When typing using a braille display, if a notification or other flash message comes in while typing, the cursor will jump to another random point in the text field.



The above behavior has been present since iOS 11, and has been duplicated by several users with different configurations of iOS. It has manifested itself from text not being translated when the flash message comes up through iOS 12.1, to its current state as described.

Bug First Encountered

iOS 11.0

Device(s) bug has been encountered on


How often the bug occurs



Turn on Do Not Disturb when inputting text with a braille display.



Fixed In

iOS 13.0



By PaulMartz on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 00:46

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

The issue is also present when using the Colloquy app in IRC chat. Notifications of new messages do not appear as with SMS text messages, but VoiceOver still reads incoming chats aloud. If this occurs while composing an outgoing chat message, the resulting chat message gets garbled. Since this issue happens without notifications, the Do Not Disturb workaround is ineffective.

By Brian Tew on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 00:46

I think this is a natural result of how chat apps are designed, that is, for sighted people.
Incoming messages scroll the chat and the cursor jumps to the new message. this is normal visually,
but it makes braille unusable unless you can find a chatter who will answer one message at a time.
same thing with skype in ios, but even worse.
If a chat program is ever going to work well in braille the focus must be controlled totally by the braille user,
and not jerked hither and yon by the app.

By Brian Tew on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 00:46

turning on do not disturb may help a little in some apps, but generally not much.
All incoming messages still interfere with what one is trying to read.