iOS 17.5.1: Apple fixes frustrating iPhone photo bug

Did you update your iPhone to iOS 17.5 on Monday, May 13? Well, it’s time to do it again, as iOS 17.5.1 is already out. It’s a smaller update and has only one function: to fix an issue with the Photos key app.

Updated May 22, first published May 20, 2024.

Many users will be relieved that Apple released this update in record time, especially if they were to delete photos and sell their device, as happened to some users who found their photos reappearing in what was now Someone else’s iPad. The problem has affected more devices than just the iPhone, with updates also released for the iPad and Apple TV.

As Victoria Song commented on The Verge, “A reasonable person would expect a deleted file to stay that way. That’s why it’s understandable that people were outraged last week when photos deleted years ago suddenly reappeared in their iPhone photo library.”

The issue with this release is that Apple has yet to make any public comment about the issue, other than describing it as “rare” in the release notes for the update.

In that comment, Apple describes it as database corruption, and it appears that all zombie images brought back to life will have been those that were on the device, not in the cloud.

As Song says, “If anything, Apple should comment simply because it markets itself as a company that cares about your privacy.”

Which iPhones can run iOS 17.5.1?

If you have a 2018 iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, or iPhone XR, or any newer iPhone, then yours is compatible. That means iPhone 11 series, iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series and iPhone 15 series. This also includes the second and third generation iPhone SE models.

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How to get it

You know the routine by now, but just in case: open the Settings app, click General, then Software Update. Here you can choose to download the new software now, this usually means it’s faster on your iPhone. Select Download and Install and you’ll be golden in no time.

What’s in the release?

This release focuses on the bug that appeared in iOS 17.5, which Apple describes in the release notes as “a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the photos library even if they were deleted.”

This has been a controversial issue, even if it has been rare. This means that images that were deleted, years ago in some cases, reappeared when iOS 17.5 was installed, much to the surprise and dismay of users. Apple still hasn’t revealed how it happened, though it’s likely something as simple as the way images are hidden on an iPhone or iPad. When you click delete, the data that makes up the image is not overwritten, it is simply detached.

Those data files would only have been overwritten when that part of the storage was needed, so they could have remained hidden until then. Something in iOS 17.5 brought them back to life.

This update, which also “provides important bug fixes,” as Apple says, aims to ensure that zombie photos are now a thing of the past.

This has been especially important for anyone who has given away their iPhone or sold it and wouldn’t want old photos to magically return.

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Image Source : www.forbes.com

Did you update your iPhone to iOS 17.5 on Monday, May 13? Well, it’s time to do it again, as iOS 17.5.1 is already out. It’s a smaller update and has only one function: to fix an issue with the Photos key app.

Updated May 22, first published May 20, 2024.

Many users will be relieved that Apple released this update in record time, especially if they were to delete photos and sell their device, as happened to some users who found their photos reappearing in what was now Someone else’s iPad. The problem has affected more devices than just the iPhone, with updates also released for the iPad and Apple TV.

As Victoria Song commented on The Verge, “A reasonable person would expect a deleted file to stay that way. That’s why it’s understandable that people were outraged last week when photos deleted years ago suddenly reappeared in their iPhone photo library.”

The issue with this release is that Apple has yet to make any public comment about the issue, other than describing it as “rare” in the release notes for the update.

In that comment, Apple describes it as database corruption, and it appears that all zombie images brought back to life will have been those that were on the device, not in the cloud.

As Song says, “If anything, Apple should comment simply because it markets itself as a company that cares about your privacy.”

Which iPhones can run iOS 17.5.1?

If you have a 2018 iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, or iPhone XR, or any newer iPhone, then yours is compatible. That means iPhone 11 series, iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series and iPhone 15 series. This also includes the second and third generation iPhone SE models.

ForbesiOS 17 5: iPhone update has bugs that cause deleted photos to reappear, report says

How to get it

You know the routine by now, but just in case: open the Settings app, click General, then Software Update. Here you can choose to download the new software now, this usually means it’s faster on your iPhone. Select Download and Install and you’ll be golden in no time.

What’s in the release?

This release focuses on the bug that appeared in iOS 17.5, which Apple describes in the release notes as “a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the photos library even if they were deleted.”

This has been a controversial issue, even if it has been rare. This means that images that were deleted, years ago in some cases, reappeared when iOS 17.5 was installed, much to the surprise and dismay of users. Apple still hasn’t revealed how it happened, though it’s likely something as simple as the way images are hidden on an iPhone or iPad. When you click delete, the data that makes up the image is not overwritten, it is simply detached.

Those data files would only have been overwritten when that part of the storage was needed, so they could have remained hidden until then. Something in iOS 17.5 brought them back to life.

This update, which also “provides important bug fixes,” as Apple says, aims to ensure that zombie photos are now a thing of the past.

This has been especially important for anyone who has given away their iPhone or sold it and wouldn’t want old photos to magically return.

ForbesThe new iPhone 16 Pro Max design is promised to improve, insiders claim

#iOS #17.5.1 #Apple #fixes #frustrating #iPhone #photo #bug
Image Source : www.forbes.com

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