Wondering if anyone else has had similar issues.
On my iPhone 12 Mini, sometimes when dealing with a webpage, Apple News story, Facebook post, etc. with a lot of elements, VoiceOver will crash and render the phone inoperable. I have discovered that sometimes VO actually turns off. I know this because I have VO set to touch-type, while during these freezes the phone will do the equivalent of direct touch-typing (i.e., not waiting for you to lift your finger), but otherwise VO doesn't work. VO reactivates pretty much when it feels like it, and always with the default Samantha voice. If I want to change it back to Eloquence-Reed, I have to go back into Settings.
The voice thing is annoying, but in no previous version of iOS has VoiceOver just completely turned off like this, for long periods of time. Of course there have always been momentary freezes, but VO would still respond to gestures even if it took a few seconds. I just cannot believe Apple has allowed this amount of regression. I have been very patient with them, but I'm finally starting to get actually angry. This is giving me serious JAWS 12 vibes.
I'm not sure what the solution is. Do the newer iPhones also have this issue? I turned off sounds but left on haptics not long before updating from 17.0 to 17.1, and I was happy with the results. But could this be causing some weird behavior?
In any event, AppleVis doesn't list this in its bugs, and I think this is the most serious one of all.