iOS 9.3: Why Apple update is stopping iPhone and iPad users clicking on links
The new iPhone update is leaving many people unable to click on links because of a problem with Apple’s software.
Thousands of people are reporting that, after downloading iOS 9.3, they are unable to actually follow links to where they point. Some report that they simply do nothing, while others have said that clicking on them causes apps and their phone’s software to break.
The problem appears to be related to the way that different apps make use of Apple’s universal links feature, which was introduced in iOS 9. That feature lets developers tell links to go to their app rather than to their website — clicking on a link to Wikipedia with its app installed will open the article in there, for instance.
But it appears that some apps that make heavy use of that feature — including Wikipedia itself, and others like Booking.com — are causing problems for the software. Some apps appear to have registered too many domains for the system to handle and are causing it to have issues.
The problem comes back again when iOS 9.3 is downloaded because when each time an update is installed the device reprocesses all of the domains that are supposed to be sent to apps rather than to the web. Because there are so many of them, the phone has trouble coping and that appears to lead the apps to crash.
An Apple spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue, and we will release a fix in a software update soon.”
Independent News Service