Apple has today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public.
At the time of posting, release notes are not yet available; however, it’s likely that this release will mostly bring under-the-hood improvements with no major changes in regard to features and operation. We will update this post if this proves not to be the case and there are outward-facing changes of note.
For blind and low vision users, our testing indicates that Apple has made some progress towards addressing the accessibility bugs present in iOS 10. Specifically, based on our limited testing, we believe the following serious bugs to be resolved in iOS 10.2.1:
- Freedom Scientific Focus Blue, Handy Tech Easy Braille, Papenmeier, and Esys braille displays now correctly pair to devices running iOS 10.2.1.
- When typing in any text field with a braille display, text input is no longer sluggish as it was for many under iOS 10.2.
These are currently the only accessibility-related changes that we are aware of in iOS 10.2.1. However, as we always stress, it is impossible for us to test all devices, apps, and use cases. With this and the fact that iOS 10 introduced a number of bugs which were not common to all users and use cases, it is possible that there are changes, regressions or improvements that we are not aware of at the time of posting. With this in mind, we would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible. If you spot any accessibility-related changes in iOS 10.2.1, please do let us know in the comments below.
iOS 10.2.1 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings>General>Software Update) or via iTunes on your Mac or PC. As always, we recommend making a backup of your device before installing any software update.