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Apple Rolls Out iOS 17.5.1 to Fix Deleted Photos Bug

Following the recent iOS 17.5 update, users were reporting issues where the Photos app was randomly deleting images.


has rolled out iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, targeting a bug that caused deleted photos to reappear in users' libraries. The updates are now available for eligible iPhones and iPads and can be downloaded through Settings > General > Software Update.

Background on the Issue

The problem surfaced following the release of iOS 17.5 and 17.5 on May 13. This update brought several changes, including a Bluetooth tracking collaboration between Apple and Google. However, users began noticing that photos they had deleted, some dating back to 2010, were reappearing in their Photos library. This led to confusion and raised privacy concerns among users.

Many users expressed worries about the security and privacy of their deleted data. Some speculated that Apple might be retaining their deleted photos in the cloud without their knowledge. Comments on various forums reflected a mix of relief and skepticism. One user remarked, “Apple: Now ‘deleted' photos won't reappear, but we still have all your deleted photos from decades ago. Just in case.”

Technical Details

Apple's release notes explain that the issue was due to database corruption, which allowed old photos to resurface in the library even after being deleted. The company assures that the iOS 17.5.1 update addresses this problem, preventing deleted images from reappearing.

Some users assumed that the photos were being stored in the cloud, but it was clarified that the photos never actually left the devices. They were in a 30-day deletion grace period on the local device. At least one user reported that deleted photos appeared on a device that had been wiped and given to a different user. Apple did not respond to requests for comment when approached a few days ago.

This update is essential for maintaining user trust and ensuring the integrity of the Photos app. Users are encouraged to install the update promptly to secure their devices against this and other potential bugs.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
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