Safari on Mac and iOS suffering from widespread crash-causing bug (Update: Fixed)

Safari on Mac and iOS suffering from widespread crash-causing bug (Update: Fixed)
According to multiple reports, Apple's Safari browser is currently affected by a widespread crash-causing bug. The bug affects both iOS and Mac versions of the browser and appears to affect a large portion of Safari users. In essence, both the mobile and the desktop versions of Safari crash when users perform searches using the address bar.

As some developers pointed out on Twitter, the problem lies with the Safari search suggestion function. When users type words into the address bar, the query is sent to Apple servers, which deliver search suggestions - either more complex queries or actual URLs, depending on the case - to the users. This is why the problem affects all Safari versions and acts independently of the default search engine.

Update: Users have been reporting that Safari is now working as intented, although it may take a while before the fix rolls out to all affected users. From the looks of it, the bug only affected iPhones, iPads, and Macs which updated their search suggestions cache in the early hours of the day. 

If you're experiencing the issue but would still like to be able to browse the web using Safari on your iPhone, you should go into the settings screen and turn off the "Search Engine Suggestions" toggle. Alternatively, you can enter private browsing mode. Another obvious solution is to download a third-party browser such as Google Chrome.

This widespread Safari bug comes just a few days after links to a malicious website wrecked havoc on Twitter and other social media platforms. Called CrashSafari.com, the website crashes most browsers but is even more dangerous when opened on Safari for iOS, as it can cause iPhones and iPads to reboot.

Apple has yet to officially address the issue, but we'll update this post whenever the company is ready to comment. Have you guys been experiencing the issue?

via: The Guardian

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39 Comments

1. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Another obvious solution is to download a third-party browser such as Google Chrome. Can do!, or just buy a high end android phone ;)

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I see your posts, do you get commission for selling android on websites?

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You stalking my posts? Ooo that's creepy... And iOS or iPhones dont come anywhere close to any high end Android phones, so yes of course I'm a fan of Android and High end phones with android OS. My choices, my life, my opinion, hope that's ok with you ;)

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Nope, I'm stalking Apple news... You happens to be posting on everyone one of them - that's absolutely your choice, you're right. I was just wondering if there's money to be made worshipping android. But consider your point "iPhone don't come anywhere close..." And look at this: http://iphone.appleinsider.com/articles/16/01/13/antutu-iphone-6s-performance-thrashes-high-spec-androids-huawei-mate-8-samsung-note-5-nexus-6p Or maybe this:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx6XaV2K8Go Just in case, this:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qtBHW5Nn2zI

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Antutu mean nothing. On last updated they made it so single core performance is more important than multicore performance now thats most app ( even on iphone ) use more than 1 tread so use multicore better than single core. As for the others i could get you load of youtube video thats show android phone beating the hell out of iphone on app load time and multitasking. the important in the end is thats its fast and do the job and both ios and android can do it but one has a better quality and durability vs price than the others one.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

I guess antutu updating their test to insure that android OEMs cannot cheat makes it irrelevant now - so now it means nothing. As for others: look at what I'm replying to and comprehend the point I'm trying to make. The important thing: you're right, specs don't matter. But "quality and durability vs price" is subjective buddy. You guys never take into account that Apple runs their own ecosystem and builds its own OS while android oems use free OS and do not have to maintain the ecosystem. Also consider that all android orms have bloatware which subsidizes the cost of the device. Also consider that price points for any product in the world is determined based on support and demand. If there was little demand for iPhone they would be sell it cheaper - that alone proves that iPhones are quality items hundreds of millions - which means Apple got it right. So good point, but subjective.

