Apple pushing out iOS 9.3.1 today to eliminate issue that crashes, hangs and freezes apps

Just the other day, we told you about a nasty bug connected to the iOS 9.3 update which causes links in apps like Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages to stop working. Instead of being taken to the linked site, the app will freeze, crash or hang. For the most part, this issue is limited to those using the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, although some with older iPhone models and some iPad users are also complaining about it.

Today, Apple has started to disseminate iOS 9.3.1 (which weighs in at 35.3MB) to everyone who received the earlier iOS 9.3 update. Even the new Apple iPhone SE and 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro are receiving the update since they both are hitting the market with iOS 9.3 pre-installed. The new iOS build contains a fix that will eliminate the problem with the app links

If you've been having a problem with your iDevice since the release of iOS 9.3, the good news is that the Calvary is here. Keep an eye peeled for iOS 9.3.1, which you could receive as soon as today.

source: MacRumors



1. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

There was article earlier about how stable iOS 9.3 is...and now this!

2. Subie

Posts: 2447; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Do you mean: and now it will be even more stable. It's a good thing for consumers when tech companies never say "good enough". Especially when it comes to software stability.

5. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For me it is extremely stable...I never had any crash on 6SP...though camera launch lags horribly at times.

16. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I agree, my 6SP has been fantastic, and my iPad Pro 9.7" is a beast. I notice the camera launch lag once in a great while, but its still pretty darn quick. I'm glad that Apple releases these updates quickly, as opposed to how long I would have had to wait to get Marshmallow on my Note5.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No release is 100% perfect.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right! There's an issue, they send a fix, carry on.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We know this already. Kinda goes without saying. Right? But in fairness, many iOS users act like iOS is in general. What i don't get is this. You guys will poke fun at Android users talking about slow updates, but Apple's quick updates if that is how you see it, are always full of far more issues vs Android updates. It's actually really bad because Apple only needs to update one operating system, which is shared on several models which have very limited hardware changes. Even though updates have taken longer on my Samsung devices, there has never been a time I needed to update weeks/days/months later until the next full firmware. Seems there is a huge advantage to some degree that, first Samsung creates the updated Android firmware, then the carriers get to add their garbage and test it until it is near perfect. Then when released, you rarely ever here of subsequent issues. It seems carriers actually does better testing of updates than Apple does. After all be honest: iOS 9 iOS 9.0.1 iOS 9. iOS 9.0.2 iOS 9.1 iOS 9.2 iOS 9.2.1 iOS 9.3 iOS 9.3.1 All of the updates with the exception of iOS9, were to fix things Apple themselves broke that were first working fine per se before 9.0, and then each one after was to fix issues caused by things that continue to break that were working after each so-called fix was released. How is it, Apple with only one phone has bigger update issues than Google or even Microsoft? I don't recall very many updates prior to iOS7, ever needing a subsequent fix days later. Here we are in Apple's 2nd fiscal quarter, and the iPhone has been broken/repaired more times than all my phones I've had period. If Apple was 100% testing firmware updates in-house to make sure of the quality, they shouldn't have this many issues in such a short time; no matter how easy it is to just make a new update later. How about we do it as right as possible the first time, so this many updates aren't needed. This is why you shouldn't brag about updates from Apple being quicker. After all, what good is a quick update if it breaks things over and over with each one?

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You really think Android is any better? Oh wait, let's not forget about the emergency update Samsung sent out for a few Galaxy phones. Stop acting like other OEMs don't send out patches for updates.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! You sure shut his whiny ass up. Good one Mxy.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup that didn't take long.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Way to go Apple. Keep ios going strong .

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's great that Apple pushes out these fixes for updates so quickly, but perhaps if they took the time to test new software releases a bit more thoroughly, then maybe they wouldn't have to release updates to fix updates on such a constant basis.

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Some people just can't be pleased.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree, +1

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree, you can't argue the fact that meanestgenius is 100% right. All these updates in 2 quarters. I dont care if or when my phone ever gets the new firmware. Here is something that has never happened to me on Android. I've never pulled a phone out the box and had to update it before I could even use it. NEVER! I have never had an OTA update on any Android I have ever own, mess up the phone and all of a sudden it not work as it was before I updated. NEVER! Now I have had carriers release updates to tweak settings so the phone, handles features on their network better, or to deal with something the carrier broke and then had to fix. But I have never installed an Android firmware and then days later have to install an updated firmware to fix something the previous update broke. NEVER! So I think Verizon and T-Mobile for doing a good job of making sure when they release a new firmware, even when it comes it comes just before Google, is already releasing a newer Android, that when I install the firmware I get, it has worked with no issue.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you here, Techie. What good are "fast and furious" updates if they only serve to break your phone and you need another update to fix it, only to have THAT update bring about more issues?

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I take it you didn't read the article. This is something dealing with Sprint. DEALING WITH SPRINT!!! Sprint = terrible network. Let me say it slowly so you can understand it- SPRINT = TERRIBLE NETWORK. Got it now? Or are you still salty from that utter beatdown you received in that last blackberry topic?

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

I take it that YOU didn't read the article. THIS is NOT the article or the problem that's related to Sprints network. THIS is: Got it now? Or are you too stupid to know which article is which. Or maybe it's because that RDF has affected you worse than I thought. Or maybe YOU'RE still salty from the way I've manhadled multiple trolls (you included) on that BlackBerry article? Now watch you totally try and avoid your screw up. Lmao!

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's my opinion. Don't like it? I don't care.

26. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

But u cared enough to reply.. Pff it means you're bothered

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you were obviously butthurt enough to respond to my comment to begin with. Apply aloe and a cool, damp cloth to the injured area.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He is, he's just deflecting.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not only are you jock riding him, but you're still in my sack.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And here's your copout answer, everyone who calls you out is on your sack. Lol you've been exposed.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, considering that idiots like you just love to call my name or take potshots against me, even when I'm not present in the article, I'd say they're on my sack. Just like you.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually what you said was 100% fact. We don't have that problem on Android. These guys brag about updates. yet 90% of the updates Apple releases is because the update prior, broke stuff that it shouldn't. After all how can an update have not one single issue in-house and as soon as they release it, everything breaks? It just sounds like this from inside Apple: Tim: If the latest update ready? Software Engineer: It's 95% ready, but there are some issues we are having during testing. Tim: If you released it now, how quickly can we fix it? SE: About a week"Tim: Ok push out the update, we will worry about the resr later SE: Not a good idea Tim: if you liek yourr job here, then do as I say to keep it. SE. Yes Sir 2 weeks later Tim: So how is the fix, well we've fix some things, but more is broken now too Tim: release it now and we will fix the other things later This same problem with iOS9, gettign a fix, where the fix has broke things that weren't broken, that then requires a new update fix has happened 8 times for a single firmware release, in less than 6 months. But you dont hear the fans standing up and saying this is bad. No, they are just happy to brag they got an update, which brings no new features really, or Apple tosses in a feature, just to give them a pacifier because of the bugs. Look at each version of Android, how many firmware updates were .x fixes for a previous screw up? Now to be fair, I do recall that Android Jelly Bean and Lollipop are the only versions that required a subsequent update to deal with Android Firmware issues. 2 operating system 3 years apart. Apple, one operating system, 9 major firmware fixes in 6 month. That is a terrible quality control issue.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. But blind fanboys like Mxy can't help but follow anything Apple says and does. The RDF is just too strong for him.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This is the only response I need for you:

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

And this is the only response I need for you: The real reason why you changed your avatar. Because I totally embarrassed you on a past article using that.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not going to read your essay of a response. That is the only thing I need to say.

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