Apple has temporarily pulled the iOS 9.3 update for older iOS devices such as the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the iPad Air 2.
A few days ago, Apple started rolling out the iOS 9.3 update
for all compatible devices. In the days that followed, however, an alarming number of users reported that installing the update rendered their devices unusable. Essentially validating these reports, Apple has just announced that it will pause the iOS 9.3 update for these older devices.
Aside from pausing the update, Apple has also posted a support page that explains the steps that users need to take if they can‘t activate their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch after installing the update.
The suggested solutions are removing the Activation Lock via iCloud or activating the device through iTunes from a computer. For detailed instructions on how to bypass the iOS 9.3 'Activation Lock' glitch, check out the source below.
On affected devices, users are unable to pass through activation stage after updating to iOS 9.3. Talking to Apple-centric blog iMore, an Apple spokesperson said:
Note that this isn't the first time that Apple had to pause an iOS update. Back in September 2014, Apple temporarily pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update
following reports that the new software caused some people to lose cellular service.