iOS 7 overview

Apple has updated iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad with a number of bug fixes and changes.

Perhaps the most significant change is to the Reduce Motion setting. Prior to this release, turning on Reduce Motion in the Settings app only disabled the parallax 3D backgrounds seen on the Home and Lock screens. Now, Reduce Motion also turns off the zooms when opening folders and apps. Instead, a cross-fade has been introduced that not only speeds up transitions but is also easier on the eyes. There’s a video at the bottom of this page demonstrating how it looks.

The other significant update to iOS 7.0.3 is the removal of the slide to unlock text on the iPhone 5s when Touch ID is enabled. It still appears after a few seconds, but the tweak makes the Lock Screen look a little tidier when compared to earlier versions. Other changes in iOS 7.0.3 include the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight Search (this ability was removed in an earlier iOS 7 update but has been brought back), plus changes to iCloud Keychain.

Here’s the full list:

 

  • Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
  • Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
  • Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use

Slide to unlock updated iPhone 5s iOS 7.0.3 copy

  • Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search

Updated Spotlight Search iOS 7.0.3

  • Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
  • Improves system stability when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software
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