Last week, Apple released iOS 9.3, but the update did not go smoothly on all devices — particularly older ones.
"Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier, and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device, in order to complete the software update," explained Apple in a support page on one of the iOS 9.3 issues. Some users could not remember their passwords, leaving their device locked until they could recover it, while others received this message: "Your iPad could not be activated because the activation service is temporarily unavailable." Apple posted support pages to help users who had already installed the update, which has since been pulled. Apple released a new iOS 9.3 update for affected devices that patched the activation bug.
While the activation issue has been fixed, iOS 9.3 still has a bug that causes devices to freeze or apps to crash after users tap on a link. This bug is caused by Apple's Universal Links feature, which allows apps to claim ownership of some web links, rather than opening the links solely in the mobile Safari browser. This bug is not limited to iOS 9.3, although complaints on the matter rose after the update. In a statement on the Universal Links bug, Apple said, "We are aware of this issue, and we will release a fix in a software update soon." Apple did not specify when the patch will start rolling out to users, but it could be in as little as a few days.
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