Apple iOS version 9.3.1

Apple recently announced a version named as 9.3.1 . It came into existence after some Issues were found with the iOS 9.3 version released on March 21st, 2016. The latest upgrade was termed as “Fixes an issue that causes apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps”.

Let me give you a brief story behind this problem. Hope you are ready to listen!!

So, it all started when Apple introduced the iOS 9 version on September 2015. Out of the many new features which were introduced, one of them was called Universal Links.

Now What are Universal Links?

Universal Links allows a developer to seamlessly Integrate a website url with an Installed App and hence by passing Safari. Still don’t understand what it means?? Well let’s take a small example.

Suppose we are browsing through a website in Safari and there is a link to a Youtube Video. Now hear is the catch, read carefully.

iOS users prior to the 9th Version would click on the link in the Safari web browser which would re-direct them to the Youtube website in the Safari web browser.  With the iOS 9 upgrade, users would click on the Youtube url in the Safari web browser and instead of getting re-directed to the Youtube website in Safari, would get re-directed to the Youtube App Installed in your device, hence by-passing Safari.

This worked well for both the end users as well as the App Developers. Since the App developer can now get Increased viewership since the url would re-direct to his/her app. And the User can get an improved experience by viewing the content in the App. It was all good till now, until something really unfortunate happened.

Some App developers tried to take advantage of this situation and started adding more links which would redirect to their application. Since Apple didn’t put a limit on the number of Universal Links a developer could put. This invariably led to stability Issues with this system and consequently resulted in the browser crashes whenever a user clicks on a link. The gravity and seriousness of the problem escalated and reached it’s peak around the iOS 9.3 upgrade. That’s when Apple had to Immediately announce  a fix to the Issue with the iOS 9.3.1 upgrade just a week after the 9.3 upgrade.

How do you upgrade?

Well, in most devices capable of running iOS 9 , it would automatically appear as a Software Update. So what you would normally do is-

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Then Click on General
  3. And Click on Software Update

For folks using the later iOS versions it would be a fairly fast upgrade and won’t take more than 5 minutes to get your device up and running.

When should I upgrade?

If your device is ready to upgrade, I would advice you to do it ASAP. Since Apple has a knack to “stop signing” a version. Don’t know what it means?? Well it essentially refers to stopping a user from downgrading to a previous version. Right Now, Apple has downgraded 9.2.1. This means that 9.3 users cannot downgrade to 9.2.

As of now, if you upgrade to 9.3.1, you could Immediately downgrade to 9.3, in case you are finding Issues with the new version. But, having said that if Apple does a stop signing for the 9.3 version you would not be able to downgrade and in sense being like a man stranded in an Island and screaming for help!!





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