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iOS 17.5 Update Introduces New Bug Resurfacing Deleted Photos – Users Express Concerns

by Aiman MaulanaMay 19, 2024
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Apple’s latest iOS 17.5 update, aimed at fixing several security vulnerabilities, has inadvertently introduced a new bug, causing old, supposedly deleted photos to reappear in users’ photo libraries. This issue has been widely reported by MacRumors and various users on Reddit.

iOS 17.5 Update Introduces New Bug Resurfacing Deleted Photos

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The bug has affected many users, with complaints surfacing across multiple Apple-based subreddits. One notable incident involved a user who sold a wiped iPad to a friend. After updating to iOS 17.5, old photos from the original owner began appearing in the Photos app. “I see other reports of this. How many people will get other people’s photos on the devices they bought from other people?” the user questioned. Despite following Apple’s guide for wiping devices and not logging back in, the problem persisted.

Other users have shared similar experiences. One Redditor mentioned finding 15 duplicates and random, irrelevant photos that had been deleted long ago. Another user reported, “A photo which was absolutely not meant to ever reach the surface ever again (deleted 2 years ago) pops up as a new photo on my camera roll.”

iOS 17.5 Update Introduces New Bug Resurfacing Deleted Photos - Users Express Concerns

The incident highlights a crucial concern about digital privacy and data deletion. As some “helpful” Redditors pointed out, digital files are never fully deleted unless actively overwritten. The exact cause of this bug remains unclear. MacRumors speculates it might be related to fixing a photo syncing bug from the 17.3 update, involving iCloud and device synchronization issues. Notably, the iOS 17.5 update’s release notes do not mention any fixes related to the Photos app or camera, although Sync Services and Screenshot tools received updates.

Apple has yet to respond to these reports or provide an official solution. Whether this bug will require a hotfix or become a more significant issue remains to be seen. Users are advised to stay tuned for updates from Apple regarding this troubling bug.

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Pokdepinion: I didn’t know an update popped up until a friend mentioned about it. Guess I’ll be skipping this one for a bit.

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Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)