Apple Releases New Version of iOS 9.3 (13E237) for Older iOS Devices to Fix Activation Lock Bug

Shortly after releasing the new iOS 9.3 firmware, Apple was forced to stop signing the update following numerous complaints from owners of older iPhones and iPads, such as the original iPad Air and the iPhone 5s and older, that it was bricking their devices.

And now Apple has released yet another, updated version of iOS 9.3 specifically for older devices that were affected by the activation bug that wouldn’t allow those devices to install the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system. While the software is still version iOS 9.3, the software build number has been updated to build 13E237, and it’s available now.

The update is available as a standard over-the-air (OTA) release, or through iTunes if you connect your device directly.

With the first release of iOS 9.3, older iOS devices were required to input the associated Apple ID and password that was used when first setting up the device. If that process was hung up in any way, or the information could not be recalled, the process would stall out, leaving the device incapable of upgrading and inaccessible. Apple was forced to stop signing the release of iOS 9.3 for several specific older devices. The iPad 2 was the first to get a re-released version of the software, due to a separate activation bug.

For devices that are stuck on the activation lock screen, you’ll need to launch into DFU Mode, and connect your iOS devices directly to the computer and install the new software via iTunes.

Due to a bug in iOS 9.3’s Activation Lock, users were required to provide credentials for an Apple ID they had used to originally set up their device with. As a result, those who couldn’t recall that information were left with a bricked device.


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