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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 by AppleVis

Just a week after the release of iOS 14.0 to the public, Apple has today released iOS 14.0.1. This appears to be a bug fix release to address a small number of issues introduced in 14.0; including one where changing your default email client or web browser would be reset when you restarted your device.

As we have not had the opportunity to test iOS 14.0.1 ahead of today's release, we are unaware at this time if it brings any fixes to…

13 comments : last update or comment 1 day 14 hours ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released tvOS 14, bringing what at best can be described as small, incremental changes for the Apple TV.

For gamers, tvOS 14 brings quick game resume with multi-user support, similar to features on the PS4 and Xbox One, that let you jump right back into a game where you left off, and new support for the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.

Picture-in-picture support has been expanded as well. Now users can use fitness apps while watching live TV…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 week 5 days ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 7, bringing a new Sleep app, new watch faces, the ability to use more than one complication from an app on the same face, face configuration sharing, handwashing tracking, Family Setup, and more.

Here are the highlights.

Sleep App

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of your health. With watchOS 7, Apple Watch now uses its accelerometer to notice the subtle movements associated with breathing and differentiate between sleeping…

13 comments : last update or comment 6 hours 33 minutes ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by Scott Davert

Fall is almost here, and in the year of unpredictability, we have something which remains consistent. iOS 14.0 is out the same week it has been in previous years. It will have a significant number of enhancements for users of the iPhone 6s and newer, as well as the iPod 7th generation. Mainstream changes include the ability to put widgets on the Home screen, an App Library, enhancements to Messages, new privacy settings, and many more. A lot of outlets will be covering these features in…

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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by AppleVis

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have been released to the public. This post contains details of the VoiceOver, low vision, and braille bugs which we believe have been introduced in these releases; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which we believe to be resolved.

As is our routine practice, each new bug has been given a severity rating; these ratings are based upon what we believe to be the implications for accessing and using features and functionality and the level of impact on the…

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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by mehgcap

The "Time Flies" Event

On September 15, Apple held its second all-digital major press event of the year, calling it "Time Flies". Ordinarily, the September event is where we get to see the latest iPhone, among other products. Even Apple isn't immune to the craziness of life in the year 2020, however; it seems we'll have to wait a bit longer for the new iPhone. Instead, today was about Apple Watch and iPad. It wasn't all hardware, though. We also got a new fitness…

9 comments : last update or comment 1 week 6 days ago
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 by AppleVis

Update #2: It's been confirmed that audio description will be available for the event when it airs (rather than a described version being made available later, which is what Apple typically does with live stream events).

The event starts at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. UTC.

How to watch

11 comments : last update or comment 2 weeks ago
Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2020 by PaulMartz

You tried Google Docs. You approached it like a web page, expecting to find controls with VO+Left and VO+Right, but nothing made sense. Or you approached it like a word processor but couldn't figure out even simple things like how to open menus. Me too. It was a frustrating experience.

Take a moment with me. Let's cry and scream together and smash our fists on the keyboard. And after that's over, let's teach this beast that we will not surrender. Together, we will learn Google Docs…

12 comments : last update or comment 1 week 3 days ago
Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.7, bringing a new COVID-19 “Exposure Notifications Express” system, which removes the need to install a separate third-party app.

In a quote provided to The Verge, Apple described this new notification system as:

... the next step in our work with public health authorities on Exposure Notifications,…

10 comments : last update or comment 3 weeks ago
Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the August 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

1 comments : last update or comment 4 weeks ago
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.6.1, iPadOS 13.6.1, and a supplemental update to macOS Catalina 10.15.6.

According to Apple's release notes for iOS 13.6.1, via MacRumors this update:

  • Addresses an issue where unneeded system data files might not be automatically deleted when available storage is low
  • Fixes a thermal management issue that caused some displays to…
15 comments : last update or comment 4 weeks 1 day ago
Posted on Monday, August 10, 2020 by Morgan Watkins

I cut my own hair last week. I purchased the Elite Pro electric hair clippers through Amazon, and unpacked the much anticipated and quickly sanitized cardboard box. My overly long, unruly, very silver hair felt yucky and gross. It was time to shed the extra weight. I plugged in the clippers, stripped off my shirt and sat on a low plastic footstool over the tiled kitchen floor. Now, I was poised and personally empowered to do great damage. This was going to be fun! I drove those clippers…

24 comments : last update or comment 1 month 1 week ago
Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by AppleVis

Update 18 August: Apple has today released beta 5 to developers, with the release notes stating that “VoiceOver is now functional.”

Update 10 August: Apple has today released the Public Preview of watchOS 7, and it appears that it does indeed not work with VoiceOver as was the case with last week's developer release.

27 comments : last update or comment 1 month 1 week ago
Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

0 comments : last update or comment 1 month 4 weeks ago
Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 by AppleVis

We are seeking experienced iOS/iPadOS users to join our pilot bug identification and tracking team.

Over the last several years, one of the AppleVis Editorial Team's primary efforts (besides managing the day-to-day operations of the website) has been the identification; reporting; and tracking of bugs with vision accessibility features in Apple software . We do this work with the hopes that fellow blind and low vision users will be able to be better informed about accessibility…

0 comments : last update or comment 1 month 3 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by AppleVis

In addition to releasing iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6,, Apple has today released macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8. Apple additionally today released new 13.4.8 software for HomePod.

With much of Apple's focus likely being on this fall's software releases, we…

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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6, bringing changes to how software updates are installed, changes to the Health and News apps, and support for Car Key - a feature which allows an iPhone or an Apple Watch to be used to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.

We are currently unaware of any changes, fixes or regressions in these releases for blind or low vision users. If you encounter any during your own use of the software, please let us know by posting a comment below.

34 comments : last update or comment 1 month 2 weeks ago
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2020 by Scott Davert

Introduction

As the number of active Apple devices increases, so too do the different choices that the consumer has. The latest offering from Apple is the new iPhone SE 2020. This iPhone is a mix of the old and new: it retains the build size of the iPhone 8, but has the new A13 Bionic chip offered in the iPhone 11 series. It offers Bluetooth 5.0, but retains the Home…

16 comments : last update or comment 1 month 3 weeks ago
Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

The Editorial Team and I are pleased to announce a major upgrade and redesign to the AppleVis website.

When I created AppleVis ten years ago, I built it quickly and with little idea of where the site would go... and certainly no expectation that it would become as popular, valuable, and successful as our community has made it.

AppleVis has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations, and I truly thank everybody in our community for this.

Over the past decade, the…

110 comments : last update or comment 1 month 1 week ago
Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the June 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

BBC…

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