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Posted on Monday, May 17, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today announced that Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021 at no additional cost.

Apple describes Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos as a “revolutionary, immersive audio experience that enables artists to mix music so the sound comes from all around and from above,” with the resulting listening…

13 comments : last update or comment 2 months 1 week ago
Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, and watchOS 7.4.1.

Apple's release notes for iOS 14.5.1 state that the update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency (ATT) where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling.

According to the full security notes for the macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 release, it…

0 comments : last update or comment 2 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Saturday, May 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the April 2021 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 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

DreamLab (iOS…

0 comments : last update or comment 2 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2021 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

After two years of rumour, speculation, and hype, Apple's AirTag has finally arrived; and my early impressions and experience suggest that it might have been worth the wait if you are blind or low vision - most particularly so for those who use an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12.

For those unfamiliar, AirTag is Apple's new Bluetooth tracker announced at its recent “Spring Loaded” event. It's a button…

26 comments : last update or comment 1 month ago
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by PaulMartz

Computer pioneer Alan Turing’s famous Turing Test quantified a machine’s ability to behave intelligently. In the test, a judge would communicate with a human and computer via a text-based communications medium. The computer would pass the test if the judge couldn’t’’ tell them apart. It sounds like something straight out of Blade Runner, in which Harrison Ford played a detective tracking down rogue androids posing as humans.

The Turing Test has real-world applications. The…

8 comments : last update or comment 2 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5; bringing support for AirTag, new features, security enhancements, and bug fixes.

macOS Big Sur 11.3

Our testing suggests that the following issues have been addressed in macOS Big Sur 11.3:

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5; bringing support for AirTag, new features, security and privacy enhancements, and bug fixes.

Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users

Our testing suggests that the following pre-existing accessibility bugs have been resolved in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5:

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by AppleVis

Today, Apple held its first product launch event of the year: “Spring Loaded”. True to its title, the event was “loaded” with product news and announcements - there's new iPad Pro models, a much-needed update to the iMac, the arrival of Apple's long-rumored AirTag item tracker, an updated Apple TV 4K with a redesigned Siri remote, and much more.

Read on for the highlights of today's product launches and news.

iPad Pro

As widely anticipated, the iPad Pro was the main…

17 comments : last update or comment 3 months ago
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the March 2021 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 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

Blind Drive (…

0 comments : last update or comment 3 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2 for older devices, and watchOS 7.3.3 with a critical Webkit security fix

As these updates appear to have been released to address a specific issue, our expectation is that they do not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low vision users; however, if you notice any changes, improvements or regressions in your own use of these releases, please post a comment with your findings.

Release Notes

0 comments : last update or comment 4 months ago
Posted on Monday, March 8, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS and iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 , and watchOS 7.3.2.

Though these updates appear to have been primarily released to address a specific security issue, a bug introduced in iOS 14.4, appears to have been resolved. This was the bug concerning connectivity issues for the Mantis Q 40, Chameleon 20, and both the Brailliant BI20S and bi40X models. Both…

8 comments : last update or comment 4 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, March 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the February 2021 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 4 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2, introducing safeguards to prevent MacBooks from being damaged by non-compliant USB-C hubs and docks.

As macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 appears to have been released to address a specific issue, our expectation is that it does not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low vision users; however, if you notice any changes, improvements or regressions in your own use of this release, please post a comment with your findings.

macOS…

0 comments : last update or comment 5 months ago
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 7.3.1 for Apple Watch Series 5 and SE, reportedly to fix an issue that prevented the watch from charging when in Power Reserve mode.

As watchOS 7.3.1 is only available to select models to address a specific issue, our expectation is that it does not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low vision users; however, if you notice any changes, improvements or regressions in your own use of this release, please post a comment with your findings…

0 comments : last update or comment 5 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.2.1, bringing a fix for an issue that prevented some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models from charging, and reportedly addressing several security vulnerabilities in the operating system.

As macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 appears to have been released to address a small number of specific issues, our expectation is that it does not contain any accessibility…

5 comments : last update or comment 5 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.2; a relatively minor bug fix release that resolves bluetooth issues, brings some M1 Mac fixes, and more.

Our testing suggests that the following VoiceOver issue has been addressed in macOS Big Sur 11.2:

The issue which…

5 comments : last update or comment 5 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the January 2021 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 5 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 7.3 and tvOS 14.4 to the public.

For low vision users, watchOs 7.3 brings a fix for an issue where Control Center and Notification Center may be unresponsive when Zoom is enabled.

At the time of posting, we are unaware of any additional fixes or changes for blind and low vision users in these releases. Likewise, we are unaware of any new bugs. If you discover any fixes, changes or regressions in your own use of the software, please let us know…

0 comments : last update or comment 6 months ago
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 by AppleVis

UPDATE: American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has issued a warning that there are connection issues for the Mantis and Chameleon braille displays after upgrading to iOS 14.4; and recommend that you turn off automatic updates and do not upgrade until a resolution has been found:

The basic issue is that once you upgrade to 14.4, as soon as you lock your iPad or iPhone with the…

38 comments : last update or comment 5 months ago
Posted on Friday, January 8, 2021 by AppleVis

In an annual meeting of shareholders notice and proxy statement filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Apple says that beginning in 2021 a new “environmental, social, and governance modifier” will be used to increase or decrease bonus payouts to its executives by up to 10% based on an evaluation of their’ performance with respect to the company's six core values:…

36 comments : last update or comment 6 months 2 weeks ago

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