Apple Releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 with Stability, Compatibility, and Security Improvements

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Apple has today released OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, bringing with it a series of bug fixes and improvements—including a fix for Microsoft Office 2016 compatibility.

According to AppleInsider, this update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of a user's Mac.

Specific changes made in OS X 10.11.1, according to Apple, include:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support

In this release, Apple appears to have made Nuance voices more responsive, especially when deleting characters or switching apps. This is the only major bug we have found to be fixed in this release, but we are still looking and will update this post if we discover any other improvements. In the meantime, do please let us know via the comments of any accessibility-related changes or improvements that you find.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 is available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

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Submitted by Zebs on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Legends for radio buttons and check boxes don't appear to be working in Mac OS 10.11

Submitted by Joseph on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Roter navigation is also still slightly twisted. For instance, if on a web page with headings, normally in previous versions, that roter setting was remembebed. But not nowadays. also, the roter setting doesn't automatically switch back to navigation when leaving a web page, or indeed any form of html content. This should probably bbe fixed.

Submitted by Ekaj on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well, I finally did it. Last night I began the upgrade process, and this morning when I got up and came in here to check El Capitan was installed. Not only that, but my system was automatically updated to version 10.11.1 without me having to do a thing. First off, Alex does seem a bit snappier. I currently have Fred as my Content voice, and he hasn't cut out yet. I suppose that's not saying much though as I only upgraded a few hours ago, but just saying. I like how the VO sounds are concurrent with the speech, but I liked the way they were before as well. I'm going to continue playing around with the new stuff, but thus far I'm very pleased.

Submitted by Jay Bee on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I believe most of you are using passwords to keep your Mac secure. In which case, isn't it fussy to log-in at the start up screen using VO? I found that the new feature of this update that more or less automates group interaction when the corresponding setting is enabled in the VO utilities, hardly applies to VO at the starting screen. So as a result I find it real hard to log-in to my user account and sometimes while I'm typing my password, VO tend to lose focus as well.
Has anyone experienced this problem?
Any work-arounds?

Submitted by Usman on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I haven't noticed this no.

Submitted by Jay Bee on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In reply to by Usman

You mean you could log in without a hassle?
In my case, when I activated VO at the log-in screen it keeps on saying "Username" no matter what I press on the keyboard.
So what I usually do is turning VO off and press right arrow once to get to the guest user and then again pressing the left arrow once to get into my user account profile and hit enter. Then I type the password and hit enter. It takes a few seconds for the mac to load my settings afterwards and take me to the desktop while loading VO with my preferences.
Am I doing something the wrong way? or is there a way to enable VO to start with my preferences in the log-in screen as well?

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

No problems here logging in either. I briefly checked out the new setting in the VO Utility which changes interaction behavior, but for now at least I'm keeping it at the default level. I might play around with this setting a bit more once these gremlins are cleared out of my Mac, or whatever the heck's been taking up all this hard-disk space. I permanently uninstalled some voices, and I at least have a bit more space freed up than I did. But back to the groups thing. I think I like the standard interaction behavior anyway at least for the time being.

Submitted by Tyler on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Voiceover behaves differently if you have FileVault turned on. To turn it off, open security and privacy preferences. Select the filevault tab and hit turn off FileVault.

If FileVault is off and you want Voiceover to come on automatically at the login window, open users and groups preferences. Navigate to login options in the list and select use Voiceover in the login window.

Submitted by Felix on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I'm still unable to move the insertion point and edit text in text fields on web pages. I've submitted a bug report to Apple, but they were unable to reproduce the issue. I'm perplexed

Submitted by Darrell Hilliker on Thursday, October 29, 2015

What are the issues surrounding FileVault and VoiceOver? Does using FileVault change things so that VoiceOver no longer functions normally? Does it prevent blind people from logging in or otherwise successfully using their computers? Are there security features in FileVault we are not able to avail ourselves of because we are blind?

Submitted by Tyler on Thursday, October 29, 2015

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When FileVault is on, the login window is presented differently with Voiceover. When you press command F 5 at the login window, the computer will either beep once or Voiceover will say username. Enter it and if it is correct, the computer will either beep twice to go to the password field or Voiceover will say password. Enter the password and your computer should beep three times and once logged in, Voiceover should behave as normal. This apparently has something to do with the availability of speech services on an encrypted disk, and whether it beeps or speaks depends on your Mac model.