An iOS 9.3 bug is crashing iPhones when links are clicked

iOS 9.3

Before the iOS 9.3 final release was made available it was put through seven rounds of beta testing. Apparently a big issue involving link clicking was missed during those tests.

Users on Apple’s support forums are reporting an annoying bug that is affecting their devices. When clicking on links in Safari, Chrome, Mail, Messages, Notes and other apps, the app freezes and crashes.

The issue appears to be related to Universal Links. Introduced in iOS 9, Universal Links are a new way to handle links in native apps.

For example, YouTube can register domain names to open web links directly into an app, therefore bypassing Safari.

That’s why when you click on a youtube.com/somethingsomething link, iOS opens the YouTube app instead of loading a web page in Safari.

Sergey Roshchin published a video that demonstrates the bug.

Apple doesn’t typically respond to these type of mistakes, instead choosing to work quickly to fix bugs with a new update that addresses any fixes that are needed based on user feedback.

In other words, if you are experiencing this issue, it’s just a matter of time before a fix is made available. Keep an eye out for an update in your iOS settings or via a push notification.