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Apple iOS 7.1.2 software update accused of buggy performance

07 Jul 2014
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Apple users have complained about the iOS update Apple released last week, warning of bugs and other performance issues.

We reported on the update on Tuesday when it was released, and readers have since filled the comment section with their concerns. Elsewhere, on the official Apple discussion pages, others have also commented on issues.

“Mine only took five mins to update but it's rubbish now. Really not happy as this is a brand new iPad,” said one reader.

“Mine froze at the 3/4 way and I had to reset it to factory settings then back it up after. Obviously I'm not the only person this is happening to so it has to be Apple,” added another.

Comments on the official Apple forums are mixed, and while some say that they had no issues with their updates, others reported problems. “I've had an iPhone since the 3G, and this was the first I've had a problem doing an update. Afraid to update my iPad Air now. I use iCloud to back up since I don't want to hook my phone to the computer, so yes, I've had to redownload all my apps, It's working now, just time consuming. Must be something in their install they didn't cover correctly,” said one.

Some users have advised their peers not to update at all. "DON'T DOWNLOAD!!!  Totally messed up my iPad. Half way through it told me something was up and I had to do a restore – OK, I think, no problem!! Big problem!!! So I restore it…” said one particularly annoyed user.

“I had to start my iPad anew. Not impressed big time!!! Two hours wasted trying to fix this, and its still not completely fixed.” V3 has asked Apple to comment on its reported problems, but had received no reply by the time of publishing.

The iOS 7.1.2 update added a number of security fixes to the mobile operating system. The update is only 23.2MB in size but contains several important fixes for issues that could have affected iPhone and iPad users. Chief among these is a fix for an issue that left mail attachments open to attackers, as Apple explained on the iOS 7.1.2 update notice webpage.

“Data protection was not enabled for mail attachments, allowing them to be read by an attacker with physical access to the device. This issue was addressed by changing the encryption class of mail attachments,” the firm said.

Apple also addressed an issue with the Activation Lock system, known as the killswitch. “Devices were performing incomplete checks during device activation, which made it possible for malicious individuals to partially bypass Activation Lock. This issue was addressed through additional client-side verification of data received from activation servers,” Apple said.

The firm patched another vulnerability that could have put contact information at risk through the Siri voice system. “If a Siri request might refer to one of several contacts, Siri displays a list of possible choices and the option 'More...' for a complete contact list. When used at the lock screen Siri did not require the passcode before viewing the complete contact list. This issue was addressed by requiring the passcode.”

Other fixes included "connectivity and stability" improvements to iBeacon, and a fix for a "a bug with data transfer for some third-party accessories, including bar-code scanners," although Apple did not give any more detail on this.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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