Apple Releases iOS 17.3.1 With Fix for Text Bug

Apple today released iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1, minor updates for the iOS 17 and iPadOS operating systems that were released in September 2023. iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1 comes a few weeks after Apple released iOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection.

iOS 17
iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1 can be downloaded on eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the update includes a fix for a bug that could cause text to unexpectedly duplicate or overlap while typing.

Related Roundups: iOS 17, iPadOS 17
Related Forums: iOS 17, iPadOS 17

Top Rated Comments

dominiongamma Avatar
3 weeks ago

7 days from now, expect older versions to be no longer signed, can no longer downgrade...
As it should
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hogswarts Avatar
3 weeks ago
We need this fix on macOS, too! (and I expect to see it shortly)
When the bug strikes, it's scary... raises questions about the integrity of anything one is writing and what the text actually says that will be sent (in iMessage or Mail).
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
3 weeks ago

I actually encountered that duplication or overwrite graphics bug a lot. Especially when cutting and pasting in MacRumors forum posts using a iPad.
There’s also a bug where you delete a word or some letters, but they still remain as part of Predictive Text, resulting in nonsense suggestions.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BugeyeSTI Avatar
3 weeks ago
Haven't had the issue described but, it must effect enough users for them to issue an update..
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlanMarron Avatar
3 weeks ago

The issue I have is that sometimes my iMessage threads will disappear and only SMS messages will be shown.
I’m so disgusted with Messages failing to sync between my iPhone, my MacBook, and my iPad, I’ve decided to park my iPad for now. Apple insists on inserting new features that I don’t use but lets bugs persist. Pffft.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
3 weeks ago
I wonder if it also fixes standby mode being much brighter than it should be at night which has been happening since the last update.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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