We are two days in and Apple’s sleek new mobile operating system, iOS 7, already has its first upgrade in the pipeline – iOS 7.01. Though Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system this week has fixed over 80 security bugs thought to affect the new iPhone 5S.
Among the changes, the iOS 7 update fixes a number of issues which could otherwise have meant unexpected application termination – or arbitrary code execution on devices running on an older OS.
But Apple has also acknowledged a hack bypassing a user’s lockscreen passcode, saying it would be fixed in a future update — though declined to say when. The passcode lock bug allows anyone to access the device without entering a security code, working by activating Apple’s new Control Centre, tapping the alarm clock and attempting to shut down the device, then cancelling the action, which brings users back to the device’s home screen.
Four Safari bugs were also addressed in the latest iOS 7 update, including a problem where the browser’s history was still visible even after it was cleared and a problem related to memory corruption in the way Safari handled XML files.
So, there are still a handful of problems to be ironed out, more will obviously come to light as more and people download the new iOS update. But should you hold off on updating your device?
It’s true not all devices have the same feature set as the new iPhone 5s and 5c generation smartphones, and the latest Retina display iPad, as they require the latest hardware to work properly – iPhone 3GS handset owners are out of luck. Older iDevices, still compatible with the update, will not experience the full performance seen on the most updated Apple smartphones and tablets. Hey, Apple’s got to convince millions of iPhone users to upgrade their devices somehow. Before committing to download, users should be mindful that older devices, compatible with iOS 7, could struggle with the upgrade and be sluggish at times, particularly if the iPhone or iPad runs multiple apps at the same time.
In spite of the rush to update apps in time for the OS update last month, some just won’t be compatible yet. As with every new software version, apps need a modest update to keep up their compatibility. But inevitably, some apps will fall behind, or fail to appear in the update list because of an incompatibility issue with the new software. In this situation, apps that were available in previous versions may vanish due to Apple having to approve each app before it can be downloaded by users. Coupled with this, Apple has updated its requirements for existing apps, like user interface tweaks, so some of your favourite apps may not receive immediate approval. There have been horror stories of apps sitting in the approval queue for weeks.
What do you think of the new iOS 7 upgrade?
Words by Emma Nobel
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