iOS 13 will be publicly released on September 19, 2019. Beta testers have been evaluating and reporting accessibility bugs and Apple developers are working through these bugs. Whenever software receives major updates, there is a potential for new accessibility bugs. AppleVis is reporting accessibility bugs for the upcoming September 19th release. Several of these bugs may significantly impact students with visual impairments who use iOS devices.
Note: iOS 13 public release on September 19th is for iPhones and iPod Touches; iOS 13 for iPads will not be available until September 30th.
iOS 13 is compatible with these devices
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR and X
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod Touch (7th generation)
iOS 13 Accessibility Bugs Which Impact Students
- Invert colors (light print on dark background) is not consistent or reliable
- Braille Display and Mail/Note: Braille input stops working after 5 or 6 sentences
- Braille Display text Shortcuts: Broken (work around is to change to eight-dot mode to input shortcut, then back to six-dot mode for text input)
- Loud Volume Sound Effects over VO: Particularly concerning when wearing headphones
- Navigating by Paragraph with Bluetooth keyboard: broken
- Mail App with VO: Several minor bugs including jumps around the inbox and does not consistently announce the number of unread emails
View the full, detailed list of accessibility bugs in the AppleVis post, The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 13 for Blind and Low Vision Users.
Learn about new features in iOS 13 on Apple's website.