Apple says those annoying iOS 16 copy & paste warnings aren't working properly

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Those annoying copy & paste messages that you keep seeing since installing iOS 16? Apple says they shouldn't be that annoying and that it's being looked into.

After emailing Apple software chief Craig Federighi and CEO Tim Cook about the message — one that appears every time you try to paste the content into some apps — one iPhone owner was told that the current behavior isn't intended and to "stay tuned."

Fix Incoming?

The story goes that one MacRumors reader got so tired of seeing the iOS 16 warning message that they emailed to find out what the score is. And they got a reply from Ron Huang, a senior manager at Apple.

"This is absolutely not expected behavior, and we will get to the bottom of it," Huang said in a reply, going on to add that while Apple hadn't seen the issue in-house, the emailer wasn't the only one to have reported it. However, anecdotally, it does seem like a lot of people are finding that the warning message appears a lot, something that makes it all the more surprising that Apple hasn't yet fixed it or, according to Huang, had to deal with it during testing.

The new iOS 16 update is undoubtedly the best iPhone software to date, but this particular flaw is irritating for people who past often. It's designed to ensure that people are made aware whenever an app asks for content from the pasteboard, but it doesn't currently remember any previous confirmations and simply keeps asking time and time again.

Apple has already released iOS 16.0.1 to fix iPhone 14 launch issues, and the company is already testing iOS 16.1 with developers. It's possible we could see this fix rolled into iOS 16.1 before it is released to the public, but it's also possible that we could see a new iOS 16.0.2 update before then, too. Time, as always, will tell.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.