Braille Display and iOS 14.4 bug

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If you or your student uses a braille display with an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS 14.4! 

Currently, there is a bug with iOS 14.4 that is causing users to have trouble pairing braille displays. In addition, other users have significant lagging and/or only part of the letters/words being entered are showing up.

If you have already upgraded to iOS 14.4 and want to downgrade to iOS 14.3, here is a post that provides information on downgrading. My understanding is that if the directions listed here do not work, you can contact Apple directly and request information on how to downgrade your device.

Apple is aware of the issue.

Note: These issues appear to impact ALL braille devices. The braille devices can still be connected to laptops/computers and work fine. The issue is only for devices running iOS 14.4 software and braille devices.


Posted by Diane BraunerMar 17, 2021

For me, the 14.4.1 update appears to have solved the connection/pairing issue with my braille display. When typing, the visual text on the iPad lags significantly, but the VoiceOver announcements and the braille on the braille display appear to be working correctly. Did the 14.4.1 update resolve your braille display issues?

Posted by Diane BraunerMar 24, 2021

People are reporting ongoing issues with the focus jumping around the document when editing. Please share your experience and the device you are using!

Posted by Taylor_ThompsonMay 10, 2021

Do you know if anyone has reported this issue being fixed after updating to iOS 14.5.1? Thanks!

Posted by Diane BraunerMay 10, 2021

I believe that the issue has been resolved. After the first update, most people found that the pairing issue was resolved and only a few reported some jumping around within a document. I haven't heard of on-going issues now, but I can only check with my iPad and braille display (not all the different devices). I have not heard yet (either way) for 14.5.1