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iOS 9.3.4 Bug Fix

Posted on August 17, 2016

iOS 9 has received yet another update – this one designed to tackle recently discovered security flaws – CNET reports. This marks the fourth update to iOS 9.3 (which was released in March). It is also speculated to be the last update to iOS 9.3, as iOS 10 is slated to be released next month. You may be thinking, “what gives?” as this update was released suddenly, and without the numerous rounds of beta testing and public review that iOS 9.3.3, entailed. Interestingly, this update is also devoid of significant new software updates, being described by Apple as a purely security-focused update.

Apple’s official support page gives an overview of the update and its security content. It also specifically lists Team Pangu, the group responsible for the most recent iOS jailbreak tool. This bolsters rumors that the update was created specifically to address the memory vulnerability that Team Pangu exploited to create the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. It’s well known that Apple isn’t too fond of jailbreaking, so the revelation comes as little surprise. It does, however, mark the first time that Apple has released an update solely for this purpose (and called out the culprits simultaneously).

The update can be obtained in the usual manner. Use your device to open Settings > General > Software Update, then proceed with installing the revamped software. The download ranges between 20MB-30MB, depending on your device, and is available for iPhone 4S / iPad 2 / iPod Touch 5th Gen and later. So, should you go for it?

Not if you want to continue using your jailbroken device. As stated, the update was specifically designed to patch the Pangu jailbreak. If you’re a straight shooter who doesn’t run a jailbroken device, you should be good to go (more on that in a moment). If you don’t want to upgrade, though, you are in luck. A tweak designed to prevent the update from auto-installing is available. After downloading the “mikoto tweak,” users can then go to their preferences and engage a Software Update Disabler option to halt the installation of the iOS 9.3.4 update.

Apparently, the update hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. Users who have updated to iOS 9.3.4, have reported some issues. Problems with Bluetooth, battery life, unexpected rebooting of the device, Wi-Fi, TouchID, etc. As is to be expected, these users have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration. For their part, Apple has been responding fairly to complaints. Let’s hope they can get all of the bugs worked out and get cracking on releasing iOS 10 with minimal fuss!

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