VoiceOver fails to announce "read" when marking emails as read with rotor in native Mail app

VoiceOver Announcements/Feedback


When using the VoiceOver rotor to mark an email as read in the iOS Mail app, VoiceOver fails to provide clear confirmation feedback. Instead of announcing "read" to confirm the action, VoiceOver speaks an unclear and incomprehensible phrase. This results in a confusing experience for VoiceOver users who rely on the screen reader to understand the results of their actions.

We have not tested this behaviour against all VoiceOver voices, but it has been consistent across the voices that we have tested.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Enable VoiceOver.
  2. Open the native Mail app.
  3. Navigate to a folder containing 1 or more unread messages.
  4. Place VoiceOver focus on to an unread message.
  5. Use the VoiceOver rotor to mark the email as read.

Expected Result:

VoiceOver should announce "read" when the email is marked as read using the rotor.

Actual Result:

VoiceOver announces an unclear, incomprehensible phrase instead of "read" when marking an email as read with the rotor.

Impact: This results in a confusing, inconsistent experience for VoiceOver users who rely on the screen reader to provide clear feedback on actions taken in the Mail app. The expected confirmation feedback of "read" is not announced.

Bug First Encountered

iOS/iPadOS 17.0

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