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

At Telus in Canada we dont put bloatware on phone dont put the fault on android if some Carrier are morons. As for Antutu they did not only stop android from cheating by overclocking the soc when used in benchmark they also reduced the multicore value on the total scoore wich make no sense. Phone like the nexus 6P thats dont use such cheat got much lower scoore on new version compared to old one. But benchmark are not really important anyway. My old Sony Z1 still run perfectly well and run everything with no lag at all its may not run latest software but the one its run if almost flawless and i still have latest API thanks to google updating them directly so i can run all apps and games on it. ( on iphone if you are on ios 7.0 many apps wont work or crash and i have many clients thats would have liked to keep ios 6 or 7 but get the new api to run all the apps. ) As for support and demand the demand part can be created by playing with ppl mind using marketing and sometime false number. the only reason Apple dont sell cheaper is because they need to increase margin on each phone year after year and eventually they will hit a wall. USA and china will be the last country to hit this wall ( This is why they often use those number ) but an example is here in Canada iphone sales declined by at least 30% compared to 2014. Everything in life is subjective but if i can get same result for lower cost i take it anyday.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

High end android phone!!!! It exists?????

5. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol at your comment... Not only high end but well priced

8. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. The Note 5, the best large screened phone on the planet.

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

iPhones are well optimized mid end smartphones.

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

There isn't a high end Apple phone, they only make mid range devices.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

... that run faster than android flagships!!!! (You forgot that bit on purpose huh?)

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta admit, for a "mid range device" (as others refer to it, not me), the iPhone sure does kick @$$ when it comes to performance.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Alik yeah 6S has nice benchmark buthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_CWMuPd6yA 40 sec to do all the app opening vs 52 sec for the 6S plus. Basically now iphone are all about benchmark but slower on real life performance. So funny!

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude, this guy runs buncha benchmarks and talks how great they're for testing graphics and doesn't use a single app that utilizes any apps that utilize graphics. At least tech buffalo is well known tech site, and used a mixture of popular and graphic intensive apps. But if you're into Facebook and Twitter - you won your self 10 seconds - congratulations.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well my low end android moto X play beat the crap of my boss iphone 6S + camera in all picture showdown we did. Its open app as fast. Keep them longer in memory. Has a better battery. As good screen. For about 1/3 of the price. I also have 144 gb onboard memory wich is more than the 128 gb he has. ( marchmallow fuse your sd card with onboard memory now and i use a high end ultra fast sd ) We all know moto X play is not high end android right? so high end android just destroy iphone in most cases.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Thank you for a thorough analysis. Please check post #21.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Check post 27. Easy to find youtube video. Nexus 6P faster than iphone 6S plus but not on benchmark only in real life performance ( so if benchmark are more important for you good but i prefer real life performance ) I also like to be able to keep all my purchase and switch OEM as i want.. Wait.. cant do thats with iphone as no one else make ios device.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

You can't switch from one android device to another without loosing features or giving up something - same with iOS switching to android - what the hell is your point?

19. Unordinary unregistered

You have a better chance at surviving crashes on that [fixed] Safari bug than you do trying to survive Chromes terrible experience lol. Until now. Google updated Chrome today. 70% fewer crashes. Only took them 4 years.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Never had a single crash with chrome on my android. If chrome on ios is not as good as on android well you know what you have to do right? :) At least google giving you the possibility to use the app on ios.. do you know many ios app we can use on android?

36. Unordinary unregistered

Because it works on Android nice. I used to use it. I'm happy they released a major update today. Truly happy. But Chrome on iOS was terrible, and Google should hire more talented engineers. I mean hey, Hangouts for iOS always worked leagues better than it did on Android, why can't that be the case with Chrome?

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Someone forgot to tell my iDevices about this - because I don't experience this atm. Same our both 6s phones, my 5s and iPad 3. FYI, And the safari crash website does not reboot iOS, it reboots the springboard - the difference , take a minute or two to reboot iOS, this only takes a second.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, I can definitely you that my iPad Air! 2 is definitely affected by this. Gonna dust off my 6s plus and see if it's affected as well. Hopefully, a fix rolls out soon to my devices.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

what do you type in in search field? Let me know, I want to try it.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right now, my iPad won't let me type ANYTHING in the search field. When I tap the search field, Safari crashes.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

iPad 3, and all my devices work fine... I even typed the word "ANYTHING" as you said that it won't let you type that word (as a joke). I do have predictive turned on. Are you on 9.2.1? My iPhone 5s is on 9.2 and its letting me search without issues as well.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao@ "I even typed the word ANYTHING..." I'm on 9.2.1.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

My 6s plus is fine, though.

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