iOS 9.3.4 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know
To address lingering iOS 9 problems, Apple’s pushed a series of iOS 9 upgrades including the recent iOS 9.3.3 update and the new iOS 9.3.4 release for all devices capable of running the company’s iOS 9 operating system.
iOS 9.3.4 is focused on one big security update but like its predecessor, its also brought a collection of problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners.
Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 9.3.4 problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know about them ahead of the next iOS update.
This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 9.3.4 problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, how to downgrade to an older version of iOS 9.3, and a look at how long you might have to wait for the next update from Apple.
iOS 9.3.4 Problems
iOS 9.3.4 is a small update for iOS 9 users with a short list of bug fixes and patches for problems and exploits. It’s much bigger (thanks to iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3.2, and iOS 9.3.3) if you’re coming from iOS 9.2.1 or older.
While the iOS 9.3.4 update is working fine for some users, others are already running into trouble after download
ing and installing Apple’s latest upgrade.
iOS 9.3.4 users are complaining about issues with Bluetooth, battery life, random reboots (we’ve already seen one on the iPhone 6s), Wi-Fi, problems with Apple Music, issues with Touch ID, problems syncing photo albums, installation issues, and more.
@SCsupport its happening every time and its annoying. pls fix this bug
iPhone 5s, iOS 9.3.4
— Armen (@sn1ffer) August 4, 2016
@AppleSupport OK, I know installing a new IOS can cause battery drain, but going to 9.3.4 has made my problem even worse. Literally watching
— Bill Begley (@MrBSquared) August 5, 2016
@AppleSupport hi. I updated my iPhone 5S to iOS 9.3.4 and now battery is fading too quick, even with the phone on airplane Mode
— Marcone (@itsMarcone) August 7, 2016
I'm currently running iOS 9.3.4
The issues is I continue to get kicked off wifi
Only few minutes after logging into it.
— Lucifer R Crossman. (@Rafiki19xx) August 7, 2016
@AppleSupport hi I have a 6plus and I have reset and rebooted everything my Bluetooth is still grayed out. Have iOS 9.3.4 please help!
— Matthew Sanderson (@WithThese2Hands) August 7, 2016
We expect complaints to continue as more people discover the iOS 9.3.4 update lurking on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
This is precisely why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for iOS 9.3.4. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing problems.
Make sure to keep an eye out for iOS 9.3.4 problems, particularly if you’re moving to the update on an older device. Older devices have a tendency to act up after new software is installed.
Where to Find Feedback About iOS 9.3.4
It’s important for everyone, those who have already upgraded to iOS 9.3.4 and those who haven’t, to keep an eye on feedback about the update’s performance.
As we push deeper into the summer, you’ll want to dig for feedback about performance on your device, particularly if you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.2.1 and/or using an older device like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s.
So where will you find this feedback about iOS 9.3.4 performance and potential problems? Well, you can start here.
We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 9.3.3/iOS 9.3.4 update right now. If you’re on the fence, start there.
We’ve also started putting together our impressions of the iOS 9.3.4 update and we’ll let you know when we have the rest up.
If those aren’t enough, we recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the iOS 9.3.4 update.
This feedback will alert you to potential issues and also, potential benefits.
How to Fix iOS 9.3.4 Problems
If you’ve run into an iOS 9.3.4 problem on your device, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance there’s a fix out there for your issue.
If an iOS 9 problem problem pops up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, start with our list of fixes for common iOS 9 issues.
Our list features fixes for the most common iOS 9 problems including abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and problems with Bluetooth.
If you run into iOS 9.3.4 activation problems you’ll want to consult Apple’s support document because it comes with a potential fix.
If you can’t find a fix there, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more. There, you’ll find a library of fixes and a helpful community that can and will point you in the right direction.
If you can’t find a fix online, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.
You Can Downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.3
Apple is still signing off on the iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3 updates which means you can still drop back down to iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.3 from iOS 9.3.4.
This is an option if you decide that iOS 9.3.4’s performance isn’t to your liking. Of course, there’s no telling how iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.3 will perform once you drop down.
If you’re curious about the process, take a look at our iOS 9 downgrade walkthrough. It’ll get you back down to another version in no time.
Those of you running into iOS 9.3.4 problems are on your own. For now.
We aren’t sure when Apple’s next iOS update will roll out. Nothing is confirmed but iOS 9.3.4 could be the last iOS 9 update Apple pushes out to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
If that’s true, you could be waiting until September for the next batch of bug fixes.
Apple’s iOS 10 update is confirmed and it will be rolling out sometime this fall. You can try out iOS 10 right now though thanks to a beta for developers and the general public.
Before you move from iOS 9.3.4 to iOS 10 beta, note that iOS 10 beta is an early version of the software and it’s riddled with bugs. It’s not a good alternative to iOS 9.3.4.
We’ll keep you posted on Apple’s future plans for iOS 9.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 9.3.4 & 5 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 9.3.4 If You Want to Improve Security1 / 9
The iOS 9.3.4 update comes with a single security update that plugs up the exploit used by the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. If you aren’t interested in jailbreaking your phone or tablet, this fix makes the iOS 9.3.4 update worth it.
If you failed to make the move to Apple’s iOS 9.3.3 update, you’ll also get iOS 9.3.3’s security patches with iOS 9.3.4.
The iOS 9.3.3 update brings several patches for potential security risks and these are going to be important if you store sensitive data on your device.
Apple’s website lists 26 patches for potential security issues. This is a huge number, particularly for an update of this size.
If you skipped the iOS 9.3.2 update, iOS 9.3.1 update or iOS 9.3 update, you’ll get a lot more than 27 security patches.
If you value your security and privacy, you’ll want to think about installing the iOS 9.3.4 update on your device(s) today.