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This article is about Apple's iOS mobile operating system. For other meanings of IOS, see IOS (disambiguation).

Apple Inc. provides updates to the iOS operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch through iTunes, and since iOS 5.0, also through over-the-air software updates. With the June 6, 2011 announcement of iOS 5.0, a USB connection to iTunes is no longer needed to activate iOS devices; data synchronization can happen automatically and wirelessly through Apple's iCloud service. The most recent update, iOS 7.1.2, fixed some bugs.


Overview[edit]

Apple's iOS did not have an official name until the release of the iPhone software development kit (iPhone SDK) on March 6, 2008. Before then, Apple marketing literature simply stated that their iPhone runs a version of "OS X", a reference to iOS' parent operating system.[1] When introduced, it was named iPhone OS. It was renamed iOS on June 7, 2010, as the iPhone was no longer the only device to run iOS.[2] Apple licensed the "iOS" trademark from Cisco.[3]

Versions[edit]

On June 29, 2007, Apple released the first version of what became iOS – concurrently with the first iPhone. The final 1.x series release was 1.1.5, released shortly before version 2.0.

July 11, 2008 saw the public release of iPhone OS 2.0, with upgrades through version 2.2.1 made available.

June 17, 2009 was the release date for iPhone OS 3.0. It was updated through (and including) version 3.1.3 (release date February 2, 2010).[4] The first generation iPod Touch and iPhone have iPhone OS 3.1.3 as their newest available version. The iPad was introduced with iPhone OS 3.2, later updated to 3.2.2, a version made specifically for the iPad.

On June 21, 2010, iOS 4.0 was released to the public and was made available only to the iPod Touch and iPhone. iOS 4.0 was announced to have over 1500 new APIs for developers, with the highly anticipated multitasking feature.[5] The iPod Touch (2nd generation) and iPhone 3G have iOS 4.2.1 as the final version available. Nevertheless, many features are not available for the iPhone 3G or iPod Touch (2nd generation), such as multitasking and home screen backgrounds. iOS 4.2 is the first version to bring major feature parity to the iPhone and iPad. The release of the CDMA iPhone for Verizon Wireless saw a branching of iOS. The 4.2 version sequence continued for the CDMA phone while 4.3 was released for all other products.

On June 6, 2011, Apple previewed iOS 5, Apple TV 4.4 beta and the iOS SDK 5 beta along with iCloud beta among other products. This update introduced iMessage chat between devices running iOS 5, a new notification system, Newsstand subscriptions, Twitter integrated into iOS, Reminders app, Enhancements to AirPlay, full integration with iCloud and over 200 new features. iOS 5.0 supports all iPad models, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM & CDMA, and the iPod Touch (3rd & 4th generation).

iOS 5 had only three minor additions, 5.0.1, 5.1, and 5.1.1, which were all provided as an OTA software update.

Apple concurrently provides the same version of iOS for the comparable model of iPhone and iPod touch, usually devices released in the same calendar year. iPhone users receive all software updates for free, while iPod Touch users paid for the 2.0 and 3.0 major software updates. As of iOS 4.0, Apple no longer charges for iPod Touch updates.[6]

As of October 23, 2011, two versions of iOS were never released. iOS 1.2, which after the first beta was replaced by a 2.0 version number; the second beta was called 2.0b2 instead of 1.2b2. The other was iOS 4.2, replaced with 4.2.1 due to a Wi-Fi bug in 4.2 beta 3, causing Apple to release 2 more golden masters (4.2 GM and 4.2.1 GM).[citation needed]

The current version is 7.1.2.

Current versions[edit]

Legend:   Obsolete   Discontinued   Current   Beta

Version Build Release date Highest version for
3.1.3 7E18 February 2, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-02-02) iPhone (1st generation), iPod Touch (1st generation)
4.2.1 8C148 November 22, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-11-22) iPhone 3G, iPod Touch (2nd generation)
5.1.1 9B206 May 7, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-05-07) iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPad (1st generation)
6.1.6 10B500 February 21, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-02-21) iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (4th generation)
7.1.2 (Apple TV Software version 6.2) 11D257c June 30, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-30) Apple TV (2nd generation and later)
7.1.2 11D257 June 30, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-30) iPhone 4
8.0 12A365 September 17, 2014; 1 day's time (2014-09-17) iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), iPad Mini (2nd generation)

Version history: Portable iOS devices[edit]

Legend:   Obsolete   Discontinued   Current   Beta

iPhone OS 1.x[edit]

