Apple has today released iOS 9.3.2 to the public, bringing with it bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.
At the time of writing, it appears that blind and low vision users will find little change to the known accessibility bugs present in iOS 9.3.1.
The only change that we are presently aware of is some improvement in the bug which may see VoiceOver switch to another text-to-speech language when announcing some characters. This appears to have been mostly addressed for punctuation, but may still be encountered when using the emoji keyboard.
It is disappointing to see some long-standing accessibility-related bugs survive another iOS update. However, it is also worth noting that we did not encounter any new bugs in this release.
As we always stress in these posts, it is impossible for us to test all devices, apps, and use cases. So, it is possible that we have overlooked some changes, regressions or improvements. With this in mind, we would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible. If you spot any accessibility-related changes in iOS 9.3.2, please do let us know in the comments.
In terms of general fixes in iOS 9.3.2, MacRumors reports that this release fixes a long-standing bug in Game Center that renders many games unplayable:
The bug, which first appeared in iOS 8, affects many popular games of the sort and involves the Game Center app launching as a white screen, crashing games to a white screen, and/or the Settings app freezing when Game Center's options are selected.
According to Apple’s release notes via AppleInsider, this update fixes an issue where the newly launched iPhone SE could experience quality issues when fielding a call over a Bluetooth headset.
Apple also said iOS 9.3.2 fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail, and it squashes a bug that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages. The udpate also fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or paces.
Finally, Apple also said that iOS 9.3.2 fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps.
As stated earlier in this post, the VoiceOver bug mentioned by Apple does not appear to be completely resolved in our initial testing. If you find otherwise, do please let us know in the comments.
iOS 9.3.2 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings> General> Software Update) or from iTunes on the Mac or PC. As always, we encourage you to make a backup before installing this update.