Report: iOS 9.3 Hyperlink Bug Crashes Apps

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Still working out the kinks, Apple's latest mobile OS update is reportedly disrupting certain apps that launch Web links.

The iOS 9.3 system stability issues appear to plague Safari, Mail, and Messages, as well as third-party browsers like Google Chrome.

A user with the handle "Agathorn" on Friday posted in Cupertino's online support forum, complaining that they can "no longer click on search links from Google." The problem, they said, persisted even after restarting the affected apps and rebooting the iPhone 6. Alternatively, long-pressing the link to open it in a new tab seemed to work.

Some found turning off JavaScript helps, while others insist that nothing can be done until Apple releases an official fix.

Via a published conversation with support staff over the weekend,user "JohnUKDevon" revealed that Cupertino is aware of the complication.

"Apple is working extremely hard to release an update to resolve this issue," the company said. Without revealing any further details, the message promised that "this is Apple's No. 1 priority at this time," and a fix should be available "very soon."

iDevice owners running slightly older OSes, including 9.2, are suffering the same headaches, according to the forum.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Cupertino's latest mobile system, released last week, patches a bug that allowed attackers to decrypt photos and videos sent via iMessage on iOS 8 or earlier. But, like many iterations of software, the program also came with a few hitches.

"I'm trying to remember the number of times I've told folks not to immediately upgrade to the new release," user "nameisunique" wrote in a comment. "Should have been a little more suspect of a new release that's timed with a somewhat big announcement by Apple."

While this news will surely discourage some lingering iOS 9.2 users, PCMag offers a simple guide for those looking to upgrade to iOS 9.3.

Also check out our review of the mobile operating system, and the slideshow above.

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