First iteration of Apple's touch-centric mobile operating system. No official name given on its initial release; Apple marketing literature simply stating the iPhone runs a version of Apple's desktop operating system, OS X.[1] On March 6, 2008, with the release of the iPhone software development kit (iPhone SDK), Apple named it iPhone OS (they went on to rename it "iOS" on June 7, 2010).[2]

iPhone OS 2.x[edit]

2.0, the second major release of iOS, became available on July 11, 2008 with the release of the iPhone 3G. Devices running 1.x are upgradable to this version. This version of the OS introduces the App Store, making third-party applications available to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iPhone OS 3.x[edit]

3.0 became available with the iPhone 3GS. It was released on June 17, 2009. This release added features such as copy and paste, and MMS. Not all features were available on the original iPhone. Devices running 2.x were upgradeable to this firmware.[34][35]

iOS 4.x[edit]

Main article: iOS 4

iOS 4 was made available to the public for the iPhone and iPod Touch on June 21, 2010, and is the first release to be renamed to simply "iOS". This is the first major iOS release to drop support for some devices. It is also the first major iOS release that iPod Touch users do not have to pay for.

The iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (2nd generation) have limited features, including lack of multitasking capabilities and the ability to set a home screen wallpaper, while the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (3rd & 4th generation) have all features enabled, such as multitasking. The iPhone and iPod Touch (1st generation) cannot run iOS 4.0 and above.

iOS 4.2.1, released November 22, 2010, added iPad compatibility. It also was the last version to support iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (2nd generation, MB & MC model).


iOS 5.x[edit]

Main article: iOS 5

iOS 5 was previewed to the public on June 6, 2011.[71] It was released for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd & 4th generation), iPad, and iPad 2 on October 12, 2011.[72]

iOS 5.1.1 is the final release supported for the iPad (1st generation) and iPod Touch (3rd generation).


iOS 6.x[edit]

Main article: iOS 6

iOS 6 was announced and previewed on June 11, 2012 during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012, and its release was stated as Fall 2012. Following the pattern of previous iOS releases, some older devices were no longer supported, specifically the iPod Touch (3rd generation), and the iPad (1st generation). Supported devices include the iPhone 3GS and later; the iPod Touch (4th generation) and later; and the iPad 2 and later.[82]

On September 12, 2012 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among other items unveiled, Apple announced three iOS-related items: the next generation iPhone 5, the redesigned iPod Touch (5th generation), and the announcement of the release of iOS 6.0 the following week.[83]

iOS 6 was released to the public on September 19, 2012, through iTunes and over-the-air updates.

iOS 6.1.6 is the final release supported for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation).


iOS 7.x[edit]

Main article: iOS 7

Apple announced iOS 7 on June 10, 2013 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, with release announced for sometime in Fall (Northern Hemisphere) or Spring (Southern Hemisphere) 2013. At their iPhone event on September 10, 2013, Apple announced the full release of iOS 7 for September 18, 2013, while also unveiling two new iPhone models: the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. With this release, support was once again dropped for older devices, specifically the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch (4th generation). Supported devices on this release include the iPhone 4 onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. iOS 7.1.2 is the final release for the iPhone 4.[91]

Table of versions: iOS 7.x – portable iOS devices
Version Build Baseband Release date Features
iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), and iPad Mini (1st generation)

7.0[edit]

11A465

11A466 (iPhone 5S and 5C shipped with this)

04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.0.00 P4S
4.0.01 S3D S3L
5.00.01 P5 S4L S4D M1C
1.00.06 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

