Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 17.2

WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. version 17.2 betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. is available for testing on TestFlight. You can sign up for our TestFlight program and join as a beta tester by opening that link on your iPhone or iPad.

What’s New?

BLOCKBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. EDITOR
  • New Block: Jetpack contact info [#3340]
  • Image block: Improve text entry for long alt text. [#29670]
  • Bug fix: Allow stepper cell to be selected by screenreader [#3362]
  • Remove Site Switcher from the Editor clean-up [#16188]
  • Fixed an issue where some author display names weren’t visible for self-hosted sites. [#16297]

New App Icons!! 😍

Simulator Screen Shot - iPhone 12 Pro - 2021-04-08 at 19 07 48

Release notes source: WordPress-iOS/RELEASE-NOTES.txt
Updates that went into this release: WordPress-iOS 17.2gutenberg-mobile 1.51

What Testing is Most Needed:

  1. If you have VoiceOver experience, or you want to learn (bonus points!!), please try customizing a Column block with VoiceOver. Better yet, do it with your eyes closed or use Screen Curtain. (With three fingers, quickly triple-tap the screen.)
    1. Create a Columns Block.
    2. Double-tap the ‘settings’ gear icon to open it.
    3. Touch “Number of Columns”. The option should gain and retain focus by the screenreader.
  2. Image Block alt text: Please add image blocks and use the Alt Text feature. Please try adding lots of text! As this is a UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. change, dark mode, landscape orientation and RTL languages are also considerations.
  3. Navigate through the app, using it how you naturally would. Create a new site and add pages, make a story post, go for a walk and show us what you saw!

Test Setup

  • Sign up for our TestFlight program by opening that link on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Go to Account > App Settings > Privacy Settings and turn on the Collect information option.
  • Go to Account > Help & Support and turn on the Extra Debug option.
  • Go to My Site > Settings > Use Block Editor to enable the block editor for new posts.
  • If you are comfortable testing in a language other than English, please test in that language.

Where to Report

Please report bugs in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. at WordPress-iOS or gutenberg-mobile (for block editor issues) if you are comfortable doing so or add a comment to this post if you have any questions, feedback, or issues you’re not sure how to report.

Instructions for Reporting Issues

  • Search the GitHub repository first to see if the bug is a known issue. If you verify a known issue, please leave a comment noting the app and device info you tested with!
  • For new issues, please follow the template GitHub repository that shows up when creating a new issue.
  • Please be aware that a bot will ask for labels but you may not have rights to add them. Know that labels will be added by someone on the triage team.
  • Please do not include full Activity Logs which include tokens. Activity Logs can be very helpful for debugging but you should only include them if you have removed tokens as those should not be shared publicly. You can find the logs at Account > Help & Support > Application log.

Thanks for testing!