Apple today released the first major update to its new iOS 16 mobile operating system ahead of schedule. Earlier this week, Apple confirmed that it would be rolling out an update next week aimed at fixing a handful of bugs plaguing users, including an annoying bug related to copy-paste permissions and another that saw the camera shake when recording video in a number. third-party apps, including TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram.
The company told us and other reporters at the time that the fix for these and other bugs would arrive next week, but didn’t provide an exact launch date. iOS 16 users were therefore surprised when they discovered that the iOS 16.0.2 update was coming late Thursday afternoon.
According to the text of the update, this release fixes an issue with the iPhone’s camera, which “may vibrate and cause blurry photos when shooting with certain third-party apps on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max,” it read.
Apple didn’t detail what was causing the camera to shake, but it appears to be a software-only issue, as it’s being fixed via an iOS update. However, the problem was not generalized. TechCrunch iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max owners couldn’t reproduce the issue themselves, for example.
Another frustrating issue was the barrage of pop-ups asking users if the app had permission to read clipboard data.
This permissions feature was designed to protect user privacy, as the prompt highlighted when apps read the clipboard where sensitive data might be stored, even when users might not be unaware of what was going on. TikTok, for example, has been found guilty of spying on clipboard data, as have dozens of other iOS apps. But in iOS 16, the prompt appeared repeatedly which became distracting and annoying.
An Apple executive recently admitted in an email to an impacted user, reported by MacRumors, that the paste permissions pop-ups were not the intended behavior and would soon be fixed. He suggested that the problem was not detected internally at Apple during testing, but the company acknowledged that many users were experiencing the same problem.
This too is part of today’s fixes, the patch text notes.
This release also addresses an issue where VoiceOver was not available on restart; another where touch input was unresponsive on some older device models (X, XR, 11); and an issue where the display appeared completely black when setting up the device.
There was a hint that Apple had moved quickly to fix this first set of bugs when beta testers found these issues fixed in the latest public beta (beta 2) release yesterday.
iOS 16.0.2 software update is rolling out to all iOS users. If you don’t see it yet, you can visit the Software Update section in Settings to directly check for the update.