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Everything You Need To Know About The New iOS 9.3

On March 21, 2016, Apple finally released the new iOS 9.3 update for everyone to download and install. Beta versions of this update first rolled out in January but it was only in March when Apple officially released it to the general public. This update does not really come with any significant interface updates but it has new functionalities such as the Night Shift which enables users to shift to warm colored tones so that viewing the iPhone would be easier on the eyes at night. Is this feature enough for you to update to the latest iOS?


Unlike the past iOS updates, the 9.3 can be downloaded by a vast number of Apple platforms. This includes the iPhone 4s and late, the iPod touch 5th generation and onwards, the iPad 2 onwards and the iPad mini 1st generation and onwards. To begin the update, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Even though this update can be downloaded by more Apple users, not all features can be utilized by all especially the new Night Shift functionality. This feature can only be enjoyed by the following: iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the iPod touch (6th generation).

Common Problems

Like all of the previous iOS releases, the 9.3 comes with a few kinks. Usually, Apple’s answer to these bugs is another system update but that could take weeks. Here are a few common reported problems with the new iOS 9.3 and how to fix it.
No iOS 9.3 Update Available

If your Apple gadget is compatible with the new iOS 9.3 update and you still do not see an option to update your iOS, the next best thing is to try to update via iTunes on your Mac or PC. Ensure that your computer has the latest iTunes installed. Connect your Apple device to the computer. Once connected, select Summary then Check for Update. The iOS 9.3 update should appear, prompting you to update.

Reduced Battery Life

If you are an Apple device user especially the iPhone, you’d know that the battery is not its strongest suit. Apple devices are known to have a short battery life and this iOS 9.3 update does not address that problem. Infact, it makes things worse. Users have complained that since updating their phone to the 9.3, their battery life has significantly reduced.
According to experts from forums that discuss this problem, a quick fix would be to do a reset once a week until Apple releases a new software update that will address this problem.

Touchscreen Issues  

Many users are experiencing touchscreen issues since updating to iOS 9.3. Some have reported that their touchscreen would not respond or apps would freeze without you being able to prompt swipes or touches to exit the app. To fix this, hold down the home button and the power button until you see the apple logo. Users suggest to do this three times in a row to avoid the issue from coming back.

Why You Should or Shouldn’t Install

So after everything we’ve discussed regarding the new iOS 9.3 update, the question remains, should you update or not?
  • Install if you frequently use your phone at night and if you think you’ll benefit from the new Night Shift function
  • Install if you've already downloaded the 9.3 beta from a few months ago since the official 9.3 download fixes all the bugs from the beta testing release last January
  • Don’t install if your device is jailbroken because if you do so, this will restore your phone to its factory settings since there is no available jailbreak release for iOS 9.3

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