Apple releases iOS 9.3, Adds features, Causes and fixes bugs [UPDATED]

iOS 9.3

Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9.3.  The new update offeres new features and a few bug fixes [UPDATING]

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UPDATING: Some users have reported that a glitch in iOS 9.3 is causing older iPads and iPhones to become bricked. Apple has released a new build of 9.3 for anyone affected by the bug. This bug has prevented some devices from upgrading to iOS 9.3  The new version is still called 9.3, but has a new build number (13E5237).

Before pushing the new build of iOS 9.3, Apple put up a support page and confirmed the bug:

“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. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

 Once the bug was reported, Apple halted iOS 9.3 updates to older iOS devices.
If your device has been bricked by upgrading to iOS 9.3, you can (usually) restoring to using the Device Firmware Updater (DFU) mode and opening iTunes while your device in plugged in.  DFU mode makes sure your device can communicate with iTunes without actually using iOS. 

Older iOS devices that have yet to update to the new OS can access the updated build of iOS 9.3 by going to

Settings >> Software Update

 This is actually not the first time that Apple has had to fix iOS 9.3.  Hours after the so-called Activation Bug was first reported, Apple issued an iOS 9.3 patch (build number 13E236), in order to prevent 2nd Gen iPads from being bricked.


iOS 9.3 also has another bug in its update:

some users are reporting that 9.3 is causing web browsing in Safari to become unstable. Apple’s Support Twitter account and the Apple Support communities have both been flooded by users complaining of the new Safari Bug.  

Apple users have been fairly eager to update to iOS 9.3 because of several new features, such as password protection for Notes, customizable News App, Apple’s Health App getting along with more 3rd party apps, and a new feature called Night Shift, which cuts the amount of Blue Light from devices screens in the evening hours.

iOS Night Shift

However, the upgrade process has been rocky, despite seven separate beta releases.

 There are currently over 1 billion active iOS devices in the wild; while the numbers may make Apple happy, this may be the start of some major challenges for the Cupertino, California company, as they try to keep all devices active and cohesive.

What are your thoughts about iOS 9.3? What was your upgrade experience like? Share in the comments below!

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