Apple has released iOS 11.3.1, which includes what the tech giant says is a fix for an issue where people who used third-party repair services to replace their displays had their devices become unresponsive.According to release notes, "iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays". Variants of this issue have apparently been floating around for quite some time - in 2017, an iOS update temporarily killed touchscreen functionality for some iPhone 7 users, and earlier this year, iOS 11.3 did the same with iPhone 8 models.

Retailers and customers alike suspected that Apple was deliberately letting the issue and other malfunctions that arose from replacing other components go unresolved in some sort of ploy to pressure customers into paying for officially licensed repair services that are more expensive.

"It's very easy to go down the rabbit hole of thinking that Apple is trying to make it JUST inconvenient enough to even consider third-party repair a reliable option," RepairMapr founder Kev Notton wrote to Motherboard. "That terrifies me, because they're the manufacturer. Ultimately, they hold all the cards."

It's possible that some users indeed were forced to shell out a fair chunk of change to Apple for official repairs, in which case they might justifiably be angry that this was an issue that could be resolved with an update.

iOS 11 was notoriously buggy after its release, and Apple has devoted so much effort to bug-fixing that this year's iOS 12 update will reportedly have fewer new features.

Other changes in the 11.3.1 update fix security vulnerabilities that allowed applications to gain "elevated privileges", as well as one in which "processing maliciously crafted text message may lead to UI spoofing," per Ars Technica.