Apple Addresses GSM iPad 2 Activation Bug With Revised iOS 9.3, But Broader Issue Remains Unfixed [Update: Fixed]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last night, Apple released a new build of iOS 9.3 (13E236) designed specifically for the GSM iPad 2, addressing an issue that prevented the GSM iPad 2 from accessing Apple's activation servers. After downloading iOS 9.3, some iPad 2 users received the following message: "Your iPad could not be activated because the activation service is temporarily unavailable," a problem the update aims to fix.

    There has been some confusion over the iPad 2 iOS 9.3 update, because there is a second separate activation bug affecting many older devices, including the iPad Air and earlier and the iPhone 5s and earlier.

    The second activation bug, which spurred Apple to stop signing iOS 9.3 for multiple products yesterday, prevents older device owners from activating their iPhones and iPads if they can't remember the Apple ID and password originally used to set up the device.

    While the iPad 2 iOS 9.3 update fixes the first activation issue, it does not address the second activation bug that affects many more devices. Apple has not resumed signing iOS 9.3 for older devices, so many customers who have an iPad Air or earlier, iPad mini 2 or earlier, or iPhone 5s or earlier are not able to download and install iOS 9.3 if they have not done so already.

    Apple has said it is working on a fix for the second activation issue, which will be released in the form of a new update to iOS 9.3 in the next few days. Until that time, customers who have an older device will need to remain on iOS 9.2.1.

    Update: Apple has released an updated build of iOS 9.3 for all users affected by the bug. The latest update has the build number 13E5237 and should fix the iOS activation lock problem on older devices.

    Article Link: Apple Addresses GSM iPad 2 Activation Bug With Revised iOS 9.3, But Broader Issue Remains Unfixed [Update: Fixed]
  2. macfacts macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2012
    What is the purpose of ios activation? Is it just asking Apple for permission to use our devices?
  3. iapplelove Contributor


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    The iPad 2 is officially dead, officially. Long live the best selling tablet ever.
  4. Crosscreek macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Apple feels 5 year old iPad 2 should upgrade to iPad Pro . it's sad. lol
  5. SgtPepper23 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    How about the "bug" that kills the 4G/LTE on Sprint 6s phones? I've been using Sprint's horrid 3G for the past week, and it's insane!
  6. macduke macrumors 603


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    So people noticed and installed a fix for their iPad 2 which didn't actually fix the other bug? How could they do that when the article states that iPad Air and earlier devices are not being allowed to download/sign with their servers, and that this was done before the iPad 2 fix was released? I'm confused.
  7. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Just to verify that the phone isn't locked with activation lock (you know when you lose your device and lock it with Find My iPhone?)

    Just for security purposes.
  8. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    Wow, the iPad 2 still runs iOS 9. It'll always have a special place in my heart, but I upgraded to the iPad Air 2 about 18 months ago and I couldn't be happier.
  9. Mac 128 macrumors 68040

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Imagine how that kind in China who sold his kidney for one feels now.
  10. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
  11. coolfactor macrumors 68030

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    The iPad 2 was a unique device. Major leap forward in terms of performance over the first generation, and the competition could not match, at the time.
  12. MacDevil7334 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    So we had the 8.0.1 update that completely killed cellular functionality for people who had just bought the iPhone 6 (myself included), the 9.2 update that bricked iPhones with replaced Touch ID sensors, and now the 9.3 update that potentially locks up devices in two separate ways (though one has been fixed). What is going on with Apple's software quality control? It has gone absolutely down the toilet since they fired Forstall. Prior to version 7, iOS certainly had bugs. However, they were almost always minor, required usually no more than one .x release to fix, and were never show-stopping like some of these ones we have seen over the past few years. The craziest thing is that iOS 9 has had a public beta program for each 9.x version and has still managed to have several of these large bugs. It used to be that I would install the latest iOS update the moment it came out. Now, I wait at least a few days to make sure it's not going to brick my phone.

    Sad that Apple has let things get this bad.
  13. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    His job as CEO was not to write code.
    But you knew that.
    His job was to make sure that something like the last five years
    of wretched hardware and software disasters didn't happen.
    Apple's incompetence of late is just stunning.
  14. nt5672 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2007
    Unfortunately, Apple has this habit of making last minute changes that don't seem all that fantastic, but to Apple they can't let them out in the wild until the big marketing splash. The final release always contains code that has never seen beta.
  15. mi7chy Suspended

    Oct 24, 2014
    It's more profitable to outsource the beta testing to customers.
  16. mattburley7 macrumors 68020

    Oct 13, 2011
    im guessing this will all be fixed in a iOS 9.3.1 update?
  17. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Apple: We're so concerned about your privacy that WE can't even keep track of what's going on.
  18. TMRJIJ macrumors 68000


    Feb 22, 2014
    South Carolina, United States
    Please Apple, let this iPad 2 die with dignity.
  19. TMRJIJ macrumors 68000


    Feb 22, 2014
    South Carolina, United States
    He failed with iOS 2, OS X Leopard, OS X 10.6.2-10.6.7 Snow Leopard, iPhone 4, ...
  20. morcutt11 macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2015
    This seems like a fairly large screw up for an OS that was tested so extensively. Apple needs to do some serious internal analysis as to how this happened.
  21. pika2000 macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2007
    "prevents older device owners from activating their iPhones and iPads if they can't remember the Apple ID and password originally used to set up the device."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the same security feature that we have already, to discourage theft?
  22. Danilo - Italy macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2014
    This is the point. I saw in the last two IOS many little problems. It seem to me that the attention at the details went down in Apple. But if you want sell products at a premium price because are Apple products you must pay very attention at the details and quality.
  23. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2009
    Having none of these problems with my iPad2, however I will say that the apple ID system is at times enough to make you crazy.
    An iTunes apple id when you have to buy there. An apple id for apps and if you had .mac or .me or a personal and business apple id good luck. Changed your e-mail address, not so fast young user!

    There is no option I have seen to be able to clean this up. I many times have to log in and out of an id to make my apps work.

    Or, annoyingly have to keep clicking on not now when it keeps asking me to log in (with an account which never gets recognized any more)
  24. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    Agree. The iPad 2 and iPhone 4 were both legendary devices within their line in that they both a major leap over their predecessors and were tremendously popular for a long time.

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