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Just over a month after unveiling the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple made a few more “bigger than bigger” announcements.  During the Apple event today, Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.  The technology giant also introduced updated operating software and announced that its new mobile payments system, Apple Pay, will launch this Monday.  What do these announcements mean for individuals with disabilities?  Apple strives to make all of its products accessible to all consumers, and though today’s updates may not seem so “big,” the accessibility has arguably increased.

iPad Air 2:

The Apple iPad Air 2 includes Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which has been proven ideal for individuals with disabilities in a myriad of ways.  The iPad Air 2 is now coined–by Apple–as the world’s thinnest tablet, with a thickness of 6.1 millimeters.  The tablet weighs in at 0.96-pound, whcih is about 0.07 pound lighter than the original iPad Air.

Pre-orders start Friday, October 17, and the tablet starts shipping the following Friday, October 24.  Wi-Fi model pricing begins at $499 for $16GB, while cellular models are more expensive starting at $629 for 16GB.

iPad Mini 3:

There aren’t too many updates in the third generation of the iPad Mini, but there are a couple worth mentioning:

  • The new iPad Mini 3 now features Touch ID
  • 7.9-inch Retina display

Pre-orders start Friday, October 17, and the tablets will begin shipping next week.  Wi-Fi models will start at $399 for 16GB with the cellular models beginning at $529.

Apple iPads 2014

Apple Pay:

The release date of Apple’s new payment system was finally announced.  Apple Pay will begin Monday!  This is arguably one of the most exciting announcements for individuals with disabilities (in my opinion.)  Visit last month’s blog on the “Bigger than Bigger” event for more information on this new payment system.  Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the two new iPads mentioned above.

Further, Apple noted that the two new tablets will not feature NFC, or near-field communication, which is included in the new iPhones.  However the tablets will include the Apple Pay technology so that users can make purchases from their device more seamlessly for online shopping.

Apple has teamed up with financial industry heavyweights including Mastercard, Visa and American Express.  Apple Pay will work at more than 220,000 retailers nationwide, including Walgreens, McDonald’s, Subway, Target, Disney, Whole Foods and other major chains.


Top 5 things a student with a disability should do when planning for college

October 15, 2014 Services

Planning for college can be an exciting yet stressful time in your life. If you are someone with a disability, there can be additional challenges when preparing for school. A student with a disability is not required to inform a postsecondary school that they have a disability. However, if they want the school to provide […]

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Optelec ClearView C Video Magnifier

October 14, 2014 Products and Devices

Optelec has recently released its newest video magnifier called the ClearView C.  The company’s mission is simple: “Improving the quality of life for the visually impaired and blind by reaching out with simple and effective solutions.”  The mission shines through with the new ClearView C, which is a unique C-shaped desktop video magnifier.  The product is […]

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Tech Tip: Spiderpodium by Breffo

October 13, 2014 Tech Tips

There are so many different smartphone/tablet mounts available on the market today.  Alvin Alviar introduces us to a very versatile Spiderpodium by Breffo.   For more information on this product, visit the Breffo website: Breffo Spiderpodium.

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ATU176 – Able Flight – Pilots with disabilities, FREE AT webinars from AT Coalition, Microsoft Accessibility Support Desk, Audrey Busch’s Legislative Updates

October 10, 2014 Assistive Technology Update

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Show notes: Able Flight with Bernie Wulle and Wesley Pilot | | | 765-494-9973 ATCoalition News – […]

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VEST: Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer

October 9, 2014 Hearing

There are 50 million people worldwide with some form of deafness.  Right now, the only available technology to help these individuals is the cochlear implant, which is an invasive procedure that costs about $40,000.  The challenge behind this procedure is that it doesn’t always work for everybody.  For instance, if an individual is born deaf and […]

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Autism Resources in Fiction and Technology

October 8, 2014 Products and Devices

I grew up with the Baby-Sitters Club; I loved the books, the films, everything about the series.  (I can’t believe it’s already been fifteen years since the “Baby-Sitters Club” held their last meeting!)  I haven’t heard about the series for a while, but yesterday I read a headline titled: “‘Baby-Sitters Club’ author Ann M. Martin’s […]

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Top 7 features for the visually impaired in iOS 8

October 7, 2014 Products and Devices

In Apple’s recent update, iOS 8, the company increased its accessibility with its addition of several new features for individuals with disabilities.  A while back, I covered potential accessibility features in a previous blog on iOS 8, but now that the update is finally available I felt it necessary to highlight the new features that may benefit individuals specifically […]

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Send us YOUR Tech Tips!

October 6, 2014 Tech Tips

For this week’s Tech Tip, we are asking YOU to submit YOUR Tech Tip! Please email submissions to We look forward to seeing what our readers and viewers have to offer!

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