Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers & Keynote apps to resolve accessibility bugs


Apple has updated all three iWork iOS apps to resolve bugs that prevented Accessibility features working properly. Apple says that Pages, Numbers and Keynote all had “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver,” while Pages also blurred text when turning on Speak Screen on some iOS devices. The updates are to version 2.5.4.

Updates are of course free for existing users, each app costing $9.99 to purchase. Pages, Numbers and Keynote can all be downloaded from iTunes.

Apple places a great deal of emphasis on making its devices usable by as many people as possible, recently highlighting accessibility apps for Global Accessibility Awareness Day – and CEO Tim Cook famously telling investors to “get out of this stock” if they weren’t willing to see money invested in things like accessibility and environmental initiatives.

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  1. msmithj567 - 8 years ago

    Reblogged this on Mohit – The caretaker.

  2. PhilBoogie - 8 years ago

    Delta updates would be nice for these larger apps, especially when it concerns ‘picayune’ issues like this one.

  3. 89p13 - 8 years ago

    Unrelated to this post:

    Ben – You changed your picture! How long ago was the old picture taken (which is my “PC” way of saying, you aged quickly and gracefully). :)

    • Ben Lovejoy - 8 years ago

      Heh, I try to stay on the other side of the camera, so photos of me are rare :-)

      • Picayune, indeed!. Disgusted by the first comment. As a Voiceover user, these updates are fundamental and essential, and generally long overdue. How would you feel if you couldn’t accomplish basic functions like navigation and editing?, irritated I imagine. Its perspectives like yours that don’t help anyone. Absolute ignorance.


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