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The recent iOS 9.3 update by Apple has left a large number of iPhone and iPad users in great confusion. Users who have updated to the latest Apple iOS 9.3 point release have been found reporting various system stability issues while trying to open links in Safari browser, Mail and Messages. iPhone users are continuously reporting a strange bug in Apple Safari browser after acquiring the latest iOS 9.3 release.

Opening hyperlinks in Apple Safari is forcing the browser and other apps to simply crash, hang and freeze on iPhones and iPads. Also, using Google Chrome is not of any help since the screen freezes immediately as soon as a link is tapped. Closing all apps, clearing the cache memory, and even rebooting and restarting the device is of no help to users.

As described by the affected users, tapping on various links in Safari browser, Mail or Messages causes the same apps to crash or freeze instantly. The issue seems to be app agnostic, since both first and third party software shows crash symptoms, which clearly suggests that the issue lies in iOS itself.

According to 9to5Mac, the bug issue has been reported to mainly affect iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users, but has also been experienced on older models of iPhones and Pads too.

It appears that a web link bug is causing this problem. Some affected users claimed on the Apple Support Forum that pressing and holding on the web links in Chrome for a longer time opens the website in a new tab, but unfortunately it appears that this hack doesn’t work in Safari browser. The solution is basically a ‘hit-or-miss’ one.

Although no permanent solution has been figured out yet, some users have reported that disabling or deactivating JavaScript might somewhat help to alleviate the problem. This can be performed by going to Settings > Safari > Advanced in the Apple Safari browser.

Seems like the latest iOS 9.3 update has turned out to be one of the most ‘buggy’ software updates by Apple of all time!

Well, this isn’t the first time that Apple has malfunctioned Safari with an update of iOS. This has happened earlier as well, but Apple fixed those bugs a couple of days later by simply releasing a small point release. So, there are chances that the company will launch an iOS 9.3.1 update later this week or somewhere in the first week of April in order to fix the glitch. Thus, until then iPhone, iPad, and iPod users can switch to Chrome or any other web browser they like for all their browsing needs. It seems that the iOS 9.3 update has been pretty much upsetting for Apple as the older versions of iPads are facing activation problem right after installing the update.

One support representative of Apple confirmed that the company is well aware of the problem and has assigned engineers to work on the bug fix which will be released quite soon. Though, the company hasn’t declared anything such as any official statement regarding this matter.