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Apple issues new build of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 that fixes activation issues

After pulling the original iOS 9.3 update for older iPhones and iPads, Apple has released a new build of the operating system for one of the affected devices, the iPad 2. This new build, 13E236, is for older devices only, and iPhones and iPads that successfully installed the update earlier this week don't need to update to this new build.

Apple originally paused the update to iOS 9.3 for older devices after several owners of such devices had trouble activating them after the original update. Note that if you've experienced activation issues, you'll need to install the update through iTunes.

How to download iOS 9.3 on your iPhone or iPad

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

10 Comments
  • Seems like it's still paused. When I plug my older iPad into iTunes to update it says 9.2.1 is the current version.
  • How about issuing one for us, French, Dutch and many others "non US" language users, for a Siri that has stopped giving feedbacks since 9.3
  • I have an iPad Air 1 and it can't even retrieve the new update. Still says 9.2.1 is up to date. Sent from the iMore App
  • I had no issues doing a clean install of 9.3 on my antiquated ipad2 before the so called activation issues.
  • So sad that the night shift feature on ios 9.3 only available on 64 bit devices . Im using iphone 5c 16 gb and should i upgrade to a new iphone or just stay on this phone ?
  • Keep your device.
  • Keep your phone, Night mode is but not worth selling or buying a device for. It's just great to have if you happen to have it.
  • Sleep deprivation specialists have already come forward to say that f.lux / night shift provide placebo type results. The value is not truly there.
  • Nothing still ain't showing for my iPhone 5s. It's saying i have the latest version, 9.2.1.
  • Seriously, all A5 devices like the iPad 2 and 4s should have been left out of iOS 9 altogether. Sent from the iMore App