iOS 7.0.3 update delivers iCloud Keychain support, addresses iMessage bugs

By on October 23, 2013, 12:30 PM
apple, ios, imessage, ios 7, ios 7.0.3, icloud keychain, motion sickness

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.

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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Apple is currently quick with new updates because the OS 7 wasn't ready for prime time for 5S. On iPhone 5, however, it worked fine all the way.

They do not do it because this new feature being added, they do it because the OS is too buggy.

This is a very strange decision to deactivate animations because 1% of users can't handle it. They were supposed to just add a switch off option.

rub900 said:

Apple needs to die as a company. They are a bloated cash cow for their upper management. It is too bad people can't see how they are getting screwed by this worthless company.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

It was 76mb on my iPhone 5, they didn't mention anything about one of the more annoying issues though, the fact that you cannot control music playback from the control center 95% of the time! it's really annoying when your in the car and you just want to skip a single track and it just doesn't work, you have to actually unlock your phone and bring up the music app. So annoying!

Apart from that though I'm actually quite enjoying iOS7, was a genuine update that improved quite a few aspects of the OS that annoyed me personally.

Guest said:


could be worse, if apple died we would all be stuck with the horrible other choices, Android, WP8, and BB

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They haven't switched off the animations. There is an option in accessibility called "reduce motion". Previously it stopped the wallpapers moving as you tilted the phone and now it also switches the zooming animation as you switch between apps for a fade instead. I prefer it, my missus prefers it and the guy at work with an iPhone prefers it. It's very welcome.

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