iOS 9.3

Apple releases new iOS 9.3 build for bricked iPad 2 models

iPad 2

Apple earlier today confirmed in a statement to iMore that iOS 9.3 was bricking some older devices, such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 5s.

"Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

Apple is not permanently removing Apple Pencil navigation features

Apple Pencil

The rumor that Apple intentionally removed some functionality of the Apple Pencil in iOS 9.3 is not entirely false, but it's also not permanent. Apple responded to claims that the company planned to permanently remove the Apple Pencil navigation features, which allows users to select text and scroll on their device using the stylus instead of their finger. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge they did remove the functionality in the last iOS 9.3 beta, but plan to add it back in the next release. Here's the full statement:

Apple mysteriously pulls Pencil navigation features in iOS 9.3

Apple Pencil iOS 9.3

iPad Pro users running the iOS 9.3 beta have noticed that a major feature is missing from the Apple Pencil. Originally the Apple stylus was capable of replacing a user's finger to navigate iOS. For example, the Apple Pencil could be used to select options and menus in apps, open apps, swipe between apps, select text and so on, but some of these features have been removed in the iOS 9.3 beta. The Apple Pencil is no longer capable of selecting and manipulating text or scrolling on devices running Apple's updated operating system.

New iPad education tools hints at multiple profiles for all users

iPad Education Tools

The first iOS 9.3 beta is jammed packed with more features than anyone had originally expected. Apple has introduced a new Night Shift mode, that looks a lot like the jailbreak tweak f.lux, new 3D Touch Quick Actions for stock apps, better Apple Music CarPlay integration and more. While there isn't a lot of iPad-specific features there is one major upgrade that will make most iPad owners happy.

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