use widgets from Today View by swiping

right from the Home Screen or Lock Screen.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

1.  Unlock your iPhone if it is locked.

2.  Press your Home screen until the icons start to wiggle.

3.  Tap the Add button in the top left corner.

4.  Apple will suggest widgets. If your desired widget is there, tap it.

5.  If you don’t see the widget you want to add, scroll down or use the search bar at the top of the feature.

6.  Tap Add Widget.  Select a widget, choose from three widget sizes, then tap Add Widget.

7.  Tap Done.

You can also add Widgets from the “Today View”. From Today View, touch and hold a widget until the quick actions menu opens, then tap Edit Home Screen. Drag the

widget to the right edge of the screen until it appears on the Home Screen, then tap Done. 

If you do not want to add Widgets to any of your screens of apps, you can Add them to the “Today” View on your iPhone:

Add widgets to Today View.

1.  Touch and hold a widget or an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.

2.  Tap the Add button 

gray plus icon

 in the upper-left corner.

3.  Scroll down to select a widget, then choose from three widget sizes.

4.  Tap Add Widget, then tap Done.

With iOS 14, you can customize your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location.

1.  Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.

2.  Tap Edit Widget 

Edit Widget icon

3.  Make your changes, then tap outside of the widget to exit.

You can also move your widgets around to put your favorites where they are easier to find. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget

around on the screen.

Use widget stacks:

With iOS 14, you can use widget stacks to save space on your Home Screen and in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Create a Smart Stack:

A Smart Stack is a pre-built collection of widgets that displays the right widget based on factors like your location, an activity, or time. A Smart Stack

automatically rotates widgets to show the most relevant information throughout the day. Here’s how to create a Smart Stack:

1.  Touch and hold an area on your Home Screen or in Today View until the apps jiggle. 

2.  Tap the Add button 

gray plus icon

 in the upper-left corner.

3.  Scroll down and tap Smart Stack.

4.  Tap Add Widget.

Create your own widget stacks:

1.  Touch and hold an app or empty area on the Home Screen or Today View until the apps jiggle.

2.  Drag a widget on top of another widget. You can stack up to 10 widgets.

3.  Tap Done.

Edit a widget stack:

1.  Touch and hold the widget stack.

2.  Tap Edit Stack. From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging the grid icon 

three gray lines

You can also turn on Smart Rotate if you want iOS to show you relevant widgets throughout the day. Or swipe left over a widget to delete it.

3.  Tap gray x icon for remove

 when you’re done.

Remove widgets


1.  Touch and hold the widget that you want to remove.

2.  Tap Remove Widget.

3. Tap Remove again to confirm.

The app library in iOS 14

The App Library, In iOS 14:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 21, 2020

Note: below there will be a link to listen to a M4A Audio tutorial posted by Matt Vollbrecht with the Tech Juggernaut at

How to Use the iPhone App Library 

A new feature introduced in iOS 14 is the iPhone App Library. The App Library automatically sorts your apps into folders and also offers an alphabetical directory where you can search for any app you have downloaded. This takes away the difficulty of searching through your Home screen for lesser-used apps, and offers helpful suggestions when you’re not sure which of your apps would best suit your purpose.

In addition to being able to put Widgets on your home screen, you can now remove apps without uninstalling them. A new top-level screen called the App Library contains all the apps installed on your iPhone. Mastering the App Library is key to keeping a tidier and organized iPhone and quickly being able to find the app you want. Here is how the App Library works.

App Library organization:  Once you install iOS 14, you will find the App Library to the right of your last home screen. Just keep swiping and you will soon be there.

Note: when running VoiceOver, perform a 3 finger swipe gesture (from right to left) to advance screens of apps, until you get past the last page of apps and then the App Library will appear with one more 3 finger swipe gesture.

You can also get to the App Library by selecting the Page selector, which is located just above the Doc and is represented by dots.  If you have 5 pages of Apps, then there are 5 dots in the page selector area.  You can flick up and down with one finger to go forward and backward through the pages of Apps on your iOS device.  When you keep flicking up, you will go past the last page of apps and then there will appear the App Library.  If you keep flicking down, you will arrive at the “Today View” which used to be Page 1 in prior versions of the iOS.

