Apple iOS 15 has a big bug, and the fix for this is not in sight for a while. While there has been iOS 15.0.1 update, it hasn’t made any improvement to these experiences. And now a new warning has been issued to all iPhone owners that iOS 15 can even delete your photos and their backups.
This new bug was spotted by MacRumors, a growing number of users have found that deleting a Messages thread will cause any photos you saved from that thread to also be deleted — the photos will also be deleted from your iCloud backup without warning. Furthermore, Apple has no fix in sight.
iOS 15 – a new warning has been issued to all iPhone owners that iOS 15 could delete your photos, and their backups.
MacRumors was able to replicate the bug and has published the steps required for you to test if your iPhone is affected:
Open a Messages conversion and save a photo to Camera Roll.
Check the photo has been saved.
Delete the Messages conversation the photo came from (note: the photo is still in your iCloud Photo Library at this point)
Perform an iCloud Backup
If affected, you will see your photo has now been deleted.
The danger here is obvious: iCloud backup gives users the confidence to delete Messages threads, but this deletion destroys the iCloud backup. It’s a connection no user could be expected to make and the damage is not only permanent, it may not be spotted for some time.
All of which makes this perhaps the worst iOS 15 bug to date — quite a feat when the list includes unresponsive displays, broken accessories, borked camera operation, failed CarPlay integration, and much more. Moreover, testers confirm the problem exists even on the latest iOS 15.1 beta issued last week which — given its severity — strongly suggests Apple has been caught off guard by this.
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The current version of iOS is iOS 15.0, which was released to the public on Monday, September 20. It included improved Face ID anti-spoofing models and other vulnerability fixes.
During iOS 15’s beta testing period, it became clear that some features, such as SharePlay and Find My support for AirPods, have been delayed and are not yet available.
The next update to iOS, version 15.1, is also available as a preview beta release for developers and public beta testers. Registered developers can download the profile for the iOS 15 beta from the Apple Developer Center, and once the profile is installed, beta updates will be available over the air. An iOS 15 public beta is now available for testing at beta.apple.com.
It is preferable to install the iOS 15 beta on a secondary device because this is early release software that could have bugs or issues.