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Unintended Reappearance of Deleted Photos Raises Privacy Concerns in iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5

New Updates Introduce Worrisome Privacy Issue for iPhone and iPad Users

NEWS  Security  May 20, 2024  Reading time: ~1 minute)

mdo Max (RS editor)

The recent updates to iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 have triggered a wave of user complaints about deleted images mysteriously reappearing on their devices. This issue is particularly alarming from a data protection standpoint, especially for those who have sold their iPhones or iPads.


Released on May 13, iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 introduced several new features, including enhanced anti-stalking capabilities and the ability to download apps directly from developer websites. However, the updates seem to have inadvertently introduced a significant privacy flaw.

One notable incident was reported by a Reddit user who discovered that photos he had deleted reappeared on an iPad he had sold. The buyer of the iPad updated the device to iPadOS 17.5, and despite the seller having reset the device according to Apple’s official instructions, the old photos resurfaced

This user's experience is not isolated, as numerous other users have shared similar stories in the comments section of the Reddit post.

As of now, Apple has not issued any official statements addressing this problem. There is also no clear indication that the company is actively working on a solution. This lack of response is increasing anxiety among users, especially those who have already sold their Apple devices and are now concerned that their private pictures could be accessed by strangers.

The growing concern underscores the importance of robust data protection measures and timely responses to potential security breaches by tech companies. Users are advised to stay vigilant and monitor for any updates or patches from Apple that might resolve this issue.




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