Apple Releases New Build of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 to Fix Activation Issue

As we had reported earlier, Apple has temporarily pulled the iOS 9.3 update for older iOS devices to prevent users from bricking their devices after installing the iOS 9.3 update. Apple has just released a new build of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2. The new build number of iOS 9.3 update for iPad 2 is 13E236. The previous build number was 13E233 (13E234 for iPhone,13E233 for iPod touch).

The following devices don't support the new build of iOS 9.3:
  • iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini 2
  • iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s
  • iPod touch 5G
If you haven’t installed the iOS 9.3 update then you should get the new build when you navigate to General > Software Update in the Settings app or when you update your device using iTunes.

Apple has issued the following statement on the issue:
Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.

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