VoiceOver Changes And Improvements In iOS 7.1.2

iOS and iPadOS

Hello Apple geeks.
As you may already have known, iOS 7.1.2 has released today and contains bug fixes and security updates. Unfortunately, there are no VoiceOver changes and improvements for Arab users in this update. I've been facing serious issues since iOS 7.1, I could not read Arabic contents or any document that contains 2 languages in one. I have reported this to Apple several times by sending them a written email and by contacting the accessibility support line. I think we shall put more efforts and ask Apple to improve the Arabic speech and the pronunciation dictionary before iOS 8 is out for public this fall.
I highly suggest the AppleVis comunity to help us investigate this issue with Apple.



Submitted by charles on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Based on your subject line, I was expecting to read about the changes and bug fixes inthe new firmware. I'm extremely disappointed to find out that you only pointed out that there aren't any. Although I do see the points you brought up in your article, I got nothing like what the subject line indicated.

Submitted by splyt on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

francly expecting for changes in an older system when the new one is about to be publicly available is not even near the reazonable. Generally the IT industry will not work this way, specially when it comes to accessibility topics that are, absolutely sutre, not a priority.
These updates usually adress security / stability issues that can not be kept around .. any other stuff will be brought in the new version.

Submitted by Deb on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I've been going along with IOS 7.0, not wanting to run into all of the bugs mentioned for 7.1. Does this mean there are no VoiceOver bug fixes at all, or no bug fixes to Arabic?

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Deb,

Unfortunately (but not too surprisingly), there are no VoiceOver bug fixes in iOS 7.1.2. iOS 7.1.2 was a small update to address a few specific and critical issues; see this link for a list of what exactly was fixed.