Apple updates iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS with single bug fix


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The update across Apple device OS software fixes a problem with overlapping text.
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Apple made an unexpected software update available Thursday with a bug fix across devices, releasing macOS Sonoma 14.3.1, iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1 and watchOS 10.3.1 for users to install.

The fix relates to text that automatically duplicates or overlaps in various apps, like Safari, Mail and Messages.

Time to update: Apple fixes bug in macOS 14.3.1, iOS 17.3.1, iPad OS 17.3.1 and watchOS 10.3.1

Users have experienced problems with text duplicating or overlapping in various places for some time, according to various sources — and on Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, apparently.

On each device, the incremental update says the same thing about what it’s fixing: “Text may unexpectedly duplicate or overlap while typing.”

The small fix comes a few weeks after recent releases like iOS 17.3 and macOS 14.3, significant updates following recent major software releases for devices.

How to update your OS:

Make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi. On your device, go to Settings > General > Software Updates > and click Update Now or Update Tonight. You can update Apple Watch from your iPhone using the Watch app.


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