iOS 9 release didn’t exactly go the way Apple would have wanted it to. Soon after the update was released many users started complaining about a Web link crashing bug which would leave native apps like Safari and Mail unresponsive and even crash them completely. Apple acknowledged the bug a couple of days ago and promised that a fix will be coming soon. Today it has released iOS 9.3.1 to squash this bug once and for all.
This bug is related to Apple’s Universal Links feature that was introduced with iOS 9. The feature enables developers to link URLs with mobile apps so when users tap a link to a website it opens in the site’s mobile app instead.
The feature loses its purpose when it starts crashing apps. Users click and nothing happens, apps like Safari and Mail freeze and end up crashing, so you can imagine why people were complaining about it so much.
Fortunately, Apple has followed through with the fix and it has been quick about it. iOS 9.3.1 is rolling out now, it’s a minor update which doesn’t bring anything other than the much-needed fix for this bug. Hopefully, it will put an end to this bug once and for all.