When you do get to the App Library, you do not have to organize this screen. All your apps will appear in little four-square boxes. The upper left box is always Suggestions. This will show four apps that Siri has determined you are likely to use based on the time of day, your location, etc. It gets smarter the more you use your iPhone, and the suggestions are calculated entirely on your device. No data about your app use, habits, or location is ever shared.

In the upper right you will find Recently Added, which is self-explanatory. It shows apps you have most recently installed. Tap the big app icons to launch the app. Tap the small four-square group to open the category folder. Beneath that are four-square folders that are auto-arranged by app category. Apple automatically determines to which category an app belongs, Each of these boxes will show three full-size app icon together with a little four-icon grouping in the lower right. Apple does not make it clear, but if you tap a full-size app icon the app will launch. If you tap the little four-icon grouping, you will open up a view of all the apps in that category.  The category boxes themselves are not always in the same place. They will reorder themselves based on which apps you use most often.

Searching the App Library:  If you do not want to open and close the app category boxes looking for the app you need, search is the way to go. Just drag down on the App Library, or tap the search box, to get an alphabetical index of all your apps. Tap the search box at the top of the screen, or swipe down anywhere on the screen, and you can search by name or scroll through an alphabetical list of all the apps on your iPhone.

Adding apps to the home screen:  If there is an app in the App Library that is not on your home screen, it is easy to add. Just tap and hold on an app icon until you see the context menu, and choose Add to Home Screen. If an app already exists on your home screen, you won’t see that option. Long-press an icon in the App Library to add it to your home screen.

Adding an app to your home screen does not remove it from the App Library it will always contain all the apps on your iPhone. You can also enter jiggle mode and drag apps off the left edge of the App Library to place them on your home screen.

Removing individual apps from the home screen:  If you want an app to exist in the App Library but do not want an icon on your home screen, that is easy to do. Tap and hold on the app until the context menu pops up. Choose Remove App and you will be presented with a popup with three options: Cancel, Remove from Home Screen, or Delete. Just long-press an app icon to remove it from your home screen. It will stay in your App Library, if you choose. Delete will remove the app entirely, but Remove from Home Screen will simply take the icon away, and it will still exist in the App Library where it always has been.

Removing pages of apps from the home screen:  You can remove entire pages of apps (and widgets) from the home screen, too. Tap and hold on an empty space of your home screen to enter jiggle mode and then tap on the little page indicator near the bottom of the screen. Enter jiggle mode and tap the page indicators to disable or enable entire home screen pages. This will bring up an Edit Pages screen where you can select or de-select entire home screen pages. If you de-select one, it will no longer appear on your home screen, but all those apps will always be in your App Library. Your iPhone saves those layouts, so you can simply re-enable them later.

Downloading apps to the App Library:  Once you get used to a minimalist home screen with just a few widgets and app icons, it is hard to go back to all that clutter. When you download a new app from the App Store, it will still appear on your home screen, but you can change that behavior. You can download apps without cluttering up your home screen. If you want new app downloads to skip the home screen and only appear in your App Library, open Settings, tap on Home Screen, then select whether you want new app download to appear in both the App Library and the home screen, or just the App Library. You can also choose to show notification badges (the red dots in the corner with numbers) on App Library icons. Remember, all your apps are always in the App Library.

More instructions for Accessing the App Library with iOS 14

1.  Swipe to the last page of apps on your Home screen.

2.  Swipe to the left one more time.

You are now in the App Library

1.  Scroll down to see all the groupings your iPhone has created for you.

2.  Tap on the small grouping of 4 in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to see all the apps in that category.

Use the Search Function

If you already know what you’re looking for, the Search function will help pull it up quickly. To search by name just:

1.  Tap the Search bar at the top of your screen.

2.  Type in the name of the app you’re looking for.

3.  Alternately, you can use the alphabet scroller on the right side of the screen to search for an app alphabetically. You can also pull this up by swiping down when you have your App Library open. 


