Apple Temporarily Pulls iOS 9.3 Update For Select Devices, Here’s Why

Beacuse of some iPhone and iPad users got activation errors after updating their devices to iOS 9.3, Apple took the decision to stop offering the iOS 9.3 update for older devices. We already reported about this problem with by giving you our best solution as a potential fix to help get around the problem. Now that Apple has aknowledged the issue and pulled out the iOS 9.3 update temporarily for the affected iOS device models.

Actually, the activation error occured when updating to iOS 9.3 firmware using older devices like the iPad Air and earlier and the iPhne 5s and earlier due to installation issues some user have experienced. Point to be noted, if yoy have alraedy gor iOS 9.3 working on your iPhone or iPad, don’t need to do anything at this time. As Apple has pulled the update for affected devices only and will re-release iOS 9.3 update for those devices with a fix for activation issues in place in the coming days.


Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

Posted a support document, Apple detailing the problem and offering some fixes for those stuck on activation screen following iOS 9.3 update. On older devices, iOS 9.3 IPSW file download and install requires users to input the Apple ID and password originally used to set up the device, which can utterly lead to the device becoming stuck at the Activation Lock screen if the original account information can’t be recalled.


For that, you can also try these tips to see if they help fix the problem. In case those methods don’t help, it will be best to downgrade back to iOS 9.2.1 and wait until Apple re-prelease iOS 9.3 update for your device, which is mentioned, shold arrive within the next few days.

According to some sources, Apple says it’s working on a fix and plans to issue a new version of iOS 9.3. Customers with an affected device who attempt to download iOS 9.3 during this time will not be able to install the update as Apple has stopped signing in. With steps on how to solve the issue, Apple recommends removing Activation Lock via iCloud or attempting to enter an Apple ID or password through iTunes.


We bet you got an idea by now on how to downgrade iOS 9.3 on iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.2.1 on your affected iOS devices. Make it following these guides.

(source: iMore)

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