macOS 11.7.3 Breaks Safari Favorite Icons

Apple released macOS Big Sur version 11.7.3 in late January with security fixes, but the software update also introduced a new bug that prevents icons from appearing in Safari's Favorites section, according to widespread complaints online.

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Affected users have complained about the issue across the Apple Support Community, Twitter, Reddit, and other online platforms since the update was released last month. In one of the Apple Support Community threads, nearly 300 users have hit the "Me Too" button to indicate they are also experiencing the issue as of this writing.

For affected users, many of the websites in the Favorites section that would normally display an icon simply appear blank or show a letter only.

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Image via Apple Support Community

It's unclear if Apple is aware of the issue or if an additional macOS update will be necessary for a fix. In the meantime, updating to macOS 11.7.3 is still recommended due to the important security fixes implemented. The latest versions of macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura do not appear to be affected by this Safari bug.

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18 months ago
Good thing they were already broken.
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18 months ago
Lots of ....breaks.... from Apple lately.
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18 months ago
I hate to say, but Apple’s software side has been growling more and more unreliable. I bought a new Mac Studio that came with Ventura, but SMB file serving was completely broken in Ventura, and none of the fixes online worked for me, so I had to downgrade to Monterey. Monterey has been buggy at best. The main reason I bought this computer was that I needed something more reliable than my 2010 Mac Pro.

I’ve really lost all trust in Apple’s reliability on the software side of things. They’re now making great hardware, but subpar software. Maybe if they can stop rushing out major OSes every year, they may have a chance. I think macOS would do well on a two-year cycle. iOS would do well on a two year cycle too, but I don’t think that’ll ever happen in the foreseeable future. Apple is being driven by marketing hype above all else, and no longer by what’s best for end-users.
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18 months ago

They'll fix it, they always do.
Just like they fixed Safari's lack of plugin support right?
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18 months ago
Spend a buck on software quality guys…
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apple is doomed
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