Notes and link to Audio Recordings from Matt Vollbrecht with

just wanted to let you know that I have begun releasing a series of tips, tricks, and demos of various iOS 14 features with Voiceover. The first two are I think highly sought after – App Library with VO, and Calendar with VO. You can find them on my website, right on the main page, under the Latest Posts. I also suggest subscribing to following the Blog by e-mail, as more posts like this will be released over the next several days.

The web address is:


The new Home Screen widgets and widget stacks, the App Library, and how to hide Home Screen pages, all while using Voiceover.

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How to bookmark all open tabs in safari

How to Bookmark All Open Safari Tabs at Once:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 7, 2020

Sometimes, you need to close all your tabs in Safari on your iPhone to get the browser to run smoothly, but that can mean losing important pages you’d like to read later. This information will teach you how to instantly save all your open Safari tabs as bookmarks on your iPhone or iPad so that you can easily find them again.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

How to Bookmark All Open Safari Tabs at Once

1.  In the Safari app, press and hold the bookmark icon.

2.  Select Add Bookmarks for [#] Tabs.

3.  Enter a folder name for your batch of tabs and choose a location. The default location is Favorites.

4.  Tap Save.

When you are ready to revisit those tabs, simply tap the bookmark icon again and locate your folder of saved tabs. This tab management tip will help you keep up with your favorite web pages without slowing down Safari.

More information about Safari and the “long press action when running VoiceOver.

Much of Safari’s advanced functionality is hidden behind long-press gestures.

I find that a lot of people keep many tabs open in Safari, usually from previously browsing sessions.  There is a way to close all the open tabs with a “long press gesture on the “tabs” button on your iPhone.

You can also go to Settings, Safari, and navigate to the options for the choices as to when to close open Tabs in Safari.

When using VoiceOver: perform a one finger double tap and hold gesture.

Long press on the Tabs button:

The Tabs toolbar button is located on the right side of the screen, either at the top on iPad or bottom on iPhone. Tapping it launches the carousel view of preview cards for all the open tabs. However, you can also long-press it to reveal several more options.

Without entering the tab screen, a long-press on the button reveals an action sheet. You can close all open tabs in one tab or close the current tab. You can also quickly open a new tab, either in a normal window or jumping to Private Browsing mode.

If you long-press the Tabs button on iPad, you can also see options for Split View tabs. You can ‘Open Split View’ if you are currently in full-screen mode, or vice-versa and merge back down into a single view, without having to worry about dragging and dropping tabs to the side of the display.

How to add bookmarks in safari

How to Save a Bookmark in Safari:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for August 31, 2020

This was submitted by john farina, who is a helpful responder to questions submitted to the iDevice listserv.

Thank you John.

Below John’s instruction is another option for Adding Bookmarks in Safari.

1.  go to the web site in Safari, that you wish to bookmark.

2.  Once there, at the bottom of the iPhone screen, locate the “share” button and double tap it.

3.  Swipe through the choices until you locate “add bookmark” and double tap that.

4.  Now you will have the option of naming the bookmark, which you can do if it is not recognizable from what is already in the text field.

5.  When finished, locate the “save” button and double tap that.

Also, you can add the page to the bookmark to the homescreen in the share menu.

Here is another way to add a bookmark in Safari

Safari for iPhone and iPad is an incredibly capable mobile web browser despite its simple, straightforward user interface. It is the browser of choice on iOS, in large part because it is the one pre-installed, but very few people know everything you can do with Safari.

Much of Safari’s advanced functionality is hidden behind “long-pres gestures” that most people do not know exist.

Long press on the Show Bookmarks button:  which is a one finger double tap and hold gesture when running VoiceOver.

On Safari for iPhone and iPad, the normal way to add a bookmark for a webpage is to press the Share button and scroll through the activity pop-up to select the Add Bookmark option. Using a long-press, you can do the same thing more quickly.

Long-press on the Show Bookmarks button (which tapping on normally takes you to view your bookmarks) and a new action menu appears. The modal features options to Add Bookmark or Add to Reading List. Saving to Reading List is immediate, whilst tapping the bookmark option will open the usual options view to confirm the name and Favorites folder location.

