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iOS 7 Download Update: 7.0.3 Release Forcing 7.0.4, 7.1 Unveiling; Sightings Increase

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Nov, 07, 2013, 12:04 PM
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New Apple iOS 7 features are displayed on screen during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California June 10, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

All signs point to iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 7.1 update releases in the near future, according to Mac Rumors. The website discovered "increasing numbers of devices running iOS 7.0.4 from Apple's networks showing up in web logs." The report adds that the first sightings of the iOS 7.0.4 download update were seen on Oct. 22nd, the same day iOS 7.0.3 was released to the public.

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The iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 7.1 download sightings have increased in recent days among Cupertino employees, an indication that Apple is readying the new updates for iPhone and iPad users. The highest number of iOS 7.1 update sightings are coming from San Francisco, which is north of Cupertino, and "a likely testing ground for Apple engineers using unreleased iOS software," according to Gotta Be Mobile.

While an iOS 7.1 update would certainly bring more enhancements, it's likely farther off from releasing with the iOS 7.0.4 update set to arrive first.

iOS 7.0.3 complaints have been abundant since the update arrived, causing more issues for some users than it corrected from the previous downloads. Users have told us they are experiencing several issues with iOS 7.0.3 on their iPads, with complaints ranging from loss of sound on apps, an inability to connect to Wi-Fi and receive emails. Another user has had issues with an oversensitive touch screen on their iPhone, making texting difficult. There is also an issue with a Twitter bug on the iPad Air and iPhone 5S that affects those trying to send images through Twitter.

Of course, these issues are just a small selection, as there are major and minor problems that many users are unfortunately dealing with. iOS 7.0.3 complaints are growing by the day, but it's difficult to gage how close a fix is coming since Apple does not announce these updates. A good bet for an iOS 7.0.4 or 7.1 download is following the release of the highly-anticipated iPad Mini with Retina display. Apple most recently unveiled updates to iOS 7 following the iPhone 5S release date and shortly before the arrival of the iPad Air.

The iOS 7.0.3 update did fix several of the previous issues reported on Apple devices with the update, including a iMessage issue that prevented users from sending and receiving messages. iOS 7.0.3 also included the much-needed iCloud Keychain security feature.

iOS 7.0.3 fixes sensor issue

One improvement with iOS 7.0.3: that frustrating sensor issue.

iPhone 5S and 5C users with iOS 7 were experiencing sensor malfunctions that were at least two to three degress off and up to five to six, which is an issue for users of apps that require good data. The issue was first reported in early October.

Venture Beat did some testing of the new iOS 7.0.3 update and here's what they found:

"The far phone is my iPhone 5, reading .2 degrees off level. I haven't yet update it to iOS 7.03. The middle phone, the iPhone 5S, is upgraded to 7.03, and now reads .1 degrees off level. That's an acceptably minor degree of error, if it is, or a tiny variation in the surface of table they're both sitting on, due to their slightly different positions. The nearest iPhone is Apple's iPhone 5C, which I have not yet updated to 7.03, and it is still displaying the kind of error that the iPhone 5S was experiencing before the software update."

Last week, RealityCap, a small mobile tech company, also unveiled a way for users to alter their sensor data readings on the smartphone. The company's CEO, Eagles Jones, posted an update on the calibration app Thursday evening.

"Since the bias is more or less constant, a simple one-time calibration process can correct for it," Jones posted. "There are several ways to approach this, but we find it most straightforward to ask the user to place their device on a flat, level surface. We then capture accelerometer data over a period of time (to smooth out any vibration or noise in the measurements)."

Below is the full list of iOS 7.0.3 updates via Apple:

-Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
-Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
-Updates lock screen to delay display of "slide to unlock" when Touch ID is in use
-Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
-Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
-Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
-Improves system stability when using iWork apps
-Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
-Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
-Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
-Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
-Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
-Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
-Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software

Are you experiencing iOS 7.0.3 update concerns? Let us know with a comment!

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