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Apple acknowledges bizarre iPhone bug plaguing users – how to fix

APPLE has said that it will “get to the bottom of” an unusual bug that is plaguing iPhones around the globe.

The glitch leads to repeated prompts from devices to allow copying and pasting from the same apps.


The bug is affecting users of iOS 16Credit: Getty

It’s believed to be the result of a fault with iOS 16, the latest version of the iPhone operating system.

One of the additions brought about by the update is that apps must now ask permission before using anything in the iPhone clipboard.

That’s the tool used to copy and paste text and images between apps or between different apps on the phone.

An example message reads: “Messages would like to paste from Safari. Do you want to allow this?”

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Users can then choose to either “Allow paste” or “Don’t allow paste”.

According to multiple posts on Reddit, some iOS 16 years are receiving repeated copy and paste prompts from the same apps.

It’s little more than an annoying bug that makes using some affected apps a bit of a bore.

In an email shared with MacRumors, Apple Senior manager Ron Huang acknowledged the issue.

He stated that the permission prompts triggered when attempting to copy and paste are “absolutely not expected behavior.”

Huang added that Apple “will get to the bottom of it.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that the clipboard bug will be fixed in a software update coming next week.

What is iOS 16?

Every year, Apple rolls out a new version of its iOS software for iPhone.

This is the core operating system that powers the device, delivering Apple’s apps, features and designs to your iPhone.

This year’s new version is called iOS 16 and its packed with new iPhone features users have been waiting for.

This includes a new Lock Screen with widgets, stylized Portrait wallpapers, and notifications that roll up from the bottom.

Messages are also getting a major update that lets you edit or recall recently send messages, as well as recover recently deleted messages or mark conversations as unread.

Lockdown mode and Safety Check are also new to the iPhone game adding safety features that protect users from online hacking and abuse.

How to get iOS 16

To try out iOS 16 for yourself, you’ll need to update your iPhone software.

Head to Settings > General > Software Update.

You can then tap Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and Install.

On some iPhones, you’ll be directed to Download and Install automatically.

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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 make sure you send any important messages before starting.

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