Okay, this behavior is so bizarre that I’m unsure how to describe it other than “confusing”. Here goes, and try to stay with me.
I open Safari, which already has a tab or two open, and I want to open a new tab. I press Command+N on my Bluetooth keyboard. VoiceOver tells me my focus is on the label that reads Favorites.
Naturally, I now want to jump to the address text field. But the location of the address text field isn’t clear. If I turn on quick nav and jump to the end with Xontrol+Down arrow, I find the address field not far from the bottom, definitely after the favorites. But if I instead press Command+L, somehow the address text field is now the very first control, all the way up at the top. It’s very confusing, but that’s not the end of this post.
While in edit mode, I enter the address applevis.com and press enter. This does, in fact, load the AppleVis website. But VoiceOver gives me no feedback that this has happened. VoiceOver doesn’t announce the first page element, which is where I expect focus to be. VoiceOver says nothing. If I try to navigate with VO+left or right, VoiceOver tells me “text field, is editing”, and won’t let me move out of this control. I thought this might be related to the new group navigation mode, but VO+Shift+up arrow doesn’t get me out of this single-element focus trap that I’ve somehow landed in. I’ve found only one workaround, and that is to again turn on quick nav, then press control+Up arrow, which takes me to the top of the AppleVis website. Once I’m there, I can navigate the website normally.
I guess I should mention that this all used to work in an intuitive and non-confusing manner, and only since iOS 15 have I started to encounter these issues. I’m about ready to file a bug report with Apple, I’m just not sure exactly how to phrase it. And I wanted to see if anyone else has encountered similar problems.