iOS 9.3: Here’s what’s breaking hyperlinks for iPhone and iPad users

If you’ve been having trouble opening links in the Safari, Messages, and Mail apps since installing iOS 9.3, rest assured you’re not alone. Numerous son have summer job on Apple’s support forum by frustrated iPhone and iPad users complaining about the issue.

Some users claim that clicking on hyperlinks does nothing, while others say that it causes Safari browser to crash.

The problem is caused by a new feature called Universal Links which allows web developers to open certain links in their application rather than directing them directly to the browser. This feature was first rolled out in iOS 9, but it seems that some apps – such as Bookings.com and the Wikipedia app – have added too many links to an app’s Universal Links association file, which, in turn broke. hyperlinks in iOS 9.3 (and, according to some reports, iOS 9.2.1).

Mobile specialist Ben Collier explains What is going on:

“App developers place an app association file on their website that lists the types of URLs the app can open. When you install an app, iOS downloads this associated file and updates your own database of URLs your installed apps can open.

“There appears to be a bug in iOS that completely breaks universal links if it receives an app association file that is too large.”

Bookings.com has since fixed its app. The problem is that repairing the app does not fix the problem for those affected. Necklace also has describes a possible solution for those affectedbut a proper solution will have to come from Apple.

Fortunately, an official patch is in the works.

An Apple spokesperson said the company is “aware of this issue” and “will release a fix in a software update soon.”

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