September 18, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-09-18)
  • Flat design and move away from skeuomorphism in general (exceptions exist - for a move towards more skeuomorphism, see for example the Countdown with a new skeuomorphic 3D animation of a spinning wheel).
  • System Helvetica Neue Regular font.
  • Full Screen apps that make use of the system status bar and navigation bar.
  • Translucent design in tab bar, navigation bar, status bar, system keyboard, Control Center, and Notification Center (some translucent layers not on iPhone 4, iPad 2 or iPad (3rd generation)).
  • Opaque design in Alert view, Action Sheet and Share Sheet.
  • Borderless buttons in general.
  • Back navigation gesture by swiping from left edge of the screen.
  • New UI for arranging tab-bar icons.
  • System-wide dynamic font size, configurable in Settings.
  • Enhance the viewing experience of non-iPad apps on Retina iPads, remove the 1x and 2x toggle, apps are opened in ’2x’ mode by default on non-Retina iPads.
  • Home Screen
  • Spotlight Search is now accessible on each screen by pulling it down.
  • "New" banner on newly installed apps have been replaced with blue dots.
  • Brand new icons for built-in apps.
  • Newsstand is now a dedicated app instead of a folder.
  • Control Center
  • A unified screen to quickly access toggles and controls for system settings and services, and for using AirDrop and AirPlay.
  • System wide, accessible by swiping upward from the bottom of the screen.
  • Accessible in the lock screen.
  • Flashlight (device-specific features that come with physical camera) toggle button.
  • Landscape support.
  • A grabber in full screen apps.
  • Mute/silent toggle button in iPad.
  • Integrates Apple's ad-hoc Wi-Fi sharing feature AirDrop (iPhone 5 and later, iPod Touch (5th generation) and later, iPad (4th generation) and later, and iPad Mini (1st generation) and later).
  • Alert view, for receive invitation from other devices, option to accept/cancel.
  • Options to set discoverable: Off/Contacts only/Everyone.
  • Inter-app Audio
  • Register audio streams to share with other apps.
  • Provides for MIDI control of audio rendering, remotely launching other registered Inter-App Audio apps.
  • Notification Center
  • Accessible in the lock screen.
  • Today tab, for previewing the events calendar, stocks, and tomorrows events; provides traffic info on frequently visited places.
  • Missed filter: can filter list to see notifications that occurred when phone was not actively in use.
  • Bounces when swiped down quickly.
  • Folders
  • Unlimited number of apps via folder subpages.
  • Newsstand app can now be moved inside any folder.
  • Transparent background.
  • Folders change color when apps are downloading and clock-like animated progress graphic is superimposed over folders that have actively downloading apps.
  • Alert
  • A countdown for snooze.
  • Calculator
  • New feedback when pressing a key.
  • Toggle landscape mode button.
  • Spotlight
  • Accessible on every page of the Home screen by swiping downward from anywhere.
  • New animation.
  • Multitasking
  • Redesigned switcher, with horizontal scrolling for previewing all running apps, and swipe upward gesture to stop any running apps.
  • Can close multiple apps simultaneously by swiping with multiple fingers.
  • Landscape switcher.
  • Background App Refresh; fetches data in the background based on network connectivity and user habits.
  • Use apps while the app is updating.
  • Wallpapers
  • Weather
  • Dynamic animation for different weathers (iPhone 4S and later and iPod Touch (5th generation)).P4S, P5, P5C, P5S, T5
  • Shows sunrise/sunset humidity, chance of precipitation, and wind speed.
  • Can see multiple locations simultaneously when the menu icon is selected.
  • Can select GPS icon at bottom to immediately see weather for current location.
  • Phone
  • Block list.
  • Contact pictures on Favorites.
  • Transparency in the number pad button when pressing.
  • Phone History and Voicemail Info options allow one to return the call in multiple ways including call back, FaceTime and Messaging.
  • New fields in Contacts: "Add Social Profile", and "Add Instant Message".
  • "Chat", "FaceTime", "Mail" buttons next to the contact information; no longer need to scroll down to the bottom.
  • Send contacts through AirDrop.
  • FaceTime Audio.
  • Block list.
  • A dedicated app on the iPhone, like the previous version on iPod Touch and iPad.
  • Long SMS.
  • Block list.
  • No longer have to scroll to the top to access "Call", "FaceTime", and "Info".
  • Contact pictures in group chats.
  • Ability to see exact time of when each message was sent by dragging conversation bubbles to the left.
  • Event and address detection in the message context, tap to open in Calendar and Maps.
  • A contact with a nickname will appear in Messages under the nickname, rather than the full name.
  • New animation when compressing video to be shared.
  • Full screen browsing in portrait mode (previously only available in landscape).
  • Unified text field for both URL and search.
  • Bookmarked website thumbnail icons appear when text field is activated.
  • Top-hit, Google suggest, Bookmarks, and History appear on the unified text field while typing.
  • Preview tabs on iPhone and iPod Touch are no longer limited to 8.
