Apple has today released iOS 8.2 to the public, bringing with it a series of performance and stability improvements and support for the forthcoming Apple Watch.
For blind and low vision users, Apple addressed an issue which caused VoiceOver to crash when exiting certain apps. This would result in the iOS device becoming unresponsive for anything up to 60 seconds.
While iOS 8.2 does not contain as many improvements for blind and low vision users as we have seen in some recent releases, our testing has found that there do not appear to be any new bugs introduced in this update. Additionally, Apple confirmed that there are accessibility improvements coming in iOS 8.3 (to be released later this Spring). Specifically, we have been told that iOS 8.3 will include bug fixes for Safari, Braille Screen Input, Mail, Braille displays and general device usage.
Outside of accessibility, TechCrunch reports that iOS 8.2 includes the following changes:
8.2 brings developer support for Apple Watch apps to the iPhone, letting WatchKit software work with other iOS devices. It also improves Apple’s Health app, adding additional choices and third-party support, as well as new privacy features. Apple also made improvements to general OS stability with this update.
As always, if you notice any accessibility changes in iOS 8.2, please be sure to let us know in the comments. We cannot test every app or situation, so we greatly value your help in spotting potential problems or fixes. Please also remember to continue to report bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org, as this is the best way to ensure that your reports are documented by Apple.
iOS 8.2 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings> General> Software Update) or via iTunes.