Apple has just released iOS 9.3.1, an update to iOS 9, in order to fix a bug that made apps like Safari and Mail unresponsive.
In a report published in The Verge, Apple acknowledged the bug and promised that it will deal with the problem soon. iOS 9.3.1 is an over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users and can be downloaded from iTunes. It will be the seventh update for iOS 9 after 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3.
iOS 9.3 was intended for developers to connect URLs with specific mobile apps so they can tap a link to a website and open it in the site’s mobile app instead. However, mobile developer Ben Collier said that Universal links can lead to a crash.
After the release of i(S 9.3, many users of IiPhone and iPad found Safari, Messenger, Notes, Mail, or any other third party to crash or freeze after tapping or releasing or long pressing on a web link. Users of devices using lower versions also experienced the same problem.
The exact underlying cause of the problems has still not been discovered but there are speculations that it has something to do with Universal Links and Shared Web Credentials daemon, which allows apps and websites to share login credentials. While there was no quick fix that was available, Apple vowed to work on a fix and it has made good on its promise with the launch of iOS 9.3.1.
With the new update, Universal links can now handle larger file sizes. The company was working with high-profile developers to help them better understand how to utilize the feature and avoid the issue in the future. A newer, fixed version of the new version, coded with a fresh “build number” can be found under the “settings” tab for users who have not yet upgraded.
Last Tuesday, the company also released a step-by-steo guide for users with older phones or an iPad 2 who must sign in to get the new iOS. But if the company’s recent tweets are any indication, it seems that this bug has not yet been totally fixed. Users have complained that they can’t open hyperlinks from Safari.
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