What’s gone wrong with web links on iOS? Users on 9.3 report freezing, crashes
It’s always a good idea to keep your OS up to date, right? Making sure you’re running a platform’s latest release is the smartest way to keep yourself safe from security vulnerabilities, make sure you’ve got the latest fixes for app-breaking bugs, and getting earliest access to the latest features. But sometimes there’s a bit of a rough finish on the latest code to arrive for your smartphone or tablet, and users suffer through some unexpected missteps: we saw just such a problem with updating older iOS hardware to the new 9.3 release. Now we’re learning of another issue that’s bothering a growing number of iOS users, as the system seems to choke on handling URLs.
Users are experiencing app freezes and crashing upon clicking hyperlinks. Affected apps include Safari, Mail, and more. Reports indicate that some users may have had this issue prior to moving to iOS 9.3, but chatter is way up following the release of the new iOS update, suggesting that whatever may have been broken before is somehow now affecting a larger number of them following installation of Apple’s latest release.
It’s looking like it’s ultimately going to fall on Apple to release a patch that corrects whatever’s causing these freezes in the first place, as it may be tied to either WebKit or the iOS URL-handling system. So far, though, we haven’t seen Apple acknowledge the problem or offer a timetable for a fix.