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Sep 16

How iOS 10 Means I Can't Read my Email

The Accessibility Disaster with iOS 10

Apple got visual accessibility very, very wrong for iPhone and iPad with the defective iOS 10 - whether it's iPhone 6 or iPhone 7.  As already posted I am visually impaired due to diabetic retinopathy.

 

Larger text always USED TO work to enable me to read my emails. Sadly iOS 10 doesn't think reading emails is important.

Larger text always USED TO work to enable me to read my emails. Sadly iOS 10 doesn't think reading emails is important for the visually impaired

 

So ... I always need to make use of the up-to-now wonderful Accessibility settings on iPhones and iPads.   By simply setting Larger Text to On, I've always been able to read everything- texts, emails, messages    However, Larger Text does NOT work in iOS 10 on emails.  It works when I write an email.  But it does not work to actually enable me to READ an email.  Anything that comes into my inbox comex in small text, too small for me to read    I can just about make out the small text on my larger screen iPad, now also with the defective iOS 10   But, not on my iPhone 6 nor indeed on the iPhone 7 which I now can't and wouldn't buy   

Today I reported this issue first to my mobile service provider, EE who of course informed me that, once installed, an iOS cannot readily be removed from an iPhone or iPad.  Even resetting to factory settings still keeps the latest iOS installed. So ... they gave me Apple's number.

I phoned Apple Care and vented my anger in no uncertain terms.  I rely on my iPhone for emails whenever I'm out and about.  I explained that since I installed iOS 10 I can no longer SEE my emails.  The text is so small.   However high I set Larger Text, it makes absolutely no difference at all.   I was put through to a very helpful accessibility manager, Neil, who promised me that this issue was being looked at by Apple and they were aware there was a glitch.

As a longstanding Apple fan - my first ever computer was that brilliant tiny little black and white Apple Mac back in the early 1990s and I now have 3 iPads and 3 iPhones on contract with EE plus several not on contract to anyone  - I am truly both  surprised and appalled that something Apple made such a big fuss about - the greatest iOS since never - has forgotten about anyone who is both visually impaired and uses email.

Having said that, their first name customer service was impressive.  What remains to be seen is how lomg it will take Apple to fix this glitch that has left me no longer email-mobile.     I've been promised regular updates by Neil who dealt so calmly and politely with my case - and my anger - and I now have the 24/7 Accessibility line number - 0800 048 0754 - plus a Case Number ...so I will post an update as and when I can, and indeed as and when I can once again return to pre-iOS 10 days and be able to SEE and READ my emails.

Apple Care number in U.K. 0800 107 6285

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Sep 16

How to use student-generated content in language learning

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Get language students sharing ..

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Sep 16

About My Planet Our World

A planet we all recognise ... it's mine but it's also ours

A planet we all recognise ... it's mine but it's also ours

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Sep 16

How I ended up insulin-dependent

The management of diabetes needs so many tools and lots of patience!

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Sep 16

The Leadership Challenge Post-Brexit: to keep 'out there out' or 'in'?

Confusion-choices-tools

How do we proceed? What approach will work best?

 

It's a challenge-rich time in need of inspiring leaders 

Following the UK - well, largely English - decision to leave the European Union, it's a bit of an understatement to note that there are many leadership challenges ahead.

If we take the long-term view that things will get better with time and it's all going to work out in the end .. then it might be useful to remember what the ever-interesting Lolly Daskal (@LollyDaskal) tweets ..

    Sometimes you have to suffer through the worst to learn how to       make it through to the best 

Or ... as Elaine Perry tweets in the words of the irreplaceable Frank Sinatra ..

     The best revenge is massive success.     @elaine_perry

Here's hoping for truly massive success!  And -bearing in mind the new-ish UK Prime Minister was actually in the so-called Remain camp .. in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson as tweeted by Roy Bennett (@inspiringthinkn) ..

    Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.

And,  i would argue that inspiration is what is needed.  Whatever fears our UK post-Brexit leaders may have, they most definitely need to keep them quiet and inspire the country, and indeed spread that inspiration way beyond the UK.   At this point in time, though, there seems to be little idea of what ideas such inspiration will spread.  Ideas are the bedrock of inspiration.   As JFK said ...

