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iOS 7 Download Updates: 7.0.3 Ready for Release, Report Says

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Oct, 01, 2013, 04:52 PM
iOS 7.1.1.
(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) The iOS 7.1.1 update has fixed battery life concerns and improved Touch ID accuracy, though it also features an email encryption bug and pass code issue, according to reports.

Apple unveiled iOS 7.0.2 just last week, but the tech giant is apparently readying the release of the next iOS 7 iteration, 7.0.3, for download, according to blog site Boy Genius Report.

Citing unidentified sources, the report claims Apple has already offered up iOS 7.0.3 to employees and partners for final testing. While the launch date is not set in stone, the BGR article says to expect the download sometime next week.

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According to CNET, the update may help fix some more bugs:

"A YouTube video posted on Sunday purports to show someone gaining access to the keypad on an iPhone running iOS 7.0.2 by tapping into the emergency call feature. Some iOS 7 users have also reported trouble sending or receiving SMS messages via iMessage, a problem that persists in version 7.0.2, according to AppleInsider."

iOS 7.0.1 has already been released for the iPhone 5S and 5C, followed by iOS 7.0.2, which is available for all iOS 7 devices.

After updating to Apple's new OS, iOS 7, users have reported feeling physically ill due to navigation animations, according to multiple reports.

Seasick users have headed over to Apple forums to complain about iOS 7's unintended consequences. The zooming in and out of animations and the fake 3D parallax effect, which shifts the icons and apps with the movement of the device, have contributed to the ill feelings toward Apple, as the features have caused some to feel dizzy, causing motion sickness and headaches.

"I thought I was going crazy today after I updated my phone and I noticed I was feeling queasy every time I used it. Now I see I am not alone! I just used my phone for about 20 minutes and now I feel like I'm going to vomit. There has to be a way to turn this off!"

"I have same problem. Zoom is just one unpleasant issue with OS7. Visually it is too bright and hard on the eyes. I like the functionality but the whole look is just jarring."

"I think another reason that it is making me uncomfortable is because there is so much white space on some built in apps like safari, calendar, mail. There is also a lack of consistency between the brightness of apps - eg the Spotlight keyboard is a pleasant gray shade, but switch to safari and up zooms a bright white keyboard. I'm finding that it is just not a pleasurable visual experience."

"Im having the same issues with dizziness from the animations. I reverted back to iOS 6.1.4 on my iPhone5. I love the new iOS7 design but the side effects of feeling sick made it a deal breaker."

"+1 for dizziness and nausea here, too. Called support earlier today and they told me it couldn't be turned off - the rep I spoke with was very pleasant, but didn't get anywhere with it. A "Classic Animations" option would be fantastic!"

You will not be able to turn off the update's zooming feature, but you can turn off the parallax effect: Go to > Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

While some of you may have already played around with iOS 7 enough to figure this out, for those who don't know, there's also way to hide a folder within another folder in Apple's new OS.

Here's how to take advantage of the feature. (NOTE: Timing is important for this to work correctly)

1.) Start with two folders on the same home screen.

2.) Tap on and hold the folder you wish to hide and immediately double-click the device's home button.

3.) Now, the icons should vibrating. Head back to the home screen with the folders (you can press the home button again or tap on the card for it) and view the folders.

NOTE: The folder you are going to hide should be bigger than other folders and gray in color. If it's not, repeat the previous steps until you get it right.

4.) With the icons still vibrating, open the folder you want to place the unused apps folder in. The to-be-hidden folder will stay in place. Press the home button and there you go! The unwanted folder is now hidden within a folder, but still accessible.

If you're not one of the 200 million with an Apple device who has already done so, authorities want you to download the iOS 7 update.

It may seem like an interesting request, but police say that anyone who can download the new operating system update from Apple should do so for a new feature, Activation Lock, that requires anyone with access to your iPhone to enter your Apple ID and password before they can use the "Find my iPhone" feature.

The update, along with the new fingerprint sensor tech available in the iPhone 5C and 5S, makes it difficult for anyone who doesn't have rightful access to your device to steal it. The iOS 7 update is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S, along with the iPad Mini, iPad 2, 3 and 4, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

Apple has also announced in a Monday press release that the company has sold a record 9 million new iPhone 5S and 5C models in its opening weekend, and that 200 million users have downloaded the iOS 7 update since it was released to the public.

The press release adds, "Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks." It's not clear whether the sales figure includes those devices that will be shipped later, but perhaps not, since "sold" probably means that a credit card was charged.

