Apple acknowledges iOS 9 crashing bugs when tapping links, fix coming ‘soon’ with a software update
This is another article about the bug discovered on iOS 9.3. Apparently, it would have also been a bug on the previous iOS 9 versions as it doesn’t have to do anything with the iOS but with apps that register too many links for the “Universal Links” feature. One app spotted is booking.com. They released an update just before the Apple Event and the availability of iOS 9.3. This one caused the bug. Now, they’ve released a new version. So, the current fix for booking.com is to uninstall and reinstall it. However, it could still take a while until the links work again (see article below). Also, other apps might cause the issue too. It is not known yet what apps specifically trigger the bug. On my iPhone, I have issues. On my iPad mini 4, everything is fine – no booking.com installed, though. I was running the iOS 9.3 betas on my iPad mini – no issues. I conclude, either we figure out all apps that cause the issue and uninstall them, or the app vendors release updates, or we get a fix from Apple that treats the high number of registered links differently. Apple said, a fix would be released soon.
Since posting our original story, we have heard from a lot of readers that are affected by iOS 9 crashes or app hangs when tapping links, spanning multiple iOS versions (not just 9.3) and devices. In a statement, Apple has now confirmed that they are working on a fix for the problem, coming in a software update (presumably iOS 9.3.1).
“We are aware of this issue, and we will release a fix in a software update soon.”
A temporary workaround is still unknown, although community investigations have revealed why the bug has arisen. It is based on what apps the user has installed and how those apps handle universal links.
Previously, we pinpointed Bookings.com as a cause of the bug, although noting it affects other apps as well. On Twitter, it was found that their website association file, used by the system for the universal links feature introduced with iOS 9, was many megabytes, grossly oversized. This would essentially overload…
Read the entire article from 9to5Mac here: Apple acknowledges iOS 9 crashing bugs when tapping links, fix coming ‘soon’ with a software update