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iOS 15.3 is here for your iPhone bugs

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iOS 15.3 is here for your iPhone bugs
iOS 15.7.1 takes care of a long list of security bugs.
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Apple made iOS 15.3 available to all compatible iPhone models Monday. The update squashes at least one bug that recently made headlines. But there are no new features.

Apple also introduced iPadOS 15.3 to erase many of the same bugs. And macOS Monterey 12.2 and watchOS 8.4 debuted, too. tvOS 15.3 arrived Monday as well.

Apple crushes bunch of iPhone bugs with iOS 15.0.2

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iOS 15 has been replaced by iOS 15.0.1.
iOS 15.0.2 is out to get rid of some iPhone problems.
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iPhone users should install the latest system software update because it fixes a collection of bugs. Monday’s release of iOS 15.0.2 takes care of images that couldn’t be deleted, problems with AirTag and iPhone Leather Wallet, and more. More significantly, it  (and a related iPadOS update) deals with a device restore/update issue with iPhone 13 and the new iPad mini.

Tablet users can install iPadOS 15.0.2, which also came out Monday.

Why you need to install iOS 12.4 right now

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It’s high time you installed iOS 12.4 on your iPhone or iPad.
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Details of five security bugs fixed by last-week’s iOS 12.4 update have been published. This means hackers now have what they need to use them on any device that hasn’t been updated.

Now would be a good time for anyone who’d been procrastinating to install this update on their iPhone or iPad.

FaceTime bug lets others see and hear you before call starts [UPDATED]

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Group FaceTime is super easy to use.
Someone’s iPhone can be added to a Group FaceTime call before they’re ready.
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Apple has confirmed that it’s possible for a FaceTime caller to listen to the person on the other end of the call — and even see them — before they pick up. Making use of this newly-discovered bug requires actions someone isn’t likely to do accidentally, which is probably why It wasn’t noticed during testing.

UPDATE: Apple said this evening it will quickly fix this serious privacy flaw. In the mean time, it has also disabled its servers needed for Group FaceTime to function.

iOS 12.0.1 fixes serious Wi-Fi and charging bugs

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iOS 12.0.1 is here to squash a couple of bugs in Apple's latest.
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Anyone with iOS 12 — and we know that’s most of you — should download a small update that fixes bugs that have affected some users. A Wi-Fi slowdown problem was only bothering iPhone XS users, but a charging issue plagued a much wider swath of people.

iOS 12.0.1 deals with both, and makes a couple of other small tweaks too.

iOS 12 causes charging problems for some iPhone, iPad models

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An iPhone charging problem sometimes crops up with the XS Max, but also other devices running iOS 12.
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Reports are coming in that some devices running iOS 12 won’t begin charging if they’re in sleep mode when a Lightning cable is plugged in.

The issue was first noted with the iPhone XS Max, but it is apparently happening with a wide variety of Apple’s models.

Apple fixes iPhone audio issues with iOS update

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Hold off on iOS 10 for now.
iOS 10.0.2 is here to fix your audio issues.
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iPhone 7 users can finally enjoy uninterrupted audio through the Lightning port, now that Apple has released an iOS 10 update full of bug fixes.

iOS 10.0.2 was made available to all iPhone and iPad owners today, fixing issues with audio, photos and app extensions.

iOS 9.3.1 brings fix for iPhone-crashing web links

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Get your iOS device up to date fast and easy.
Get your iOS device up to date fast and easy.
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iPhone users suffering from crashing woes on iOS 9.3 are finally getting some relief. Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 to the public, bringing new bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The update comes more than a week after the release of iOS 9.3, which turned hyperlinks into crash bombs for some users.

iOS 9.3 bug turns links into iPhone crash bombs

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Safari is constantly crashing for some iOS 9.3 users.
Safari is constantly crashing for some iOS 9.3 users.
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Update: Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 to fix the iPhone web links problem.

If you have an iPhone running iOS 9.3, whatever you do, do not install the Booking.com app.

iPhone users are reporting that an iOS 9.3 bug, possibly related to the Booking.com app, causes some apps to freeze and crash when tapping on links — and it’s not entirely clear what’s causing it.

Not groovy: iPhone users receive undeletable emails from 1970

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Received any emails from the '70s lately?
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A strange iOS glitch has some iPhone and iPad users complaining after they received undeletable emails dated January 1, 1970.

The emails in question are blank, with no subject or content — which means that sadly we’re not in line for scalper messages about tickets to the farewell concert of Diana Ross and The Supremes (which took place that month), or reminders about meetings we’re very, very late to.