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on (As tweeted by Nathan Floyd @411onthisstuff).

Or as tweeted by Claudio Toyama (@ClaudioGT) in the words of  Norman Vincent Peale:

    Change your thoughts and you change your world

Parliament-England-leadership

Where leaders and their inspiration reside ...

The Inspirational Challenge 

If we accept that leadership needs to inspire and leaders need to enthuse us with their ideas .. there is a  inherent challenge.   For Brexited Britain to be successful we will need .. well, the world!  Having shut the door - or at least just left it a tiny bit ajar - on the European market .. there are all those other countries 'out there'. Britain is good at 'out there' or 'over there' kind of language as of course we are a small island.  Regardless of how much you view a desire to 'keep out there out' as a foundation stone of Brexit success, the fact that the EU referendum eased the door a bit more .. closed .. is a huge challenge.  Hopefully leadership can indeed convince 'out there' not to stay 'out there' but .. to come ...  'in here'.  And ... surely you can see the inherent irony of that inspirational challenge!?

I feel the irony for higher education - we like and, yes, need 'out there' to come in here and share a globally focused learning journey. We simply can't afford - on so many levels - to shut ourselves off from the richness that is out there in this amazing world.  A new BA Education Studies (Primary) degree at my university, the Open Univesity, has gone to great lengths to ensure a focus on global education issues particularly at the coming Level 3 stage in the new qualification.   So .. do our leadership possess the skills to spread the idea inspiringly that we are in fact open to the world?

Fast-pace-London

The world is fast-paced. Can leadership inspire forward thinking .. or are we stuck in past red phone boxes?

 

 

So, the challenge is essentially how to square what unquestionably inspired many to vote leave - a desire to keep 'out there out' - with the forward-looking need to enthuse 'out there to keep coming in here'.  While remote working and the worldwide web might, in theory, enable us to do business 'out there' without ever having to either gon'out there' or have 'out there come in' .. let's face it .. that's not really going to work is it!?

Surely collaborative working has to be at the heart of 21st century business with global interests 'out there'.  Indeed Gary Hensel (@garyhensel) on Twitter quotes Jessy Lyn Stoner:

     When you collaborate, you find creative win-win solution

.. and surely collaboration has to merge 'out there' and 'in here'

Tower-bridge-London

Raise the Bridge! There's a journey ahead!

 

The Journey Ahead - Inspiring Leadership Needed! 

It is worth noting as tweeted by Shawn Upchurch (@ShawnUpchurch)

  Leadership is an ever-evolving position. (Mike Krzyzewski)

I suspect fast-paced leadership evolution is required in post-Brexit world!

As Nathan Floyd (@411onthisstuff) points out on Twitter:

   We discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop conforming to our own and other people's models. 

Nin-conformist leadership of that ilk might be itself a significant challenge for any political leader - and doubly so in post-Brexit world! Surely, over-conforming leadership though runs in conflict with the need to inspire others with those all-important ideas that will live on.  But to soften the political blow of not conforming  .. as Dr Aleesha Dhillon (@wellness_igp_uk) notes on Twitter:

    The next time you feel someone is negative towards you, remember it's not a reflection on you 

Finally, as Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) tweets:

   Leaders don't force others to follow. They invite others on a journey.   (Charles Layer)

The post-Brexit journey is inherently challenging   Here, I've drawn attention to what I'll call the 'out there' - 'in here' conundrum   Collaboration on any level requires a bit of both   Globally relevant business requires a bit of both   The journey ahead requires a bit if both   We need informed and thoughtful inspiration to take us along that Jouney    Or .. we just stay on our island, don't go anywhere and don't let any 'out there' ..'in here' ...

 

 

(All Twitter content cited here comes from just some of my excellent Twitter followers   Enjoy more of them by following them on Twitter)

 

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Sep 16

Tutors' and Students' Experiences of Online Forums

Virtual College - vocational eLearning from Yorkshire wherever you are

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Sep 16

How diabetes almost made me blind

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You can't see these eyes are affected by diabetic retinopathy .. but they are

 

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Sep 16

How I almost didn't get into Brazil for sounding TOO Brazilian

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Brazilian beach

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Rio de Janeiro - just so you know this is about Brazil!

 

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Sep 16

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