Users worldwide on iOS and OS X are reporting Safari crashing when using the search bar to type in a query. We’ve been unable to replicate the issue on our own iOS and OS X devices but The Verge does confirm their devices are experiencing the issue. It’s unclear what the exact issue is in this case but The Verge notes iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith may have a possible explanation. This doesn’t seem to be related to yesterday’s crashsafari link fiasco.
Steven Troughton-Smith, an iOS developer, notes that the problems are related to Safari’s search suggestions feature. Simply disabling this feature will stop Safari crashing, or using the private mode option in the browser as a temporary workaround. Not everyone is affected, and this could be because some have the search suggestions cached locally or they’re still able to reach Apple’s servers thanks to a DNS cache. The Verge has reached out to Apple for comment on the problems, and we’ll update you accordingly.
We’ve also reached out to Apple for comment on this issue and we’ll update here if we get a response or if The Verge gets a response first. In the meantime, let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter if you’re on iOS or OS X and experiencing this issue.