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iOS 7.1.2 to Address Mail, Lock Screen, iBeacon Issues in Coming Weeks

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.

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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.

Finally, iOS 7.1.2 is said to include both improvements to iBeacon connectivity and a bug fix related to data transfer with third-party accessories such as bar code scanners. There is no explicit mention of any fixes for iMessage, but they may still be quietly included in the release.

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Visits to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 7.1.2

Since the first appearance of iOS 7.1.2 in our web logs back in mid-May, traffic from devices running the upcoming operating system has increased fairly gradually with the exception of a spike on the day of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

Related roundup: iOS 7

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5 weeks ago
Missing from update -- iMessage fix! :confused:
Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago
This is a big reason why I keep coming back from android. The support you get isn't even comparable.
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
MR does fair bit of snooping on who visits ... learning from google eh ? :p:p:p
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
Full Screen Caller Picture ?? Anyone ? Or is it not "that" important as freaking e-mail att. encryption or whatever...
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
Hopefully it will bring back full screen caller id !!!
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
Anyone else irked by the lack of love given to the Music app. Why can I not swipe to remove a entire album from my iPhone? Does Apple think that swiping the album and getting the option to delete is not a elegant solution enough? Instead we have to swipe through individual tracks repeatedly? Fix this fundamental problem and put a smile back on the faces of your consumers. This also applies to the Photo app. Allow mass deletion of albums. This is what Apple use to be good at, making the user experience hassle free. Lately things have been difficult. Yes I know I can use iTunes to manage my iPhone, but sometimes you just want to free up some space on your device while away from your computer and delete some music. While I am ranting, iTunes cannot detect my Aperture library, so I cannot sync my photos! I am not the only person having this problem. I have read plenty of forums and others are having the exact same problem with no solution to it. Lets get back to "It Just Works". I know Apple wants everyone to start using the cloud for most of there services, that is all fine and good, but for those who opt to use the former way of syncing, give us our seamless experience back. Thanks.

--Fix these issues for those of us on a iPhone 4 that will be stuck on iOS 7. And people reading this, don't tell me to buy new hardware. The iPhone 4 is perfectly capably of making the minor adjustments to the OS that I mentioned above.
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago
I hope it fixes the terrible battery life we have been experiencing with our iPhone 4 and 4S since upgrading to iOS 7.1.1. Even a clean install does not prevent our devices from draining while in Airplane mode.

Usage time before running out: 2,5 hours. :confused:
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago

Hope my battery life goes back to how it was before 7.1.1. Seems like most peoples battery life got better but mine was cut in half


I am not a super-always-on-my-phone guy. In fact, my iPhone4 is often left untouched for hours, cus you know, I work somewhere. But since updating, I have to charge my phone TWICE a day. I leave it over night and it chews up 20%. It USED to power down at 2%, now it dies at 10% once at 15%.

But since I updated, calendar and contacts plow though data, the battery life is crap, and I get these long input lags where no input is recognised...

I experience similar, though less marked, battery drain on my iPad mini (1g). I could read Kindle, and PDFs for ages, and lose a fraction of what i lose now in a couple of hours. This particularly sucks, because I am going on a long sailing trip and planned on using my phone and ipad to keep myself from going nuts, and now, if i have to recharge my tablet daily, I might get to read once or twice a week (electricity is at a premium when you're crossing the Atlantic Ocean before you find and outlet again).

I REALLY hope there is some quiet update that they aren't talking about cuz since they are killing support for Iphone4 in iOS8, well, then I'm just SOL aren't I?
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago

MR does fair bit of snooping on who visits ... learning from google eh ? :p:p:p


how very dare you! :p
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago
Hope my battery life goes back to how it was before 7.1.1. Seems like most peoples battery life got better but mine was cut in half
Rating: 1 Votes

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