Apple has today released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 to the public.
For blind and low vision users, our preliminary testing suggests that Apple has resolved the most critical issues present in the initial releases of iOS and iPadOS 14. However, there are also a couple new bugs in today's releases.
Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1
- VoiceOver focus is no longer unstable in Safari webpages, HTML views, and some apps.
- VoiceOver speech no longer has a lag that made VoiceOver feel less responsive when using some voices.
- VoiceOver voices will no longer on occasions announce punctuation such as apostrophes and quotation marks when they should not be spoken.
- You can now consistently locate by swiping the Done button when editing the App Library on iOS.
- You can now consistently locate by swiping the Done and Add Widget buttons when editing the Today View.
New Bugs for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1
- When using the VoiceOver rotor to drag a widget on the Today View, focus can spontaneously move to the Home screen and it is then not possible to navigate back to the Today View
- With VoiceOver enabled, swiping from left to right with three fingers in a folder takes you to the Today screen
Because iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 were not available to test before today's release, we were not able to check for fixes, changes or regressions ahead of time. Consequently, it is very likely that there are additional fixes and possibly more new bugs.
Accordingly, If you encounter any additional fixes or bugs during your own use of iOS 14.1 or iPadOS 14.1, please let us know by posting a comment below.
iOS 14.1 Release Notes
Apple's release notes for iOS 14.1, shared by 9to5Mac, list the following improvements:
- Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPhone 8 and later
- Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
- Addresses an issue where dragging widgets on the Home Screen could remove apps from folders
- Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
- Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information
- Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box
- Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist
- Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in Calculator
- Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
- Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member’s Apple Watch for some users
- Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app
- Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable
- Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points
iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 are available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings > General > Software Update) via Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, or via iTunes on a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier.
Before updating, we strongly recommend making a full and complete backup of your device (either locally or in iCloud, depending on personal preference). This will ensure that, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the update process, you will have a current backup on hand in case a device restore becomes necessary. Also, if using OTA update, we recommend plugging your device into a power source for the duration of the download/installation process, so as to prevent the unlikely event of your battery going dead during the update.