Apple has released a significant software update, though minor, for iOS 7.1 operating system, available for download on the iTunes store as well as over-the-air on iOS devices.
The iOS 7.1.2 update, majorly a security update, focuses on bug fixes and patches for vulnerabilities, along with improvements to iBeacon connectivity and stability.
Apple has addressed the security flaw related to email attachment encryption issue that allowed an attacker to easily access, and also fixes an issue with data transfers from third-party accessories including barcode scanners.
The new update also patches the Activation Lock vulnerability, disclosed in May, used by DoulCi’s team to bypass the Activation Lock. iOS 7.1.2 also addresses another bug that allows an attacker to gain access to contacts in the devices through Siri.
As a part of the iBeacon improvement, the iOS 7.1.2 allegedly re-enables Bluetooth on the devices, even if it is disabled. This was reportedly an issue with iOS updates in the past, which has likely happened again with the latest update.
iOS 7.1.2, approximately 28-30MB, is the second minor update for the iOS 7.1 version and is compatible with devices – iPhone 4 and later; the iPad 2 and later, the fifth-generation iPod touch, both the iPad Minis, and iPad Air.
Users have already started downloading the iOS 7.1.2 update, while some of them have been reporting “frozen screen” just after one-third of the update is downloaded. A hard reboot is reportedly fixing the issue, according to iPhone Hacks.
Along with the iOS update, Apple has also released a minor OS X 10.9.4 update that focuses on smaller problems. The update resolves wake-from-sleep, incorrect appearance of Apple logo on start-up, and Wi-Fi connectivity issues, and includes Safari 7.0.5.