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Apple's Safari browser appears to be experiencing issues worldwide this morning. Searching from the address bar in both iOS and OS X is causing the browser to crash in some instances.
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. Apple Safari Browser Crashes Appears Related to Search Suggestions [theverge.com]
But the BBC understands that the fix may take some time to go through for everyone.
Users can, however, speed up the process by clicking on the "clear history and website data" in Safari's preferences. Apple fixes Safari crash search bug [bbc.co.uk]