iOS 9.3.2 bricking 9.7in iPad Pro with 'Error 56': How to fix

Some iPad Pro models are reportedly getting bricked with 'Error 56' after the new update.

Apple recently rolled out its iOS 9.3.2 update with a slew of bug-fixes and security improvements for iPhone and iPad while some iPad Pro models are reportedly getting bricked with 'Error 56' after the new update.

Although several affected users were prompted to connect the device to iTunes, such a workaround has not resolved the issue even after trying to restore the device via iTunes. Some users took to Twitter and other technology forums to complain that the new firmware bricked their tablets soon after installation.

However, if you are among the affected users who are encountering the 'Error 56' message, here is what you should do to fix it:

Double-check to ensure if the error number is listed below, which points to a hardware issue:

  • 1, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16
  • 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 56
  • 1002, 1004, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1667 1669

How to troubleshoot 'Error 56'

Here is what Apple suggests in its support document to troubleshoot the problem:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
  • Check for issues with third-party security software.
  • Make sure that your USB cable, computer, and network are reliable. Then try twice more to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
  • If you still see the error message, you can check for outdated or modified software or contact Apple support.

Some users are complaining that the 'Error 56' bug is unfixable even after attempting all possible troubleshooting steps as outlined earlier. Consequently, it is almost certain that Apple will soon be releasing a new bug-fix update for iOS 9.3.2.

The update was released for the public following four developer and public beta releases and it took almost 45 days after the iOS 9.3.1 update.

iPhone and iPad users who have already installed iOS 9.3.1 can now update the same to iOS 9.3.2 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update > Install Now.

Note: Prospective jailbreakers are advised to skip this update as there is no public jailbreak available for iOS 9.3.2 at the moment.

iOS 9.3.2 now introduces a spate of bug fixes and improvements including a fix for Bluetooth accessories, VoiceOver patch and a fix to prevent MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps.

Check out the complete changelog listing out the numerous fixes and security improvements in iOS 9.3.2:

  • 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 prevents 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