Apple sheds more light on iOS 17.5 bug that resurfaced in deleted photos

Apple sheds more light on iOS 17.5 bug that resurfaced in deleted photos

Last week, some iPhone users reported that Apple’s iOS 17.5 update had introduced a bug that caused old photos that were deleted to reappear in the Photos app. Apple quickly released an iOS 17.5.1 update to fix the issue, but for many users, its “database corruption” explanation in the release notes was too brief and did little to allay privacy concerns. of your data.

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Apple has now offered more details about the issue and its cause. speaking to 9to5MacApple reportedly said the issue had nothing to do with iCloud Photos and that the company never had access to the deleted photos. Rather, a corrupt database entry on the affected devices was the cause of the deleted photos reappearing. In other words, the deleted images that were restored resided locally and never left those devices.

Apple said that in some rare cases, iOS 17.5 had inadvertently restored files from corrupt data and repopulated the Photos app with deleted images. Apple stated that the issue affected a small number of users and a small number of photos.

To explain reports that some restored photos were very old, Apple said that in some cases corrupt data may have been copied from one device to another when restoring a local backup, performing a device-to-device transfer, or restoring a backup. security of an iCloud device. (i.e. not including iCloud Photos).

A claim posted on Reddit, which was later deleted, alleged that the user’s photos reappeared on an iPad that had been deleted and sold to a friend. Apple said this could not have been the case if the user had erased the device before sale using the Erase all content and settings option found in Settings ➝ General ➝ Transfer or Reset. Either the user had not completed this necessary step or the claim was false.

Notably, Apple’s iOS 17.5.1 update to rectify the issue does not remove any previously deleted photos that reappeared after updating to iOS 17.5. Therefore, affected users will need to manually delete these images again and they will be moved to the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app, where they will remain for 30 days. Recently deleted photos in this folder can also be deleted immediately by selecting Delete from all devices.