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Apple iMessage bug in iOS 12 reportedly combines chats from different contacts

Several users have complained about the issue on Apple's support forums.

  • Published: October 1, 2018 6:24 PM IST
Apple iOS 12 lead

Just about two weeks back, Apple started rolling out iOS 12 to eligible devices. The final release of iOS 12 is mostly stable, since most issues have been fixed in preceding beta versions. However, at the end of the day, it’s software, and bugs can always crop up.

One such bug, regarding the ‘unified thread’ functionality of Apple’s iMessage service, has reportedly been troubling users with devices running iOS 12. According to Beebom, the bug causes chat threads with different contacts to be unintentionally merged. Several users have complained about the issue on the official Apple discussions page.

The ‘unified thread’ feature is originally intended to merge multiple chat threads from a single contact together. This is beneficial when the contact uses multiple Apple devices, but it seems the feature has caused a new issue to crop up.

Since the bug is mostly related to accounts sharing a common ‘Apple ID’, many users on Apple’s discussion forums have suggested created multiple Apple IDs. However, this isn’t exactly an ideal solution.

Apple hasn’t responded to user complaints regarding the issue so far, but we expect the company will fix the bug with an update to iOS 12 soon.

Watch: Apple iOS 12 features

iOS 12 introduces many new features and enhancements. These include ‘Siri Shortcuts’, ‘Stacked Notifications’, ‘Screen Time’ (similar to Google’s ‘Digital Wellbeing’), AR-related enhancements, and more.

  • Published Date: October 1, 2018 6:24 PM IST