Apple Releases Updated Build of iOS 9.3 To Fix ‘Activation Bug’


Last week, Apple released iOS 9.3 with a handful of surprising features including Touch ID for notes, personalized News app, new Apple music options for CarPlay, Night Shift, quick actions for 3D Touch and several iOS for Education enhancements. Unfortunately, several iPad users started facing technical issues after upgrading iOS 9.3 through iTunes and the Software Update in the Settings app. That’s why Apple decided to release an updated version of iOS 9.3 that was previously affected by ‘activation bug’. Though it is still called by the name iOS 9.3, but has a build number 13E5237. Earlier, this ‘activation bug’ anticipated older iPhones and iPads from upgrading to iOS 9.3.

Before releasing the updated version of iOS 9.3, Apple released a statement confirming activation bug on March 24:

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.”

Apple temporarily stopped upgrading iOS 9.3 to older devices, once it got to know about the issue. By using Device Firmware Update(DFU) and opening iTunes while your device is still plugged into your computer, you can restore your Apple device that got bricked by iOS 9.3. DFU ensures communication of your iOS device with iTunes without considering activation of boot leader or iOS.

This isn’t the first time that Apple fixed iOS 9.3. After the bug was reported last week, Apple issued an iOS 9.3 patch called build number 13E236 just to prevent the second generation iPad from being bricked. The original versions of iOS 9.3 are build 13E234 on iPhone and 13E233 on iPad.

Apple users are excited to upgrade the latest version of iOS because of its features. However, the upgrade process has been petrified as Apple is testing iOS 9.3 across seven beta releases.

What are your thoughts and upgrading experiences about iOS 9.3?