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Posted on Friday, September 24, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 12.5.5 for older devices not compatible with iOS 15, as well as 2021-006 Security Update for macOS Catalina, bringing fixes for several security vulnerabilities, including one that was reportedly used to infect devices with NSO Pegasus spyware.

As these updates appear to have been released to address a small number of specific issues,…

0 comments : last update or comment 7 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released software version 15 for both HomePod and HomePod mini.

In addition to some unspecified bug fixes and stability improvements, according to the release notes via 9to5Mac, this update brings some notable new features and enhancements:

  • Select a single or pair of HomePod mini as the default speakers for your Apple TV 4k for rich room-filling…
0 comments : last update or comment 8 months ago
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 8, mostly bringing iterative enhancements to existing features Rather than big changes.

According to Apple, “watchOS 8 helps you stay connected, active, and healthy like never before. Share your favorite memories with the enhanced Photos app. Put more fun into your texts. Find new ways to center yourself and be present. And that’s just the start.”

Here are the highlights according to Apple…

5 comments : last update or comment 8 months ago
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released tvOS 15, bringing what at best can be described as small, incremental changes for the Apple TV.

Apple shared little about tvOS 15 when it was first announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June and nothing in its recent California Streaming

1 comments : last update or comment 8 months ago
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

iOS 15 brings a redesign of Notifications and a new Notifications Summary, a new Live Text feature that recognizes text in photos and across the operating system, a highly-customizable Focus Mode that helps reduce distractions by filtering notifications based on what you are currently doing, spacial audio and other improvements in FaceTime, privacy enhancements, and more.

iPadOS 15 brings enhancements intended to make…

32 comments : last update or comment 7 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2021 by Scott Davert

Introduction

Another Autumn means another release of iOS. Just like releases of iOS dating back to 2009, this release brings a lot of new features and functions for blind and DeafBlind users. Major changes in iOS 15 include a new Focus Mode, several enhancements with FaceTime, the ability to use Siri for certain tasks while offline, and much more. Many blogs will be highlighting these enhancements to iOS, so I will not discuss them in great detail here. This article covers…

11 comments : last update or comment 8 months ago
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 by AppleVis

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have been released to the public. This post contains details of the VoiceOver, low vision, and braille bugs which we believe have been introduced in these releases; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which we believe to be 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…

176 comments : last update or comment 2 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by mehgcap

Intro

Today, as you likely know if you're reading this, was Apple's big September event, entitled California Streaming. For years now, Apple has used this time to announce the latest iPhones, often adding other launches to the agenda. This year was no exception. We have iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and new iPads, plus some new stuff for Apple Fitness Plus subscribers.

You can watch today's event…

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021 by AppleVis

Ahead of tomorrow's “California streaming” event, Apple has released iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, macOS 11.6, and watchOS 7.6.2. The main changes in these releases are two security updates. Apple has also released a security update for macOS Catalina, however, this has just the one security fix.

According to

Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of 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

Accessible…

0 comments : last update or comment 8 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.5.2, which appears to be a minor update.

At the time of posting, there isn’t much known about the update itself, with Apple simply saying that it includes “bug fixes for your Mac.” We will update this post if anything noteworthy is discovered.

With this being a minor update coming so soon after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.5.1,

0 comments : last update or comment 9 months 1 week ago
Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the July 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of 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

Adventure to…

0 comments : last update or comment 9 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 7.6.1, bringing a fix for a security issue that, according to Apple's security support document may have been actively exploited.

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved…

0 comments : last update or comment 9 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, bringing a fix for a bug introduced in last week's iOS 14.7 update that prevented the Apple Watch from being automatically unlocked when connected to Touch ID iPhones.

As the release notes only mention this one specific fix, our expectation is that they do not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low vision users; however, if you notice any changes, improvements or regressions in your own use of these releases, please…

0 comments : last update or comment 9 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 with an important security update.

The specific security issue fixed in this update is for an IOMobileFrameBuffer flaw that could have been actively exploited to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

As macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 appears to have been released to address a specific issue, our expectation is that it does not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low…

0 comments : last update or comment 9 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iPadOS 14.7. This appears to be a relatively minor update for a single dot release, focusing on a small number of changes and fixes.

According to the release notes from Apple, this update fixes a bug which could cause braille displays to show invalid information while composing Mail messages.

At the time of posting, we are unaware of any additional fixes, enhancements or regressions for blind and low vision users.

As we always stress, we can…

3 comments : last update or comment 10 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.5. This appears to be a relatively minor update for a single dot release, bringing only one change and a couple of fixes according to the release notes.

Our testing suggests that the following issue has been addressed in macOS Big Sur 11.5:

As…

1 comments : last update or comment 9 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 7.6 and tvOS 14.7. These appear to be relatively minor updates for single dot releases, focusing primarily on security fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

At the time of posting, we are unaware of any fixes, enhancements or regressions for blind and low vision users in these releases.

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…

4 comments : last update or comment 9 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2021 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 14.7. This appears to be a relatively minor update for a single dot release, primarily focusing on security fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

According to the release notes from Apple, this update fixes a bug which could cause braille displays to show invalid information while composing Mail messages.

At the time of posting, we are unaware of any additional fixes, enhancements or regressions for blind and low vision users.

14 comments : last update or comment 9 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2021 by AppleVis

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of 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

Element…

0 comments : last update or comment 10 months 3 weeks ago

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