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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2019 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

Update 29 October 2019: the macOS 10.15.1 release appears to have resolved the problem of not being able to interact with the preference windows of Catalyst apps when running VoiceOver.

In my early tests I have been able to access and configure settings in all three Catalyst apps which previously exhibited the problematic behaviour described in the post below.

It's great news that Apple appears to be making changes to the underlying app conversion process…

17 comments : last update or comment 3 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS 10.15 Catalina to the public. As usual, we won’t cover the mainstream features here, concentrating instead on what's new and changed for blind and low vision users. For an overview of the mainstream changes, we recommend that you read this indepth review of Catalina by Mac Stories.

Please remember to check the section about bugs to see if now is the right time to upgrade…

68 comments : last update or comment 3 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by AppleVis

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight 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 year ago
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2 to fix a small number of bugs.

According to Apple's release notes, via MacRumors, these updates include bug fixes for several issues, including problems with the camera, iCloud backup, and flashlight:

iOS 13.1.2:

  • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup…
27 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 to fix a small number of bugs and address one security vulnerability.

According to Apple's release notes, the iOS 13.1.1 update addresses the following bugs:

  • Fixes issues that could prevent iPhone restoring from backup
  • Addresses an issue that could cause battery to drain more quickly
  • Fixes an issue that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max…
17 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update 2, along with iOS 12.4.2 and watchOS 5.3.2 for older devices for which the latest operating systems are not available.

According to Apple's release notes, via MacRumors, the updates address a vulnerability that could allow a remote attacker to, "cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution."…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released tvOS 13, bringing a redesigned Home screen; a new Control Center; multi-user support; picture-in-picture; and more to Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.

A New Home Screen

tvOS 13 introduces an updated Home screen, which Apple says is designed for discovery:

Apps can now play full-screen video previews on the Home…

0 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2019 by Jonathan Mosen

I am totally blind and wear Made For iPhone (MFI) hearing aids, in my case the Oticon OPN S 1. My primary method of input on iPhone is Braille Screen Input, but when working on more complex documents, I use my Apple Magic Keyboard.

Until last Friday, I was running an iPhone 10S Max, but I have now upgraded to an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Users of MFI hearing aids are well aware that there has been an ongoing issue using Bluetooth keyboards, VoiceOver, and the aids together. This…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 year 1 month ago
Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2019 by Dave82

Introduction

It's that time of year again. Apple has just released new iPhones and Watches, alongside major software updates for new and existing devices.

This year, Apple has done something a little different though, by creating iPad OS. Fear not though, it's still that familiar iOS you know and love, and includes all the new features and enhancements of iOS 13, but now has its own identity and some additional features all of its own, as Apple looks to make the case for…

0 comments : last update or comment 1 year 1 month ago
Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 to the public. In addition to bringing many new features originally slated for the initial iOS 13 release, these releases bring fixes for a large number of the bugs that iOS 13.0 introduced for blind and low vision users.

Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users

Our testing suggests that the following pre-…

144 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 6, bringing new and enhanced apps; new watch faces and complications; new health features; a dedicated App Store; and a more powerful Siri.

Below are some of the highlights.

An App Store on your Wrist

You can now search and download apps directly on your Apple Watch thanks to a new native App Store app.

You can search for apps using Siri, Dictation or Scribble; and then view app descriptions, reviews and screenshots.

52 comments : last update or comment 10 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Scott Davert

introduction

It's September, and that means a lot of things. For users of iOS devices, it's time for a new major iOS update.

Just like other releases, this latest build brings a lot of new features and enhancements to supported iOS Devices. Major changes include a system-wide Dark Mode, QuickPath keyboard, support for thumb drives and other USB external memory devices, call blocking features for spam callers, and much more. Many blogs will be highlighting these new…

37 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by AppleVis

iOS 13 was released to the public on 19 September, 2019. This post contains details of the VoiceOver and braille bugs which we believe to have been introduced in iOS 13; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which we believe have been 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 overall user…

151 comments : last update or comment 7 months 1 week ago
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2019 by Morgan Watkins

Before there was an iPod or an iPhone, and even before Microsoft had Windows 95, there was the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. In those early years, I was a regular attendee at the WWDC. I was extremely fortunate to make great connections with many Apple employees and other Macintosh developers. I also established very close ties with the event organizers. Instead of sitting in one of the thousands of tightly packed stackable chairs in the main hall, where I would never see the slide…

59 comments : last update or comment 9 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by mehgcap

Intro

Apple has just concluded its annual September media event. This year's, which it titled "By Innovation Only", gave us new iPhones, the Series 5 Apple Watch, and more details on the company's new Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus subscription services. Innovation, though, wasn't exactly the word I first thought of when I considered how to sum up the announcements. Don't get me wrong: the new iPhones have some great new features, and it will be interesting to see where the new…

23 comments : last update or comment 1 year 1 month ago
Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 by mehgcap

Intro

I've used Apple's original AirPods since the fall of 2017. About two months ago, in June of 2019, I found a good sale and upgraded to the second generation. I knew the sound wouldn't be any different, but I was intrigued by other features. I wanted the Hey Siri support, the reduced latency, the better connection, and the automatic speaking of new messages.

Now I'm here, ready to tackle the big question: is it worth upgrading? To make things a little easier, I'm going…

13 comments : last update or comment 1 year 1 month ago
Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2019 by AppleVis

Welcome to the August 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight 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 year 1 month ago
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by AppleVis

Apple has today released updates to all of its major platforms, iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

According to Apple's release notes for iOS 12.4.1, via MacRumors, the update contains, "Important security and stability updates" and is believed to fix a recently discovered security vulnerability.

According to Apple's release notes for macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, via…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by Morgan Watkins

Don and I met during college Orientation in late July 1972. He was 18 and I was 17. Don was blind and I was heading in that direction. I have retinitis pigmentosa and had already lost my night vision. Don and I saw advantages to becoming roommates. He would teach me essential future blindness skills and, per his request, I would hide his bottle of Southern Comfort.

I started my university career with a serious problem. After the sun set, I could not find my way from my dorm in the…

23 comments : last update or comment 8 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2019 by AppleVis

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight 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 year 2 months ago

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