Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 with Some Improvements to Smart Invert

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Apple has today released iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1.

In these releases, Apple has addressed a number of issues with Smart Invert.

These are the fixes and improvements to Smart Invert that we are currently aware of:

  • Smart Invert now works as expected with Safari webpages when Dark Mode is enabled.
  • Apps which use a dark on light color scheme should now invert to light on dark when Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled.
  • The onscreen keyboard for Spotlight searches now displays as expected when Smart Invert is enabled.
  • The Lock screen camera now uses an appropriate color combination when Dark Mode and/or Smart Invert are enabled.

There are still issues with Smart Invert, but today's releases go some way towards restoring this feature to where it was prior to the regressions introduced with iOS and iPadOS 13.3.

The remaining issues with Smart Invert that we know of are:

  • If Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled, your screen may briefly flash white when your device is woken.
  • The Dock and open folders on the Home screen do not use the appropriate color combinations when Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled.
  • The Notifications Center may not use the appropriate color combinations when Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled.
  • The Today view may not use the appropriate color combinations when Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled.
  • You may find on occasions that when switching to an app that supports Dark Mode it will initially display with a dark on light color scheme when Dark Mode and Smart Invert are enabled. On these occasions you should find that turning Smart Invert off and then on again will resolve the problem.

If you are a low vision user of the Smart Invert feature, please let us know of any additional issues or improvements by posting a comment below.

Thank you to SoYoung for providing the following information on the performance of Smart Invert:

Smart invert colours is still broken if you activate it while in dark mode. If you zoom in, the colours will invert again (example the background will be white again) and will revert back when zoom out. You have to switch first to light mode and then turn on smart invert to avoid this bug.

The flash bug in lock screen will happen if you activate smart invert just once and even if you turn it off, the lock screen will still flash in dark mode when you turn the screen on. Only method to get rid of it is to reboot the phone completely and not turn on smart invert at all. Also, some apps with dark text on white pages still don't invert if smart invert is enabled for me.

As far as we are aware at this time, there are no additional fixes or changes for blind or low vision users in iOS 13.3.1 or iPadOS 13.3.1.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 13.3.1 includes the following changes and fixes:

  • Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
  • Adds a setting to control the use of location services by the U1 Ultra Wideband chip
  • Addresses an issue that could cause a momentary delay before editing a Deep Fusion photo taken on ‌iPhone 11‌ or iPhone 11 Pro
  • Resolves an issue with Mail that could cause remote images to load even when the “Load Remote Images” setting is disabled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause multiple undo dialogs to appear in Mail
  • Addresses an issue where FaceTime could use the rear facing ultra-wide camera instead of the wide camera
  • Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
  • Addresses a CarPlay issue that could cause distorted sound when making phone calls in certain vehicles
  • Introduces support for Indian English Siri voices for HomePod

The release notes for ‌iPadOS‌ 13.3.1 are:

iPadOS‌ 13.3.1 includes bug fixes and improvements. This update:

  • Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
  • Addresses an issue with Mail that could cause remote images to load even when the “Load Remote Images” setting is disabled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause multiple undo dialogs to appear in Mail
  • Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
  • Introduces support for Indian English ‌Siri‌ voices for ‌HomePod‌

As we always stress, we can make no claims on the completeness or accuracy of our testing. We are only a small team, and it is simply impossible for us to test all devices, configurations, applications, and use cases. Accordingly, to help us ensure that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible, please let us know in the comments of any fixes; enhancements; or regressions that you find in your own use of iOS 13.3.1 or iPadOS 13.3.1.

How to update

iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 are available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings > General > Software Update) via Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina, or via iTunes on a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier.

Before updating, we strongly recommend making a full and complete backup of your device (either locally or in iCloud, depending on personal preference). This will ensure that, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the update process, you will have a current backup on hand in case a device restore becomes necessary. Also, if using OTA update, we recommend plugging your device into a power source for the duration of the download/installation process, so as to prevent the unlikely event of your battery going dead during the update.

More information on how to update the software on your device is available on this Apple Support page.

As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on these updates. Let us know by adding a comment below.

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Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Using iPhone 11 pro which I love, however in installing update, notice that can not tell percentage of installation. VO is not able to report about how long to finish unlike watchOS recent update.

Submitted by J.P. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I had the same issue with DL progress on my 11. Backing out of software update screen and back in solved it.

Submitted by SoYoung on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Smart invert colours is still broken if you activate it while in dark mode. If you zoom in, the colours will invert again (exemple the background will be white again) and will revert back when zoom out. You have to switch first to light mode and then turn on smart invert to avoid this bug.

The flash bug in lock screen will happen if you activate smart invert just once and even if you turn it off, the lock screen will still flash in dark mode when you turn the screen on. Only method to get rid of it is to reboot the phone completely and not turn on smart invert at all. Also, some apps with dark text on white pages still don't invert if smart invert is enabled for me.