Controlling your HomePod speaker through a Mac or Apple iOS device

Taking Control of Your HomePod from Your Mac or iOS/iPadOS Device:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for August 24, 2020

This article was written by Tim Kilburn, who regularly helps with many of the Apple iOS and Apple Mac questions that are posted on these listservs.

Thank you Tim.

Below Tim’s article is some information about the Apple HomePod Speaker.


Did you know that you can take control of your HomePods from your Mac or iOS/iPadOS device?  You can skip and replay songs, adjust the volume, and many other things that you may like to do with Siri.  The nice thing that is great to do with your Mac, iPad or iPhone is to add other AirPlay speakers.  Pretty well any speaker that is connected to your devices is available.  For example, my HomePods are in my Dining Room in the front of our house, I have an Airport Express connected to a Bose Sound bar in a back room with a garden door out to the back yard an Apple TV in the Family Room in the basement connected to my Yamaha 7.2 surround sound system, which also has AirPlay.  So, if I’ve asked Siri to play my Fun Mix playlist on the HomePods, then decide I wish to have that music also piped to the back yard deck, I can do this without stopping the music.  I could even add the downstairs surround sound system for fun.  You are able to add one or more and they will all play the same selections.

On your Mac, open the Music app and navigate to the AirPlay pop-up.  As you VO-right through the various items, the AirPlay speakers should be listed first, then a heading that reads as “Switch to” followed by things like HomePods and Apple TV’s.  So, within the Switch To section, if you VO-space on the HomePods, for example, you now have control of the HomePods with your Music app.  You can add other AirPlay speakers and control aspects of the music such as volume and skipping songs..  Quitting the Music app will not stop the music from playing through your HomePods, but you’d need to re-connect using your Mac to have the Mac regain control.

Similarly, in iOS/iPadOS, go into the Control Centre, swipe right to find the “Show Media Controls, Routes Available” button and double-tap it.  You will see a list under the heading Speakers and TV’s, then a volume slider then items that seem like repeats of the Speakers & TV’s.  These latter items are similar to the items under the “Switch to” section on the Mac.  Double-tapping your HomePod in this section will allow your iPhone to take control and perform tasks similar to those mentioned earlier for the Mac.

Tim Kilburn

Jamf Certified Tech

Apple Teacher

(with Swift Playgrounds Recognition)


Apple HomePod Speaker

HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that adapts to its location and delivers high-fidelity audio wherever it’s playing. Together with Apple Music and Siri,

it creates an entirely new way for you to discover and interact with music at home.

List of features:

Superior sound and microphone technology

Siri integration

Apple designed woofer

Seven tweeters

7-inch mesh body

Spatial recognition

Stereo sound, AirPlay 2

Cost: The Apple Store has the current HomePod speaker listed at $299. There are other options, such as Sam’s, WalMart, Best buy, etc.

How to create a custom and repeating event in the Apple calendar app

How To Create a Custom and Repeating Event in The Apple Calendar App:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for August 17, 2020

I encountered a dilemma in trying to add a repeating event in the calendar on my iPhone.

I first attempted to add a “Repeating event.  What I wanted was to create a repeating event for the first Tuesday of each month from August 4th on…

When I added this repeating event,  on the calendar for August 4th (which was the first Tuesday in August) and chose the option to repeat monthly.  What happened was there was a repeating event for the 4th day of each month going forward and NOT for the first Tuesday of each month.

what it scheduled is:  all future  events were added to the calendar  for the fourth day of each month instead of the first Tuesday of each month.

Here is how to  schedule a “Custom” Repeating event.

You have to choose the custom repeat option, when you are entering a new event in the Apple Calendar app.

1.  Open the Calendar App on your Apple iOS Device, with a one finger double tap gesture if you are running VoiceOver.

2.  If you see all the months of the year, tap on the month you want to view to open the month view.

3.  Select a month where you want to add a Custom Repeating event to begin. Such as September.  Select a specific date on the grid of days. such as:  Tuesday September 1.

4.  Once September 1st is selected with a one finger double tap gesture to highlight this date:  Perform a one finger double tap  gesture on the “ADD” button, which is located in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Sighted persons will see a + symbol.

