Apple Rolls Out iOS 16.3.1 With Crash Detection And iCloud Fixes But Breaks Google Photos App

Apple rolled out the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 16.3.1 yesterday, which includes several enhancements such as optimized crash detection and a fix for iCloud issues.

This comes as a minor update after Apple released the stable iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 updates for iPhones and iPads. These updates included various features, including support for Security Keys for Apple ID.

The iOS 16.3.1 update, which includes further optimizations to address the false positives generated by the iPhone 14’s Crash Detection feature, which has been overloading 911 call centers. The update also includes other bug fixes, such as improved iCloud settings display when apps are using iCloud, as well as fixing Siri requests for the Find My app that were not working.

Check out the complete changelog below,

iOS 16.3.1 update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • iCloud settings may be unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud
  • Siri requests for Find My may not work
  • Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

iOS 16.3.1 breaks Google Photos App

According to multiple reports on social media, as well as a report by The Verge, iPhone and iPad owners who use Google Photos are encountering issues with the newly released iOS 16.3.1 update. The Google Photos app crashes immediately upon opening, for those who have upgraded to the latest software.

It is currently unclear when the issue will be resolved and whether the fix will require an update to the Google Photos app or a server-side fix. Unfortunately, the update also includes an essential security fix for a known vulnerability that is being actively exploited, which means that Google Photos users must choose between the app and device security until the issue is resolved.