Apple has issued another update for its latest iOS 7 operating system to address a raft of issues including fixing problems with iMessage, reducing the motion sickness that many users had complained about and improving its in-built search function.
The update is the third to the platform since it was launched in September. To date over 200 million devices have been updated with the operating system, although not all users have been happy with the new system. Many V3 readers have complained about a raft of issues.
The iOS 7.0.3 update addresses some of these, as outlined by Apple: "This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation.
- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating.
- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
The firm has also returned the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from the universal search bar, a function that was missing in the first iteration of the iOS 7.
The firm's Keychain service that allows accounts names and passwords to be stored across all iOS devices has also been added to iOS 7.0.3. This should improve the lives of those fed up of continually entering the same information across multiple devices.
Apple also said it has fixed an accelerometer calibration issue, which might have been the reason we could not use the Maps feature on the iPhone 5S as expected. Apple said the M7 coprocessor in the 5S is able to tell when a user switches from driving to walking during a journey, and will switch Apple Maps navigation to update directions and time remaining. However, this did not work when we tried out the feature in our review.
A full list of updates is available on the Apple status page.
The improvements to the motion controls appear to be beneficial for older iPhone devices as well, with one iPhone 4 tested by V3 running faster and smoother than previously.
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