A bug affecting the search functionality in the Messages app on some iPhone 15 models has been fixed in the second beta of iOS 17.1, which was released this week. Early adopters of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro had complained that the search tool in the Messages app only displayed recent messages after transferring content from another iPhone. Several users on online forums such as MacRumors and Reddit had reported this issue since the devices were launched earlier this month.
The bug was present on all iOS 17 versions up to the first iOS 17.1 beta, but many affected users have said that it has been resolved in the second beta. However, it may take up to a day for the device to index and restore the older messages. Some users have reported that they needed to follow specific steps in order to fix the issue, such as opening the Settings app, tapping on Messages, tapping on Siri & Search, turning off all of the settings shown, restarting the iPhone, and re-enabling those settings.
iOS 17.1 is expected to be released to the public in late October, so users who are not interested in installing the beta version might have to wait a few more weeks for the fix. It is worth noting that these beta releases are meant for testing purposes and may still have some bugs or issues that need to be addressed before the final release.
In other Apple-related news, there have been reports of a potential issue for iPhone 15 users who drive a BMW and charge their devices using the vehicle’s wireless charging pad. Some users have complained that their iPhone 15’s NFC chip stops working after charging the device with the wireless charging pad. It is unclear how widespread this issue is, but it is recommended that iPhone 15 users with BMW vehicles avoid using the wireless charging feature for now until more information is available.
Additionally, Apple has recently added the original Apple Watch, including the $17,000 gold model, to its list of obsolete products. This means that these first-generation Apple Watch models released in 2015 are no longer eligible for repairs or other service at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Provider locations.
On a positive note, Apple has released iOS 17.0.3, an update for the iPhone, which addresses an overheating issue on the iPhone 15 Pro. The update can be downloaded over-the-air on eligible iPhones by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
These updates and bug fixes are part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to improve the user experience and address any issues that may arise with its devices. Users are advised to keep their devices updated with the latest software releases to ensure optimal performance and to report any issues they encounter to Apple for further investigation and resolution.