Well here’s a lovely little iPad rumor to consider this week – iOS 7.1 is said to be set for release any day now. Here’s the reason given by John Gruber at Daring Fireball:
Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn’t out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now.
These shows start next Tuesday, March 11, right here in Austin. So perhaps a iOS 7.1 release on Friday?
iOS 7.1 is rumored to bring fixes for some of the crashing bugs and frequent Springboard resets that have plagued iOS 7 since its release.
I don’t fully understand why the iTunes Festival app requires an iOS update, as it has always offered a live stream plus highlights videos in the past as far as I can recall – but I’ll be quite happy if this rumor proves true and the app helps to push out the iOS 7.1 release.
Yesterday Apple issued the latest update to the iPad and iPhone operating system, iOS 7.0.6. This update is primarily a security patch for a known vulnerability relating to SSL connections.
The update is available now and can be installed over-the-air (as in, directly from the iPad) via the Settings app. You’ll find it under Settings > General > Software Update.
If you’ve been using iOS 7 for any length of time, then you’re likely aware that it’s prone to pretty frequent crashes at random times. This has been the case ever since the late developer betas and certainly since iOS 7 was released to the public.
I think it’s the most buggy release of iOS since iOS 2.0 – and I’ve definitely see plenty of the Springboard reset type soft reboots on my Retina iPad mini on a regular basis.
The good news is it looks like there may be an update on the way to at least partly address the issue, according to Mashable.
“We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Mashable.
9to5Mac also reports that feedback from people using the latest iOS 7.1 beta indicates that it is ‘more stable and less prone to crashes’.
Lets hope we see a stability boosting iOS 7 update very soon.
The screenshot above is of the advisory popup dialog you get when you’re about to sign in with your Facebook account in the iPad Settings app – to link your Facebook account more seamlessly throughout iOS.
Here’s the big catch though: the dialog above lets you know that signing in will do this:
Download your Facebook friends to the Contacts app and keep their information up to date.
For me, that’s a deal breaker right away. I don’t want all my Facebook friends chucked into my Contacts app. Partly because the last time I recall using some clever app that brought Facebook friends into my address book it made a huge mess – resulting in contacts with wrong phone numbers and similar issues.
Also, there are a lot of my Facebook friends who I really only ever communicate with via Facebook. Old friends who live half a world away for example. For most of them, I don’t know their phone number or sometimes even their email address. I talk to them via Facebook messages or maybe an occasional Skype call. Contacts to me is a place for family, friends, work colleagues, numbers for frequently used services and so forth.
I know this clearly a ‘first world problem’ type complaint and not worth getting knickers in a twist over, but I wish Facebook would make this optional – as Twitter does with a similar sort of feature. Then those who find this useful could go ahead and bring their Facebook friends into Contacts; and people like me could agree to sign in to Facebook – because I can’t at the moment.
Update: My mistake on this on; I didn’t read the fine print properly. As a few people have pointed out in the comments, you can disable the Contacts sync (and Calendar sync) once you sign in – with just a quick tap on toggle buttons. Apologies for my error on this.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 7.0.4 – the latest update to the iPad’s iOS operating system. The update is available via the Software Update (under General) section of the Settings app.
This update is a minor one with mostly unspecified bug fixes and improvements, and a fix for a FaceTime issue with failed calls experienced by some users.
The update applies to iPad 2 and above models, iPhone 4 and above, and 4th and 5th gen iPod touch models.
I’ve never had any FaceTime call issues so I can’t verify whether that particular fix looks good on my iPad.