System alerts displayed in the Dynamic Island can only be located by touch, not by flicking

VoiceOver Announcements/Feedback


The Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is home to a number of system-wide alerts. Some of these appear only briefly, like location tracking starting, toggling the mute switch, and connection of AirPods. Others, however, remain present to indicate the active status of something. Examples of the latter include Do Not Disturb, AirPlane Mode, and the camera or microphone being in use.

In all cases, these indicators can only be located by touch, not by flicking.

This is different to the behaviour of Live Activities - such as the timer and music playing - which can be located both by touch and by flicking. In the case of flicking ,they appear alongside the contents of the Status Bar.

Some of the indicators for system-wide alerts have quite a small touch target, so it is likely that many people will never realise that they exist, with only people who know or expect them to be present who will go looking for them by touch.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Ensure that VoiceOver is enabled.
  2. Navigate to the Home Screen.
  3. Toggle on either a Focus mode or Airplane mode.

A visual indicator of the active status of the chosen setting should now be present in the Dynamic Island.

Considering the behaviour of Live Activities, it would be reasonable to expect that VoiceOver users should be able to locate the indicator by placing VoiceOver focus on the Status Bar and flicking to move focus to the indicator. This is not the case, as the indicator can only be located by touch.

Bug First Encountered

iOS 16.0

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