Apple fixes Activation Lock bug with iOS 9.3 update


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A fix for the Activation Lock bug that plagued older devices that upgraded to iOS 9.3 has been released by Apple this morning, after the company pulled iOS 9.3 availability on select iPhones and iPads last week.

Apple pushed out iOS 9.3 build 13E237 to iPad Air and earlier models, as well as the iPhone 5s and earlier models. The previous build bricked those models during Activation Mode due to failed password authorization.

The new version of iOS 9.3 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update, or installed directly through iTunes. Apple released a fix for the iPad 2 last Thursday after making it unavailable to devices effected by the issue.

iOS 9.3 was released to the public on March 21st after Apple’s iPhone SE keynote. The new update brings a number of new features, including Night Shift mode, Touch ID protected Notes, Apple News tweaks, and the ability to finally delete unwanted stock apps.

Despite seven beta builds of iOS 9.3, the software update has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. Another bug related to Universal Links and’s app, is making some iOS 9.3 users’ devices crash every time a link is tapped in Safari, Messages, Mail, Chrome, Notes, and other apps. Apple support representatives have said fixing the issues is now a number one priority.