I am so dad gum sick and tired of this! Can Apple not for once get things right? Let me be clear before I even start. I am extremely proficient with my iPhone/Voiceover. In fact, not to brag, but I actually for a short time worked directly with Apple Accessibility privately contracted on a few things which they directly were consulting with me about for pay. I can't go into specifics about that, but the point being, I know what I'm doing/what I'm talking about here.
So, on my 13 Pro Max, not sure if that matters but probably not, I have this thing where I'll double tap a text field to open up the keyboard. Then, I'll 2 finger double tap, or as some would call it, magic tap, (nothing really magic about this, but anyway, I digress...) I then hear the little ding sound to indicate I'm dictating text.
So, on I go. I'll speak a passage, either short or long, doesn't matter at all, and then 2 finger double tap to stop dictating. That usually works fine. But then, I 2 finger double tap again to resume dictation once ready to continue where I left off, and I've collected my thoughts on what I need to dictate specifically.
As soon as I do the 3rd double tap to start my second pass of dictation, the stupid thing starts dictating, but then when I go to quit, instead of it stopping dictation, it instead unpauses/resumes the last bit of media I was playing like Apple Music, or Youtube, Spotify, what the hell ever. So, then, if I 2 finger double tap again, yeah, the media pauses, but that's only because it's now dictating again a 3rd time. If I then double tap again with 2 fingers, media resumes, but dictating is still occuring in the background.
So, to fix this, I literally, since Apple was idiotic enough from what I can tell to not let the back scrub gesture close thekeyboard without doing anything else, thank you Android for getting that right, hint hint, ahim ahim, I practically have to swype up to go home, then 2 finger double tap while making sure nothing gets in the way of my dictation in the mingtime, then go back to the app switcher, find the God d*** app I was typing into, then 2 finger double tap, and hope! key word, hope! that it quits dictating without starting up my media again, which often times, it does. Making me have to go back and do all that crap again a second time.
I'm totally up to date on iOS, yes, I have definitely unloaded and reloaded Voiceover, I've checked all my accessibility settings, motion settings, not that I'm using any, etcetera etcetera.
Yes, I've powered off the phone and back on. Yes, I have tried both with and without bluetooth in the equasion, in case there's something funky going on there. Yes, I've called Apple, multiple times and they can't reproduce. It finally took me sending them an audio recording proving it before they finally acknowledged the issue on my end and sent it up as an F Y I. Oh, never mind that was almost 3 months ago, and I've never heard back from them even though they promised I would within 3 to 5 business days, and yes, I called several times asking the status but they said they had nothing further. I finally just gave up calling, as quite frankly, it's no use at this point.
Yes, I've done the volume up down hold power salute. Did absolutely no good.
I've restored to factory reset settings within iTunes over USB connectivity with my mac on Ventura, and even have tried manually flashing the IPFW of the official iOS 16.3.1 build from Apple's website whilst in DFU mode. I know that's really extreme, but I wanted to rule out literally everything.
I even looked at some of the back end logs which as a non-Apple engineer, was very limited but I still did what I could there through XCode, and found nothing alarming, but again, what I can see is really limited.
This is just totally unacceptable. And, this has been going on about since the end of iOS 15 going into 16.0, so this is not exactly a new thing. I've been putting up with it, but it's getting to the point now where this is becoming ridiculous!
Any ideas short of what I've done already? I doubt it, but just figured I'd ask anyway.