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iPhone freezing up after tapping on links? The latest update will fix it

The bug was found in the latest update to iOS, version 9.3, and caused iPhones to freeze after clicking on app links.

APPLE HAS PUSHED out an update that will fix a bug which freezes phones after they clicked on links within Safari and Mail.

iOS 9.3 was released last week as part of the announcement of the iPhone SE and smaller iPad Pro, but some users noticed problems with the software shortly after updating.

The new update iOS 9.3.1 can be found by either going into Settings > General > Software Updates or by connecting it to your PC or Mac and updating via iTunes. The only bug fix is the one mentioned above.

IMG_1418 Source: iOS

The issue was said to be caused by third-party apps and the way they handle URLs within Apple’s Universal Links system.

According to The Guardian, the system which allows apps to claim certain URLs and open the app instead of a browser was overloaded due to some apps incorrectly formatting the URL list. This would send it into a constant loop, and freeze the phone.

Last week, it announced the arrival of the iPhone SE, a 4-inch device with most of the hardware found in the 6s, and a smaller iPad Pro, designed to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop users.

Included in that announcement was the arrival of iOS 9.3 which included a few new features like Night Shift, which changes the screen colour temperature from blue to orange, and keeping notes secure using Touch ID.

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