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Apple Preparing iOS 7.1.2 Update, Likely Addressing Email Encryption and iMessage Issues

With just eleven days to go until the expected public unveiling of iOS 8 at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple also appears to be working on an upcoming iOS 7.1.2 update, as has also been hinted at by recent statements from the company. Devices identifying themselves as running iOS 7.1.2 and coming from Apple's networks have been showing up in our web logs since last Friday.

Activity is still low, but that is typical for the early stages of update testing, particularly minor ones that may not require widespread internal or external testing. As a minor update, iOS 7.1.2 is likely to focus on bug fixes and other tweaks rather than major feature additions, and it likely will not even be put through a developer testing period before release.

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Visits to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 7.1.2

Details on changes included in the update are currently unknown, but there are two issues likely to be addressed. One is a fix for an email attachment encryption issue disclosed several weeks ago. At the time the issue gained widespread publicity, Apple issued a statement indicating it was aware of the issue and that a fix would be included in a "future software update."

The second is a long-standing iMessage issue that has recently gained new attention. The issue, which results in lost messages for those switching away from the iPhone to another device and not having their phone numbers disassociated from iMessage, has been worsened recently by server problems. Just today, Apple reported those server problems have been fixed and that it will be including "an additional bug fix in a future software update".

For both of these issues, iOS 7.1.2 would be the first iOS update since Apple's promise of fixes, so it's reasonable to assume those problems will be addressed in the forthcoming update.

While Apple is expected to preview iOS 8 at its June 2 keynote and begin making builds available to developers, a public release of iOS 8 is not expected until around the September timeframe, in line with the release of new iPhone hardware. Apple has on occasion continued to release updates to iOS after it has begun developer testing of the next major version, but these updates have historically been specialized ones targeting significant performance or security issues rather than broader sets of improvements.

Heading into WWDC, traffic from devices on Apple's network identifying themselves as running iOS 8 has been rising fairly steadily in recent months, while OS X 10.10 traffic has been fairly stable.

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23 weeks ago
What I find interesting is that there have been iMessage issues for years and with the sudden spur of class action lawsuits, all of sudden it has been addressed?
Rating: 15 Votes
23 weeks ago
What's the Y-axis in that chart?
Rating: 11 Votes
23 weeks ago
Nice to see the fixes, but I am way more excited to hear about iOS8 and OSX 10.10. Less than two weeks now. And then its on to Brazil for the World Cup. This summer is going to be exciting!
Rating: 10 Votes
23 weeks ago

What's the Y-axis in that chart?


Furlongs per fortnight? Apples per Aardvark?

Great question, charts without scales are pretty useless! :)
Rating: 5 Votes
23 weeks ago
Let's hope iOS 8 is a nice stable, well-tested OS with as few bugs as possible.

The Snow Leopard of iOS if you will :)
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks ago
Moving fast.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago
Getting a little nervous MacRumors…it's been a week since your last iPhone 6 mockup story! :D

Edit: I spoke too soon http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/22/iphone-6-mold-case-manufacturers/
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago
This is good, but so excited to see iOS8. Hope it brings the features that and little tweaks that those in the jailbreak community have been able to provide, some of the tweaks I have running on my phone I don't think I can do without now!

Auxo 2
Bigify
Biolockdown
Bloard
CCControls
f.lux
JellyLock7
folder customizer
slide2kill7
typestatus
BiteSMS

Love them.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago

Well, Apple said they plugged a server side bug, so they were working on the issue(s). As for why it took so long, it's hard to pin down. It could be multiple factors, such as finding the elusive causes, or the fix may be in many parts (e.g., each telco handles it differently). Plus complicated by iOS7 rewrite.


I doubt Apple has spent almost 3 years tracking down this bug. More than likely, they finally got to the point where the support costs (because of Android's rise in popularity and Apple's huge market size) and the negative press required them to take action. This is not some elusive bug. It was easy to reproduce.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago
Am i the only one that thinks that it's ridicule to have a new iOS, when there are such basic bugs in the latest one?

I would rather see an iOS 7.5, with basic improvements, and not a whole new platform that will have new bugs....
Rating: 1 Votes

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