Apple confirms a fix for iOS 9.3’s misbehaving web links is in the works and coming soon

By , Mar 29, 2016

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Apple is aware that some folks are seeing unexpected behavior when tapping web links on iOS 9.3 and is working on a fix which will be deployed to users in the form of a minor software update, a company spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch.

An unknown portion of people who have upgraded their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 9.3 have reported being plagued with this issue where tapping web links would crash apps like Safari, Messages, Mail, Chrome, Tweetbot and more.

Other affected users of iOS 9.3 have said tapping on URLs does nothing.

“We are aware of this issue and we’ll release a fix in a software update soon,” said Apple. People are saying on Twitter that the issue also affects some devices with older iOS versions, indicating this has been a longstanding bug in the mobile operating system.

An uncharacteristically major “point” software update, iOS 9.3 has seen a somewhat rocky launch since its release last week. For instance, four days into its availability to the general public, Apple had to launch a new iOS 9.3 build specifically for the iPad 2 (version 13E236) to address an issue preventing the tablet from communicating with iTunes activation servers.

Moreover, soon after people started posting well-documented reports of bricking, Apple swiftly re-released iOS 9.3 to fix a bug with the Activation Lock feature that prevented owners of older iPhone and iPad models from activating their device because the system erroneously asked for their Apple ID password used to originally set up their device with rather than for their current Apple ID credentials.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • SBG

    I have Ipad 3 and when I updated to 9.3 I get more problems den candys dark display 9.3 is still beta.
    Dont update old hardware like iPad 3 problems

    • iPhoneWINS

      yup that show they tell you to buy new boring hardware that you dont need

  • Zack Morris

    Weird since they had so many betas, 7 total. I know other iOS releases had 7 or 8 but I would think by 5 most of these larger issues would come to surface.

    • Diego Milano

      They’re just doing it on purpose.

    • iPhoneWINS

      sad and sloppy

  • Diego Milano

    It is SO obvious that they are trying to introduce a sneaky bug so that the jailbreak developers release their magical tools so that they then break the jailbreak on a subsequent release that -conveniently- introduces a fix to the bug. 🙂
    What is it gonna be next, Apple?

    • Tommy

      i dont know if theyd go that far, but yea i miss jailbreaking

    • Chris

      That’s a ridiculous. You mean to tell me you think their entire software release strategy is just tuned to combat the very small minority who jailbreak?

      • Diego Milano

        As ridiculous as it may sound, if you have a chance to get them to bite so you can then make your system more secure, I don’t think it’s that ridiculous in my most humble opinion. Apple and the jailbreaking scene has always played the car and mice game.
        I believe it’s fairly decent to consider it a possibility, although iOS 9.3.1 has been released so, now we just need to wonder what other defect is wandering around…

    • Sandeep Roy

      No way, they’d mess up their Updates just to get egg on their face. By the way less than 10% owners jailbreak.

      • Diego Milano

        Worldwide, do you know how many users 10% is considering iOS dominance or market share? I think jailbreaking is underestimated in general, whereas Apple on the other hand has been borrowing tons of functionality from the jailbreak scene. 😉

  • At the end of the day, Apple likely test iOS on maybe a hundred devices, but that’s nothing compared to the millions of users.

    A developer of the Facebook app once said perfectly: “When working on something that is used by millions, a one-in-a-million bug can happen thousands of times each day.

    • iPhoneWINS

      hmmm okay cool so we should just expect these huge bugs…cool sounds fun

      • It’s not *that* huge. It’s software man, it happens, every single piece of software ever created and ever will be created will have bugs. Do you not get app updates with “bug fixes” in its change log? Same thing, but on a far louder audience.

    • Diego Milano

      That’s what public betas are for though, to enhance the QA scope instead of limiting it to a certain minority or user type (eg., developers), even though I personally do not expect the number to increase to the millions, but thousands surely.

      • Yeah, you’re entirely right, but the point still stands that the entire beta community is a tiny village compared to the continent of typical users. There simply aren’t enough people to find all of the bugs. Think of just how many bugs were squashed from 9.3 beta 1 all the way up the final release, this was just another undiscovered bug. More often than not, fixing one bug can cause many more.

      • Max Payne

        I read on another site’s commenters that he advised apple on two occasions during the beta phase of the password problem alone and he felt he was sending his bug reports to a ‘black hole’ as he put it.

      • Diego Milano

        There will never be flawless software, that is a fact. They work with what they have, as much as we do. Or maybe they don’t.

  • iPhoneWINS

    OMG apple is boring and always has a major bug that requires another update right after the update you just did.. Iphone 7 looks boring too looks like i will be on my 6+ jailbroken on 9.0.2 for another year

    • igorsky

      Ok seriously, can someone tell me…is this a joke account or is this dude for real?

  • Bigfoot Expert

    My safari keeps freezing when I use the address bar

  • Ironman

    I updated my iPad mini to 9.0.2 and it has run like garbage ever since. Random crashes are the norm. My wife’s 5C is on 9.2 and it runs badly too. We both miss iOS 8. I wish Apple would let you downgrade to the last stable version of software. Or at least the last main version of a software.

    • Jackson Grong

      I know how if feels, I sold my iPad Air after updating it to iOS 9.
      It went from buttery smooth to total stutter

  • Sombir

    Dear Christian Zibreg,
    I would like to share another bug in IOS 9.
    I am not sure you are aware or not.
    Once we get miss call and if we check the number, it doesn’t true blue to identify the number.

    For example:
    Lets say i save my friend 2 numbers as mobile. not as iPhone, home, mobile.
    If he miss call me then i can’t identify from which number he called me because he doesn’t turn in blue color.
    In previous version the miss call number turn blue color so we can identify easily.
    I hope you write any post about this error, Apple may fix in their next update.

    Thank you.