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Apple re-releases iOS 9.3 to fix bug that freezes device during activation

Apple has reportedly re-released its iOS 9.3 operating system, fixing a freezing problem that occurs during activation in some older iPhones and iPads.

However, other bugs reportedly continue to persist, causing devices to crash when clicking on certain links. Apple originally released iOS 9.3 on March 21.

According to a ZDNet report, the amended version, with the new build number 13E237, fixes the glitch that had been affecting iPhone 5s, the iPad Air and earlier models of both devices. Last week, Apple suspended iOS 9.3 downloads for these older devices after users who couldn't remember their passwords could not get past the activation step requiring them to confirm the apple ID and password linked to the device.

Apple also issued a re-release last week fixing a similar glitch affecting only the iPad 2.

However, another bug remains that causes certain apps to crash or freeze when opening links from Mail, Messages and Safari. The bug primarily affects the iPhone 6 and 6s.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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