Elizabeth Entenman
Updated Mar 28, 2016 @ 3:40 pm
Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re anything like us, the second Apple releases an iOS update, you’re tempted to install it on your iPhone or iPad ASAP. It’s so hard not to! The new iOS 9.3 has some cool enhancements and new features. Like, for example, Night Shift, a new feature that adjusts the warmth of your device’s screen, reducing the amount of blue light it emits. The new version also allows you to protect the Notes app with password or Touch ID.

If you’re an iPhone user, you’re no stranger to update bugs, and it looks as if last week’s release of iOS 9.3 may include a major hiccup. If you’re a Safari user, might want to hold off on updating your software until this major problem is fixed. A ton of complaints just hit Apple’s support forums, saying the update prevents users from clicking on and opening web links in Safari via both the Messages and the Mail apps. For some, tapping a link even causes the app to freeze and crash entirely. Take a look at the message board topics, many of which reference 9.3:


The problem seems to be affecting both iPhone and iPad users, and people are not happy about it. Here, one user posts in Apple’s iPhone support forum that “my phone freezes 20+ times per day” after the update. Eek.


Experiences vary slightly from person to person — some users say the problem only happens when opening a link in a new tab, others say that disabling javascript helps — but enough people are affected that this is a pretty big problem. So, for now, you might want to hold off on installing the update. Hopefully Apple will have a fix soon.