Some iPhone and iPad Users seem to be experiencing a curious bug in Safari right now, with the app crashing when certain search terms are entered. The bug has persisted since last night, from what we can tell, and affected users are running a variant of iOS16although there are user reports of iOS 15 as well.


Reports suggest that Safari crashes after typing the first three letters of selected words in the search bar, and the cause of the problem is unclear. We have seen reports of “tar”, “bes”, “wal”, “wel”, “old”, “sta”, “pla” and other words causing the app to crash. What happens is people try to type in something like “Walmart” or “Starbucks” or “best” and don’t get past the first three letters before Safari crashes.

The cause of this issue is unclear, and not all users seem to be affected at this time. This affects those running iOS 15.7.1, ‌iOS 16‌, iOS 16.1, iOS 16.1.1 and the iOS 16.2 beta, and Apple appears to be aware of the issue due to user reports provided to the development team. ‘assistance.

Since this issue appeared overnight, it’s likely some sort of server-side bug that Apple can fix without an iOS update.

Update: The Safari crash bug has now been fixed.

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