Twitter user Aaron Stephenson (@iosaaron) tweeted out an interesting iOS 10 bug this morning, it seems his iPhone is missing its Spotlight feature. Normally when you pull down on the homescreen, you’re presented with an iOS 10 Spotlight search. In Stephenson’s case, he’s presented with a second homescreen complete with the same icons. If you’ve been using an iPhone for awhile, you know that iOS can sometimes be buggy in funny ways. This double homescreen oddity is hopefully not a widespread thing but it would be interesting to know if others are experiencing this issue.
iOS 10 home screen bug. Double home screen. No spotlight for me. pic.twitter.com/qADQKDoPrG
— Aaron Stephenson (@iosaaron) July 18, 2017
Bugs like this can range from annoying to critical, such as the 9-1-1 bug back in October 2016. In that case 18-year-old iPhone app developer Meetkumar Desai found a vulnerability which made iPhones dial 9-1-1 repeatedly if a link was clicked on it.
Desai allegedly used a Twitter account with around 12,000 followers and tweeted a link that caused people’s phones to dial 9-1-1 over and over again. That tweet went viral and supposedly it was clicked 117,502 times. Even if users hit the hang-up button, it would simply redial 9-1-1. The only way to stop the redialing was to power the phone down. Desai said he discovered the bug in the iPhone software and was looking to report it to Apple as part of a bug bounty program. But Apple said that Desai was not part of the bug bounty program. Desai said he was originally considering making the code to call 9-1-1, but then decided to set to a dead number instead. However, he said that he ended up publishing the 9-1-1 code on accident.