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Apple Rolls Out New iOS 9.3 Build To Fix Activation Lock Bug On Older iPhones, iPads

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Apple has rolled out yet another new iOS 9.3 build with the aim to patch up issues associated to the Activation Lock bug that bricked older iPhones and iPads.

The company has pushed out the new update that still bears the name iOS 9.3 but carries a new build number, 13E237.

To address this issue, users who have been affected by the bug and have been jammed on the Activation Lock screen need to restore their iDevice through iTunes to upgrade to the most recent version.

In March 21, the Cupertino-based company started pushing out its most recent version of its iOS mobile operating syste, iOS 9.3, during its “Let us loop you in” event held in the Apple campus.

Of course, as being the most advanced version of iOS, the iOS 9.3 packed in a slew of nifty features, including the Night Shift functionality, 3D Touch gestures and the fingerprint-protected or password-protected notes on its Notes app.

However, the update also brought in an issue, specifically with a few older iDevices. It seems the issue occurred in the password authorization phase of the setup process. As a result, the company pulled the iOS 9.3 update for older devices.

Apple says in a support document that the problem particularly impacted the iPhone 5s and earlier as well as the iPad Air and earlier. While waiting for the patched version, Apple has also provided a fix to activate the iDevices that encountered the problem upon installing iOS 9.3 last week. However, reports have surfaced saying those who tried out this workaround have found limited success.

A separate iOS 9.3 build, with the build number 13E236, was also rolled out to fix the authentication issue, but only for the iPad 2.

On Monday, the company started seeding the patched version of the iOS 9.3 to the affected devices, according to a report from AppleInsider.

In the meantime, it seems users who have updated their device to iOS 9.3 have also experienced another bug. This specific bug triggers apps to crash and freeze when opening hyperlinks on Mail, Safari, Messages and even on third-party Web browsers, such as Google Chrome. This bug is said to affect all iDevices and is not yet solved in the iOS 9.3 update Apple has just recently released.

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