"The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible," the press release quotes Tim Cook as saying, "and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."

iOS 7 passcode issue

The new passcode lock screen on iOS 7 reportedly suffers from a bug that will allow anyone with direct access to a user's phone to get into their e-mail and other private information. According to CNET, the feature is very easy to exploit; "just swipe up from the lock screen to access the new Control Center, then open the alarm clock app. Hold the phone's sleep button, but instead of swiping to power down the phone, tap cancel and double-tap the home button to access the multitasking screen. From there, you can jump to the camera and share stored photos, which gives you access to the user's communication accounts such as e-mail, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and others."

The hack can unfortunately be performed on any iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S, and the most recent iPad running iOS 7. Apple has told Forbes that it plans to fix the bug and that it "takes security very seriously," is "aware of this issue" and will "deliver a fix in a future software update."

However, to protect yourself now, all you need to do is:

1. Go to "Settings."

2. Select "Control Center."

3. Disable "Access on Lock Screen."

iOS 7 performance on the iPhone 4

The day has come for iOS 7, but for users who are sticking to their iPhone 4 instead of the bright new iPhone 5C or flagship 5S, what can you expect from your "updated" smartphone?

The iPhone 4 is the oldest iPhone that is able to download iOS 7, but will your 2010 smartphone get more with the times with its 2013 OS or simply look older than it is? The iPhone 4 has already been known to lag with certain apps and its likely that some users may get irritated by the lags created by iOS 7's animations, which could take longer on the iPhone 4.

Another thing to considering with iOS 7 is the toll it could take on your iPhone 4's battery life. ARSTechnica used iOS 7 beta Gold Master to test out how apps and battery life work with the iPhone 4 in comparison to the iOS 6. Check it out below:

"As we did last year, we also launched a number of the built-in apps in both iOS 6 and iOS 7 and timed them to see whether there were any regressions. The numbers below measure the time between when the app icon is tapped and when the app becomes ready for user input, and each app's launch time was measured three times and averaged. The apps were force-quit using the iOS multitasking interface between runs. We also measured the time it took for the phone to cold boot to the lock screen.

 APPLICATION IOS 6.1.3 IOS 7.0 GM
Safari 1.13 seconds 2.05 seconds
Camera 1.9 seconds 2.63 seconds
Settings 1.31 seconds 1.88 seconds
Mail 1.0 seconds 1.50 seconds
Messages 1.57 seconds 2.80 seconds
Calendar 1.23 seconds 1.78 seconds
Phone 0.67 seconds 2.37 seconds
Cold boot to lock screen 31.14 seconds 45.13 seconds

 

Everything is slower in iOS 7, usually by a one to one-half a second or so but sometimes by more. These tiny delays can add up-if you unlock your phone, check your mail or messages quickly, and then put your phone away in the course of 10 or 15 so seconds, that lag can become a significant percentage of the time you spend. Unfortunately at this point it's impossible to separate the app launches from the animation durations. It's possible that a future update will reduce the length of the animations, speeding everything up again by a bit. Until (or unless) that happens, navigating around iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 is just going to feel slower than iOS 6 did. Cold boot time has also increased significantly, though I'll admit that I usually only cold boot a smartphone if I need to install an update or measure the amount of time a phone takes to cold boot.

Once you've actually opened your app, things don't feel too much worse than they did in iOS 6. Scrolling occasionally stutters, but most of the delays come up when doing (relatively) 3D-intensive things like swooping around the home screen and switching and launching applications.

As we discussed in our main iOS 7 review, battery life in iOS 7 is down a little from where it was in iOS 6.1.3, but the iPhone 4 gets off relatively easy compared to the bigger decreases we saw in the iPhone 5. Our Wi-Fi browsing test loops a set of pages in Safari continuously until the battery dies, loading a new page every 15 seconds with the screen set to 50 percent brightness. Under iOS 6.1.3, the iPhone 4 lasted for eight hours and 28 minutes. Under iOS 7, it lasted for a slightly shorter eight hours and seven minutes. Your battery life will obviously differ from ours based on the shape that your battery is in, but as in all other supported devices, iOS 7 reduces battery life slightly compared to iOS 6 on the same hardware."


What to expect from iOS 7 (if you haven't already downloaded it):

-Changes to basic functions: For example, to go from one e-mail to another, you will now have to swipe up and down, rather than left to right.

-Instant app updates: Apps will automatically update when changes become available.

-Control Center: Your eight most commonly used features will be kept under one house in the Control Center, or a screen that you can access at any time with just one swipe. Skip the settings and head to the Control Center, where you'll also find a flashlight, you camera, clock and calculator.

-Instagram Features in your camera: Filters will be available right in the camera, along with the ability to shoot the photos in the square format Instagram requires to post photos.

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