On January 15, BC, without fanfare, celebrated its first full year online. Based purely on statistical analysis of page hits, it seems that our greatest hits for the first year were articles in which I have criticized Apple. The worshipers of the Jobs of Steve post comments slamming me and the hit count jumps through the roof.
Thus, the first article of our second year will be critical of Apple, I like showing the hit counter go up and I like to remind the world of just how badly Apple sucks.
In response to the comments made in support of Apple to my last post:
- Virtually 100% of all other mobile phone manufacturers have an accessibility group and are working on or have already delivered handsets that are at least partially accessible to members of our community.
- Yes, I am responsible for the purchase of a handful of Macintosh computers in the past year. Three were gifts for sighted children who like the devices. One was a Macintosh Mini for my lab that sits idle virtually 100% of the time as VoiceOver just ain’t enough screen reader for me to use it for anything productive.
Now a question:
- Of those of you who posted defending Apple, other than Gabe, are any of you blind? Have any of you sighties had to deal with the indignity of hearing that a company who just set record profits can’t make its most popular ones usable – even though the law requires it?
- Why don’t I bring a complaint to the FCC? Apple had to pass something on the order of 600 separate tests to get FCC approval for their device. The FCC has tested this device and has passed it. Obviously, the agency that should be enforcing Section 255 already ignored the regulation so why should I expect them to listen to a petition from a piss ant blind blogger?
With that said, I paste in the following item I received in my email this morning talking about the religious followers of the Apple logo so you can read just how high a level of contempt in which they hold us:
17 Jan 07, 12:53 PM – Apple blind to iPhone accessibility?
Posted by Vaughan
I’m a bit of an Apple geek on the quiet, so when their sleek and shiny new iPhone
Was announced last week to whoops of delight, I’m afraid that I rather joined in the chorus of “I want one! Gimme one!” I’m ashamed to say that almost the
last thing on my mind was how accessible it might be to blind and visually impaired users, considering that its operation relies almost entirely on touch-screen technology.
Fortunately, there are people out there in webland who are rather more clued-up about
Such things, as weblog currybetdotnet discussed yesterday. He points to a post on
The Unofficial Apple Weblog which certainly doesn’t mince its words as it asks:
Does the iPhone shaft the blind?
But it’s the comments after the entry that proves really shocking. Apple fans
Are known for their almost religious dedication to the brand, and some of
They simply can’t see the point in ‘needlessly worrying’ about blind and visually
Impaired phone users. Responses include:
. “I don’t know if there is a tactful way to say this, but, is it really Apple’s
Responsibility to make sure of this? I mean c’mon. Starving children in Africa won’t
Be able to use it either.”
. “Why would the blind want this phone as 90% of its function is
. “I don’t mean to be an ass, but who cares?”
. “I can’t imagine how people with significant visual impairment could use
The iPhone. I also am very glad Apple didn’t let that stop them from making the best
they could for the rest of us.”
. “Dang! You’re right! And people without fingers won’t be able to use it
either! Apple should just cancel the whole project … If there’s such a huge
and desperate need for cutting edge phones for the blind, then someone can fill it and
make a living doing so.”
. “Is Apple expected to make a touch screen that somehow implements
Braille? Why stop at blind people? What about deaf people? Surely Apple was
Insensitive and forgot about them when deciding to make a PHONE or a device that has sound?”
. “What about Stephen Hawking?! Did those insensitive swine at Apple
Ever consider Stephen Hawking? How on Earth will he ever use an iPhone? Never, that’s
Beware, before you check out the entire thread of comments, that some of
The opinions get a bit heated and that, consequently, some of the language gets a
little, erm, colourful to say the least.
So, BC continues to call for an Apple boycott and recommends that people take non-violent action against Apple and its properties. They know the FCC regs and said, “Fuck 255, so I say fuck Apple!”