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iOS 7.0.3 update delivers iCloud Keychain support, addresses iMessage bugs
Apple has released a somewhat significant update for iOS 7 that adds iCloud Keychain support among other various bug fixes. The feature was originally showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference back in June and was slated to come baked into iOS 7 when it was released last month but for whatever reason, it was MIA.
iCloud Keychain is a data management tool that allows users to securely store sensitive information like account names, passwords and credit / debit card numbers across all approved devices. The service can auto-fill this data into fields on websites visited through Safari and will even suggest longer and more secure passwords in the event existing passwords aren’t up to snuff.
Other changes include an update to the lock screen to delay the display of “slide to unlock” when using Touch ID and the return of the ability to search the web and Wikipedia via Spotlight. iMessage receives a number of bug fixes like one that prevented iMessage from activating and another where messages failed to send for some users.
Addressing recent concerns over motion sickness reports from animations in the OS, Apple now allows users to further reduce the motion effects. The zooming effect when switching between apps is replaced with a more basic cross fade effect. Improvements have also been made to the accelerometer calibration, we’re told.
The update weighs in at 92.8MB for iPhone 5s users; I assume it’d be similar for other iPhone and iPad users but that’s just speculation.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
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