A Siri bug discovered in iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 is causing problems for users who rely on the virtual assistant to create and read back calendar events. This bug is especially problematic for individuals with visual impairments who may use Siri to set important appointments, as Siri cannot create or read back events set on the 31st of any month within 31 days.
How a Siri Bug in Apple’s latest software updates affects accessibility
The bug was initially discovered by a caller named Gail who phoned into a radio show called Tech Talk in Victoria, BC. Gail, who is blind, reported that when she uses Siri to set an event for the 31st day of any month, Siri automatically changes the date to the 30th and the issue cannot be corrected by voice.
The show’s host, Alan Perry, attempted various workarounds with no success, including using the day of the week to create an event on the 31st. Perry then contacted Apple Support to report the problem. The Apple representative confirmed the issue and escalated it to a group chat with several colleagues.
The Siri bug is frustrating and has serious implications for individuals who rely on Siri to set important appointments, such as medical appointments. Even when asked to read back events that are entered on the 31st, Siri will instead recite events that are listed on the 30th.
In conclusion, the Siri bug in iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 is causing problems for users who rely on Siri to set and read back calendar events. Apple has confirmed the issue and appears to have resolved it in the latest beta of iOS 16.5. This bug highlights the importance of accessibility testing in software development and the need for developers to consider the needs of all users, including those with disabilities.