APPLE said it will “get to the bottom of” an unusual bug hitting iPhones around the world.
The flaw leads to repeated prompts from devices to allow copying and pasting from the same apps.
It is believed to be caused by a bug in iOS 16, the latest version of the iPhone operating system.
One of the additions that the update made is that apps now have to ask for permission before using anything in the iPhone clipboard.
This is the tool used to copy and paste text and images between apps or between different apps on the phone.
An example of a message is: “Messages would like to paste from Safari. Do you want to allow this?”
Users can then choose to either ‘allow pasting’ or ‘don’t allow pasting’.
According to multiple posts on Reddit, some iOS 16 years receive frequent copy-and-paste prompts from the same apps.
It’s more than just an annoying bug that makes using some of the affected apps a bit boring.
In an email shared with MacRumors, Apple Senior Director Ron Huang acknowledged the issue.
He stated that the permission prompts fired when trying to copy and paste were “completely unexpected behaviour”.
Huang added that Apple “will go deeper.”
The Wall Street Journal reports The clipboard error will be fixed in the next software update next week.
What is iOS 16?
This is the primary operating system that powers the device, offering Apple appsfeatures and designs for your iPhone.
This year’s new version is called iOS 16 and it’s full of new iPhone Features Users Have Been Waiting For.
This includes a new lock screen with widgets, stylized portrait wallpapers, and notifications that roll from the bottom.
Messages also receives a major update that allows you to edit or recall recently sent messages, as well as restore recently deleted messages or mark conversations as unread.
How to get iOS 16
To try iOS 16 for yourself, you will need to update your iPhone software.
Head to Settings > General > Software Update.
You can then click Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and install.
On some iPhones, you will be directed to Download and install automatically.
You’ll be asked to enter your iPhone passcode (if it has one) and then agree to Apple’s terms and conditions.
The download and installation process will take up to an hour, so be sure to send any important messages before you get started.
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