Apple iOS 9.3.2 Update: Is It Worth the Risk?
Apple's newest update has some advantages for iOS 9 users, but should they dive in or wait until the next release before they take the plunge?
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Apple has released their newest update for iOS 9 this week. It's supposed to fix several problems ranging from Bluetooth audio pairing issues to MDM servers being prevented from installing custom B2B apps. But once users started installing the update, some of them were in for a nasty surprise—bricked devices. It doesn’t really matter if your device has its audio quality fixed if it won’t turn on.
What Fixes Come With 9.3.2?
- Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE
- Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail
- Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages
- Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces
- Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps
The fixes themselves are working properly on devices unaffected by the bug in the update. This leads us to ask if updating is worth the risk since it could possibly brick your machine.
Don’t Do It!
Although the fixes are needed, it is never worth risking your device for the latest update. A little bit of patience exercised in this instance may save the life of your device. It might sound appealing to get your audio issues fixed, but in due time another patch will come out that (hopefully) will not brick your device.
However, according to Forbes, you may be in the clear if you have an iPhone SE. There have yet to be any reports of bricked SE devices thus far. Though, personally, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
Also, another deal breaker for some may be the inability to jailbreak the newest version. Apple has stayed on top of their game and made sure that users cannot exploit their devices running higher than 9.1. If your device is jailbroken, or you want to jailbreak it, you will have to hang back for now.
There is never a good time for buggy updates, but it’s definitely not so great for Apple with WWDC coming next month. We all may be on the edge of our seats waiting for iOS 10 or iPhone 7 announcements, but if your device is bricked you won’t be reading about them any time soon.
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