Apple released iOS 9.3 last week along with the launch of the new Apple iPhone SE. The update roll out however has been far from smooth, and Apple has had to pause iOS 9.3 roll out for older devices like iPhone 5s and iPad Air among others. Now, yet another issue seems to have cropped up with users complaining about crashing apps when they try to open website links. This issue seems to be largely affecting iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users who have updated to iOS 9.3. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Users say that when they try to open website links on Safari, Messages, Notes and other such apps, instead of directing to them to the website, the app crashes. Users have taken to Apple forums to report the issue, or are writing to Apple Support on Twitter. One of the forum members says that Apple is aware of this problem and are working on a fix that should “arrive within the next two days.” Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
After new iOS update I can’t click on links in browser or email. Any known bug or hack ?
Soft reboot done too.
Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) March 26, 2016
Like many are reporting, my iPhone Safari browser won’t open links after updating to iOS 9.3. Any fixes?
Brian X. Chen (@bxchen) March 26, 2016
Majed Abdullah (@Majed9Alassaf) March 27, 2016
Gert-Jan Put (@GJP86) March 27, 2016
According to 9To5Mac, this bug is largely centered around users who are trying to open the links by tapping and holding. This means most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices with 3D Touch display are vulnerable to the bug. That said, the report also states that some older devices are facing a similar issue. The following video shows how the bug is preventing Safari from opening links on an iPhone 6s.
The publication also mentions that the link crashing bug seems to crop in if you have certain third-party apps installed on your iPhone and it was able to replicate it on an unaffected iPhone by installing Booking.com app. However, uninstalling the app did not fix things.
After its release last week, Apple has paused iOS 9.3 roll out for older devices like iPhone 5s and iPad Air among others. The company is trying to fix an issue wherein entering a wrong Apple ID or Password during update could leave it in an inactivated state .
iOS 9.3 brings with it new features like Night Shift, password protection for Notes, and improved CarPlay integration among others. Most of the important features have been detailed in a hands-on video, you can check out our guide on how to activate the Night Shift mode and password protecting your Notes.