I’m just copy/pasting the contents of an email I sent to the Apple accessibility team a moment ago. If you are also experiencing these problems, I encourage you to do the same. Thanks.
I’m experiencing the following new VoiceOver issues on my iPhone SE2 running iOS 14.3. Please let me know if you need further clarification on these. Thanks.
News app markedly more difficult to navigate
Feed categories like “top stories,” “for you,” “politics,” etc. used to be tagged as headings, making them traversable with the rotar but now most of these are not tagged as headings, making them impossible to traverse with the roatr.
Ads in the feed used to appear as a single element, making them relatively easy to flick past. Now they are broken out into numerous elements, requiring many flicks to scroll past.
There used to be a VoiceOver rotar menu available in the main feed page providing rotar access to common actions on articles like suggest more, suggest less and share. These context menus are no longer present, requiring the user to open the article to access these actions.
Scrolling and navigating throughout all areas of the News app seems more sluggish and less responsive overall as of the update.
Focus continuously returns to the first message in a thread when viewing a thread of messages and using the “messages” rotar option to flick up and down through the thread. For example, you might flick down through 3 or 4 messages and suddenly find that focus has reset to the first message, making it difficult or impossible to navigate through the entire list of messages in the thread.