Apple says excessive iOS 16 copy and paste prompts are a bug

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in iOS edited September 2022
Following complaints from iOS 16 users that they are being repeatedly prompted to allow pasting from the same apps, an Apple executive says the company will "get to the bottom of it."




One of the privacy features added in iOS 16 was a prompt that means apps have to have user permission before they can use anything that may be on the clipboard. If a user copies anything and tries to paste it into an app, that app has to ask permission to receive it.

However, multiple users of iOS 16 -- including some AppleInsider staff -- have seen the same apps asking for permission over and over again. Anecdotally, the number of paste permission requests appears to have reduced over the beta period, but Apple has now responded to the issue.

"This is absolutely not expected behavior," Apple senior manager Ron Huang said in an email thread seen by MacRumors, "and we will get to the bottom of it."

Huang co-invented the feature and reportedly added that Apple has not seen this issue internally. He did say that more than one external user has reported it.

Plus, Huang said a suggestion to add per-app clipboard access in Settings was a "good improvement."

"[Apple certainly needs] to fix and make apps like Mail just work even without this setting," he continued. "[But the feature is] nonetheless helpful for apps which users want to share data with even if they didn't initiate it."

Huang concluded his comments with, "Stay tuned."

The copy and paste issue is not the only small, but annoying problem users have experienced since iOS 16 was released. Currently, Lock Screen widgets from third-party apps may not always appear as available to install, although there is a workaround.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Everybody was talking about this during the beta cycle. Why did it even make it into release?
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Updated to iOS 15.7 only. One more reason to wait for iOS 16.1
  • Reply 3 of 8
    This is more of an app issue. On my phone only 2 apps do this. That too they are package tracking apps and so have a legitimate reason to do it
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,320member
    lam92103 said:
    This is more of an app issue. On my phone only 2 apps do this. That too they are package tracking apps and so have a legitimate reason to do it

    I am sure people copy and paste tracking #s into the apps all the time.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,457member
    I don't see any "copy and paste" bug on iPhone 14 Pro. Is there a specific pattern that triggers the bug? 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    netrox said:
    I don't see any "copy and paste" bug on iPhone 14 Pro. Is there a specific pattern that triggers the bug? 
    What I have seen isn't an issue with pasting.  Pasting works like it did before.

    The new prompt comes up when an app tries to read the clip board directly without you taking the action of pasting.  In previous versions of iOS an app could do that without you ever knowing.  Depending on what is in your clipboard (e.g. a password) that might be a big problem.

    But there are legitimate reasons for an app to read the clipboard.  For example, Deliveries will scan your clipboard to see if it contains a tracking number that you might want track.  That is why Apple created a prompt instead of blocking the behavior.

    But the prompt happens every time instead of learning when it is OK.
    williamlondonFileMakerFellernetroxwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 1,105member
    This is one of many reasons I wait for at least two updates of a major OS release before upgrading. 
  • Reply 8 of 8
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,867moderator
    Glad to hear this is a bug that will be addressed.  I’ve been using the Realtor app to view homes for sale.  The map view in Realtor doesn’t let you get a street view or click on local restaurant pins to expand the description, so I copy the home’s address out of Realtor and paste it to Google Maps, which prior to iOS 16 would preload the address from the clipboard so you could just tap it.  Now I’m first prompted every time for permission for Google Maps to paste data from the Realtor app.  Only after giving it permission does it then present the address for me to tap on.  
    watto_cobra
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