Monday, May 20, 2024

iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1

Juli Clover (release notes, no security, no developer):

According to Apple’s release notes, the updates include a fix for an issue that could cause images to reappear in the Photos library even after being deleted.


MarketplaceKit updated in iOS 17.5.1. Now it returns a consistent client ID per device, but the ID is different from the one that was generated in iOS 17.4. So this will only impact customers who installed @altstore before iOS 17.5.1. But will it be reliable this time? 🤷‍♂️


Update (2024-06-04): Ric Ford (MacRumors):

Apple has issued an odd update, re-issuing a different “build” of the critical iPadOS 17.5.1 update for undisclosed bugs affecting one specific iPad model without changing the version number.

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“The 17.5.1 update removed the scanning of the filesystem that was added in 17.5 to prevent deleted photos stored outside of the photo library to re-appear. According to our analysis, no code was added to purge the imported photos from the library as well as the "deleted" pictures lying on the filesystem.”

So if you skipped past 17.5 and went straight to 17.5.1 you may still have deleted photos lurking on your device. While it is very Apple like to silently make a choice (just add them to the library if found) if they revisit this scanning in a future update then a UI to show what it finds a prompt the user to choose to delete or import them would be better, ideally also to let you select just some for import and purge the remainder. Putting them in a recovered photos album would also be good.

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