Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3, looks to resolve Activation Lock issue with older iPhones, iPads

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News


It might not resolve all the problems associated with the iOS 9.3 release, but it’ll handle some of it.

Apple on Monday released an updated build of its iOS 9.3 operating system. The new version attempts to fix issues related to an Activation Lock bug that presented itself on older iPhones and iPads.

The build is still identified as iOS 9.3 and is identified as build number 13E237 and users can restore from it via iTunes as needed..

Apple stopped signing the previous, broken version of iOS 9.3 for older devices last week. The problem occurred in the password authorization phase of the iOS 9.3 setup process.

The company confirmed that the Activation Lock problem affected iPhone 5s and earlier handsets along with iPad Air tablets and earlier.

Some users found success in downloading iOS 9.3 through iTunes on a Mac and installing the firmware via a hardwired connection, suggesting there is an underlying issue on Apple’s end. Others have found a full system restore also works, though the method is hit-or-miss.

Apple has also published a support document offering workaround suggestions. It’s been suggested that users reset their password through iCloud, perform an iTunes-based installation and activation, or remove Activation Lock through These workarounds led to limited success.

If you’ve downloaded the new iOS 9.3 build and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via AppleInsider and Apple support documents

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