All in all, my main devices will still stay at 13.2.3 for now. I can't stand the flash and zoom bugs in 13.3.1.

Submitted by AppleForAll on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

When are they going to fix these bugs with the Braille keyboard?
I also have problems when unlocking my device. When I press the power button and quickly swipe up to go to the homescreen, the iPhone XS gets stuck for seconds after it works again.
Often, I have to restart VoiceOver because it starts to react slowly. Mostly, it seems to happen in Safari.
I wished I'd still run on iOS 12.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

In reply to by AppleForAll

Using 11 pro and also have issues with the lock screen. It comes and goes and is not consistent. iOS 13.4 will probably will be release this week or next for the beta. Hope they address some accessibility issues. Not.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, January 30, 2020

I was really hoping there would be a fix for the VoiceOver focus resetting itself to the top of the window. It's so annoying. The number of times I have to swipe back through items is awful. I too wish I'd stayed on iOS 12. I wonder if there is any way of downgrading. There has been absolutely nothing introduced by iOS 13 that has improved my experience.

Submitted by J.P. on Thursday, January 30, 2020

At this point; I can honestly say I F’n hate Apple. Either they’re incompetent, or just don’t give a sht. My calls are freezing again. It was nice when it briefly worked. Kinda accessible is no longer an option Apple!!!

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hi, what device are you on? I wonder how many of these issues are device specific. With an ever growing range I worry that hardware specific bugs will raise their heads and, for those of us on the older devices, iPhonee 8 for me, I doubt apple will use the resources to fix those issues preferring to focus on the latest releases.

Very close to jumping to android. I'm going to wait for the 13.4 update and see where we go from there. I know they are putting other processes in place to avoid such a car crash of an OS, but maybe too little too late.

Submitted by J.P. on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hi Oliver,
I have a 128GB iPhone 11. So not an older device. I reported to Apple and was told I was 3rd report today.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, January 30, 2020

My issue is that when on the lock screen and use face ID the phone freezes and does not open and also VO freezes. I think someone also stated the same issue. Hope during the summer if applevis invites Sara to talk about accessibility they ask her about the lack of fixes with iOS 13. Hope they do not tell her how wanderful apple is and how much they love the iPhone.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Friday, January 31, 2020

Well, it's comforting to know that others have the same problem. Nothing worse than being such a specific use case that no one else has the issue.

Submitted by Brad S. on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Is it just me, or is anyone else experiencing the CAPS LOCK feature not working in iOS 13. I am using an iPhone X, and experience this issue in all instances of keyboard use. Not sure if this started with the initial version of iOS 13, or a subsequent update, but it has been present in the last few updates, and I have not heard or read anyone mentioning this annoying issue.
Like many others, I wish I had never made the jump to iOS 13. Thankfully, I have kept my iPad Pro on iOS 12.4.1, where it works just fine without issues or annoyances.

Submitted by Taeshim on Saturday, February 1, 2020

I recently got the iPhone 6s plus from my older brother and am on ios 13 from doing a restore and here are the bugs I've noticed:
- Cannot switch between 3 different keyboards. Only the first 2 choices in the keyboard list is switched around. (Have reported this to apple and the rep confirmed that he can recreate the same thing on his phone and will report it as a new bug)
- After dictation, sound will switch to bluetooth connected device and have to turn bluetooth off and on or restart phone to get sound back to device. ( have reported this bug since many ios versions ago, but still not fixed...)
- Still cannot enter in first name when creating a new contact without typing in another edit field.
- When making a call, I like to lift up to my ear and put it down to switch to speaker, but as soon as the other person answers the call, it reverts back to device. Not serious, but just annoying. This has been happening since many ios versions ago too.

Submitted by Daniel on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hi all

New XR here running 13.3.1

When using lightning headphones, With any audio app. If you start to play something, then lock the screen, does VO tell you the time whenever you slightly move your device?

This one is driving me crazy! Unfortunately, my previous phone just suddenly died on me. So I had no choice but to use 13. Otherwise, I would still be using 12.

Submitted by Curtis Chong on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Raise to Wake must be on. If you turn it off, VoiceOver will not speak the time while the screen is locked, but it will talk if you receive a notification such as a text or news alert.

Submitted by Daniel on Saturday, February 1, 2020

It's already off for me. Any more ideas worth checking?

Submitted by Daniel on Saturday, February 1, 2020

To clarify when raise to wake is off. The time is still being spoken when screen is locked.

Submitted by Austin Grace on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hello. Is touch the screen to wake still on? It took me forever to find that setting but it's in accessibility under touch towards the bottom.

Submitted by Daniel on Sunday, February 2, 2020

Yes it is. Should I Turn this option off then?