Today Apple released iOS 9.3.2. On the surface it appears to be a minor update and its arrival was met with little ceremony. But beware, just hours after launch, it turns out iOS 9.3.2 is hiding a very nasty surprise indeed…
Apple iOS 9.3.2 is bricking iPad Pros.
‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.
News of this first appeared on the popular MacRumors forums (something the site has followed up) before gathering momentum on Twitter where many users posted angry tweets demanding help from the official @AppleSupport account.
So what is going on? A clear pattern is emerging:
When affected devices install iOS 9.3.2 and restart users are presented with an ‘Error 56’ code which tells them to connect to iTunes. The problem is connecting to iTunes does nothing, the device is locked and forced reboots only return it the same state.
As for the error code itself, according to Apple’s code guide, Error 56 is loosely described as a “hardware issue”, which doesn’t sound like a credible explanation. (source: Forbes)