5.  Navigate to the Title field, which is already opened and ready for text to be entered.  This is an Editable text field and half of the screen will have the keyboard present.

6.  Navigate to the Start time and perform a one finger double tap gesture to select the start time with the Picker options.

7.  Navigate to the End time and perform a one finger double tap gesture to select the End time with the Picker options.

8.  Navigate to the Repeat button and perform a one finger tap gesture to open the Repeat options.  Choose “Custom” button, and perform a one finger double tap to open the Custom choices.

9.  Swipe right to find the “Frequency choices, such as Daily, Weekly, monthly, and yearly.  Swipe right to the picker option and flick to find the “Monthly” option.

10.  Then swipe right to find the  two Choices of “Each”, or “On The”: and select the “on The” with a one finger double tap gesture.

11.  Swipe right to find what day you want, such as the 1st.  Then swipe right to choose the Day of the week, such as the 1st Tuesday of each month.

12.  Flick back left to confirm that you want this custom event to occur on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

13.  Then double tap the “Repeat Back” button.  

14.  Then double tap the “New Event Back” button.

15.  If you want this custom repeating event to end at a certain date, you will need to go in to the “End Repeat options.

16. If you are happy with the custom event that you have created: remember to double tap the “Add” button, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen.

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The Weather Gods app

Weather Gods App:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for August 10, 2020

Meet the Gods: Fire, Ice, Water, Air & Moon delivering you the Weather as you have never experienced it before.

Weather Gods redefines the weather app with painstakingly crafted data visualizations, procedural graphics and audio that enable you to literally see, hear and feel the weather. With no more weather icons to decode, the Weather Gods is simply the quickest, most engaging, most enjoyable way to get the accurate weather information you need.

The Weather Gods app skillfully integrates premium weather data into an elegant, iOS Exclusive, easy-to-use interface that will delight casual users and weather

enthusiasts alike.

With a wealth of rich weather data from the world’s most respected providers, the Weather Gods provide detailed site-based forecasts for over a million locations worldwide. Our advanced, next-generation notifications are easy to setup and bring you exactly the information you want right when you need it.

With 24 hour charts, observed weather, built in moon phase, widget, world clock and much, much more, the Weather Gods is a powerful personal time machine that lets you travel the world and visit the future. Please come join us on this exciting journey as we begin our mission to bring you the finest, most

practical, most enjoyable weather app experience ever. We can’t wait to hear what you think!


* Severe weather alerts for the US, Canada and Europe

* Day & Night summary for 7 Days with animated real-time weather backgrounds

* 7 Day HOURLY Forecast via the amazing ‘Weather Wheel’

* Advanced user-friendly weather notifications

* Weather based procedural soundscape

* Detailed 24 hour charts & hourly charting

* Moon phase, rise and fall

* Off-line mode for explorers & professionals

* World clock & international support

* Powerful accessibility support – 100% support for Voiceover

* Siri shortcuts

* Haptic Engine support

Updated, Aug 1, 2020

Version 2.4

Cost is: $3.99

Here’s the link

I recently noticed there was an update to this app.

The sounds have been greatly enhanced and there is more customization for the user to set the volume level of the many weather sounds and if they want them on or off.

When you first open the Weather Gods App:

You can go to the Settings Button, which is in the upper left corner of the screen.  This is where you can make customize adjustments to  interact with the app.

If you go to Settings, and then to General, you have  2    “Launch Screen” options for viewing the App.  You can choose “Pantheon”, or “Weather Wheel”.

You can customize the sounds further in the settings menu, under the sounds section and then into weather sounds.

This app is an auditory joy

This narrative was taken from the Access World  publication from the American Foundation for the Blind, write up of this Weather Gods app.

“Weather Gods: A Shining Example of True Accessibility. Anyone who has tried to use weather apps with VoiceOver knows the frustration of trying to quickly find the information they are looking for. Graphics-intensive

information that catches the eye of the sighted user is often not easily discerned by a blind person using a screen reader. With Weather Gods, this isn’t a problem at all, since accessibility is core to the development of this app. The reasonable price, the developer’s commitment to accessibility, and the planned enhancements to the product make it worth checking out”.