iOS 9.3.2 Release Notes
The release notes accompanying the download are brief:
• Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE
• Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail
• Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages
• Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces
• Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps
How to update iPhone / iPad to iOS 9.3.2. – Direct Method
The simplest way to update to iOS 9.3.2 is through the OTA mechanism on the device in question.
- Back up the device before beginning, either to iTunes or to iCloud
- Open the “Settings” app and go to “Software Update”
- Tap on “Download and Install” when iOS 9.3.2 appears
Update Via IPSW Download Links
For users who prefer to update their iOS devices manually by using IPSW files in iTunes, you can download the appropriate firmware file for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the list below. Right-click and choose “Save As” and be sure the file includes the .ipsw file extension so that it can be recognized by iTunes.
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Separately, Apple has also released tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV, watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch, and OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan for Mac users.
How to use IPSW Files
- Connect your iPhone or iOS device to your computer
- Select the device in iTunes
- On a Mac, hold down the “Option” key and then click on “Update”
- On a Windows PC, hold down “SHIFT” key and then click on “Update”
- Select the IPSW file you downloaded and click “Choose”
- Let the iOS device update as usual
Disadvantage of IPSW
IPSW route can take longer to update than using the newer OTA (over the air) method, the reason being that OTA uses smaller delta updates than the larger IPSW files, which are the full sized downloads and are often literally 10x the download size.
Advantage of using IPSW Files
This method is used by the users whose iPhones are bricked / Jailbroken.
Rarely, firmware files are required to restore a malfunctioning iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that is basically bricked, but still functional. This is somewhat rare, but if an iOS update is interrupted it can happen, which usually requires a device be placed into DFU mode and restored manually with firmware. Typically a normal iTunes based restore is sufficient, which is why that is fairly rare.
Finally, there are some cases where IPSW is necessary to create custom configured firmware for future restores. This typically ties in with the “Restore” method of updating, which allows the use of custom IPSW files, and is generally something created with a third party application like PwnageTool or sn0wbreeze. This is almost exclusively relevant to those who jailbreak and unlock their hardware though, and for the average user the standard IPSW files available from Apple work just fine.