There have been several issues with regards to iOS 7 that needs fixing. For starters there is the issue with iMessage that doesn’t seem to be able to remove users’ phone numbers from Apple’s servers, thus causing text messages to not deliver when the user switches to a different platform like Android. Apple promised it would be fixed in a future update. There is also an issue with the Mail app where email attachments were found to be not encrypted properly. The good news is that if this sounds pretty frustrating to you, you might be in luck because according to a report from MacRumors, Apple is expected to issue an update to iOS 7 in the form of iOS 7.1.2 in the coming weeks. The update is expected to address the issues mentioned above, as well as some other issues that might have gone unnoticed.
Nearly a month ago, we noted that Apple was apparently working on iOS 7.1.2, as revealed in our web logs by the appearance of visits from devices running the operating system version on Apple’s networks. At the time, we had no information on what the update would include, but suggested it was likely to include fixes for an email attachment encryption issue and problems for users leaving iOS for a different platform trying to disassociate their phone numbers from iMessage. In both cases, Apple acknowledged that it was working on fixes for the issues that would be included in a future software update, and iOS 7.1.2 will be the first public update released since those statements. MacRumors has now learned that Apple is indeed nearing a public release of iOS 7.1.2 and has begun seeding carrier partners with a version of it, termed build 11D257. Apple has apparently asked carriers to sign off on the update by Friday, June 27, indicating that a public release could occur the following week. According to sources, the build of iOS 7.1.2 does indeed address the email attachment encryption issue, as well as a bug in downloading emails. Also included in the update is a fix for a lock screen vulnerability that could allow access to “limited apps”. While we can’t say for certain, Apple may be referring to the “missed call” lock screen bug publicized earlier this month.