Apple released iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 updates earlier this week, and both the updates brought various new features and fixed a lot of bugs. However, it has also introduced a weird bug in the Safari web browser app that you should be aware of. So, what’s that bug? Well, continue reading to find out.
The Safari app on both iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 platforms now fails to search for the plus symbol (+) on the internet. If you try to search for the + symbol or any term that contains a + symbol in it using Safari’s search bar/unified address bar, it removes the symbol from the search results page and provides search results that do not contain +.
For example, if you search for C++ or Disney+, you will just see results related to C and Disney, respectively. This might not appear like a huge bug, but when you want to quickly search for any topic or term with the + symbol in it, you would not be able to get accurate search results and that might irritate you in certain situations.
Apple’s own products such as Apple News+ and Apple TV+ contain the plus symbol. Well, a quick fix would be to either change the default search engine from Google to Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Yahoo. You could alternatively use other web browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox.
This bug could be happening due to incorrect URL encoding in Safari’s unified search bar in iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4. There’s a possibility of either Apple or Google fixing things from their end since this appears to be a bug related to Safari’s integration with Google’s internet search service. Apple could also issue a quick and minor iOS and macOS bug fixing software update to compatible devices.