iOS 8.1.1 is now available for download, and - just as with iOS 8.1 - it includes a number of bug fixes for blind and low vision users.
Here are the changes that we have found in our initial testing. Please do let us know in the comments of any further fixes or new bugs that you find in this release.
- The screen now correctly scrolls to follow the movement of VoiceOver focus. This has been a significant problem since the initial release of iOS 8, and means that VoiceOver users no longer have to resort to 3-finger swiping and locating by touch to do simple things such as opening email attachments or making purchases from the Amazon Mobile app.
- Siri now functions correctly when used with VoiceOver, and all commands/responses appear to be spoken fully.
- VoiceOver now consistently announces when a new push notification is received, even when the device is locked.
- VoiceOver now automatically reads the Caller ID for incoming phone calls.
- If your iPhone is muted, VoiceOver once again provides feedback when you touch or swipe the screen when there is an incoming call.
- It appears as though some work has been done to prevent the screen from auto-locking while VoiceOver is speaking.
- VoiceOver appears to perform better when navigating the “Details” screen of message threads that contain attachments.
Apple’s Accessibility Team is now making some significant headway into fixing the accessibility-specific bugs that were introduced in the initial release of iOS 8. However, many bugs are still present - from the petty to the not so petty - so it is important that we continue to let Apple know of any problems that we encounter and provide them with as much information as possible to help them with isolating and correcting the cause of the problem. As always, emailing the Accessibility Team at firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to report accessibility-specific bugs.