Some iPhone and iPad users seem to be encountering a curious bug in Safari right now, with the app crashing when certain search terms are entered. The bug has been running since last night, from what we can tell, and affected users are using a variant of iOS 16, although there are also reports from iOS 15 users.


Reports suggest that Safari crashes after the first three letters of selected words are typed into the search bar and it is not clear what is causing the problem. We have seen reports of “tar”, “bes”, “wal”, “wel”, “old”, “sta”, “pla” and other words that have blocked the app. What happens is that people try to type something like “Walmart” or “Starbucks” or “better” and they don’t go beyond the first three letters before Safari crashes.

It is not clear what is causing this problem and not all users seem to be concerned at this time. It affects those running iOS 15.7.1, ‌iOS 16‌, iOS 16.1, iOS 16.1.1 and iOS 16.2 beta, and Apple seems to be aware of the problem due to the reports people have provided to the support team.

Since this problem happened overnight, it’s likely to be some sort of server-side bug that Apple will be able to fix without an iOS update.
Update: The Safari crash bug has now been fixed.

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