Safari Crashes When Typing Into Address Bar - Update

Posted: Jan 27 2016, 10:50am CST | by , Updated: Jan 27 2016, 11:07pm CST, in News | Apple

Safari Crashes When Typing into Address Bar - Update

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The Apple Safari browser has a real crash situation right now on the iPhone and also on the Mac.

When I type something in the address bar of the Safari browser on the iPhone, the browser crashes in an instant. This is a wide spread problem today as a gaining reddit thread is filling up with reports of the same experience.

Update: Apple has fixed the bug and the Safari Browser is not crashing anymore when typing in the address bar. You can enable Safari Suggestions again.

Some say this also happens with the Safari browser on Macs. I can't verify that on my iMac, but I still run OS X 10.11.2 and did not upgrade yet to 10.11.3. Users report though that the crash happens on different versions of iOS and OS X. It is not clear what the condition has to be that the crash happens.

The issue is supposed to be high priority at Apple and engineers are working on a fix according to a post on reddit by an Apple employee. There is a simple work around to stop Safari from crashing. You have to switch of the Safari Suggestions feature.

On the iPhone go to Settings and then choose Safari. There you find Safari Suggestions. Just toggle the slider. The Safari Suggestions option on the Mac is under the Safari Preferences under the Search Tab. Just uncheck Include Safari Suggestions.

Safari Suggestions works via a connected service. There must be bug in what the service is sending back to the browser to cause the crash.

Apple got lucky that there is a simple work around to prevent Safari from crashing. If that would not be available Apple users would be up in arms.

Earlier this week a report about Safari crashing on a specific page made its round. There is an exploit in a Javascript API that crashes the browser.

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