  • Preview tabs use new 3D vertical animation for previewing the opened tabs; long press to edit positions, swipe to remove.
  • Reading List shows website thumbnails on the right.
  • Scrolls articles one-by-one vertically from Reading List, as per OS X Mavericks.
  • Swipe gestures for back/previous history, as per OS X.
  • Parental controls.
  • Private button: enables "Do not track me." feature per website within the app. Previously, configuration appeared in Settings for every website.
  • Recent links: a reading list of all user's friends on Facebook or Twitter post.
  • Reading List button: new round glasses icon pays tribute to Steve Jobs.
  • The .com button removed and replaced with a simple period button. The .com, .net, and .org domain extensions can be accessed by holding down on the button.
  • Bookmarks/Reading List/Shared Links tabs re-ordered/slightly tweaked.
  • Bolder loading bar, private browsing UI tweaks and tab/bookmark changes on the iPad .
  • Photo Stream video support, and more than one contributor per photo stream.
  • Notification Sync across different iCloud devices.
  • Automatic Day/Night Mode that responds to ambient light and current time to switch between day and night color schemes.
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions, with estimated time.
  • Maps bookmarks syncing.
  • Receives notification data sent from the new Maps app in OS X Mavericks (version 10.9).
  • A live compass at the right top corner.
  • Clock
  • App icon reflects the live time.
  • Timer shows in the lock screen.
  • City shows how many hours ahead/behind from your current location.
  • Music
  • New iTunes Radio service.
  • Scrub along the song to get to a certain part directly from the lock screen.
  • Download full albums from iCloud from iTunes Match.
  • Tapping a song in the Now-Playing screen allows users to rate.
  • Cover Flow: Instead of swiping though individual albums, one can now swipe through multiple albums.
  • Reintroduced on-screen lyrics for iPads (this feature was absent in iOS 5 and iOS 6).
  • Slider/discovery feature.
  • Automatic app updates: switch to enable/disable in Settings, under iTunes, App Store.
  • New catalogues for kids based on their age.
  • Genius tab replaced with "Apps Near Me" tab for app recommendations based on user's location.
  • Volume purchase.
  • Search tab redesigned, the number of results appears on the right of the search field.
  • Circular download progress animation during downloading/updating in Home Screen.
  • Add to wish list.
  • It is now possible to download older versions of apps (the last compatible version supported by the device legacy firmware).
  • iTunes
  • Smart download of TV episodes.
  • Photos
  • Albums are organized by Places, Moments, and Years, using the EXIF data as the base of the collection.
  • Share Sheet shares photos to iCloud, social networks, and AirDrop (if available).
  • New default album "Panorama Photos".
  • Camera
  • Control redesign: swipe horizontally to select the still images, videos, square photos, and Panorama modes (if available).
  • Live image filters. P4S, P5, P5C, P5S, T5
  • SDK for 60 FPS video recording.
  • Pinch to zoom while video recording.
  • Redeem iTunes gift card using front camera.
  • Panorama reduces when battery is low.[clarification needed]
  • Slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second.P5S
  • Burst mode. P5, P5C, P5S
  • High-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) for iPad.
  • New layout for Calendar list view on the iPhone.
  • Years view.
  • Week view.
  • Integration with Mail.
  • Integration with Maps, users are notified with transit information when entering places information.
  • Can now hide or show declined events.
  • Will support custom calendar colors.
  • All Day toggle on the Add Event Screen instead of buried in the Select Time control.
  • Can snooze or View Event when an Event Reminder appears.
  • Can set up a second alert time for an event.
  • Can change Busy/Free Status.
  • Selecting the name of the calendar month shows the monthly calendar.
  • Secure game scores.
  • Authenticated players.
  • Turn-based game modes.
  • Ranking-style leader boards.
  • Compass
  • View PDF annotation.
  • New smart mailboxes.
  • Improved Mail search.
  • Hotmail is now Outlook when adding an account, using new Outlook icon.
  • Flagged, Unread, To or CC, Attachments, All drafts, All sent, All Trash smart mailboxes.
  • Shake to Undo to un-archive something.
  • When emailing a passbook pass, it appears as a pass.
  • New animation when compressing video to be shared.
  • New animation when moving mail into a folder.
  • When selecting a target folder while moving an email, an iconic image of the email above the folder selector appears.
  • Have the ability to move an email to Junk folder when flagging.
  • New Print option available when Reply option is selected.
  • New design, mostly white.
  • No longer change fonts in Notes.
  • Can AirDrop notes.
  • Settings
  • Per app cellular data usage permission.
  • Per app using microphone privacy permission.
  • Per app using camera privacy permission.
  • Password required to reset networking and contents.
  • Accessibility
  • Head movement detection for different gestures.
  • China features
  • Tencent Weibo social network integration.
  • Chinese-English bilingual dictionary.
  • Improved Chinese input including T9 keyboard for pinyin (Added in Beta 4), and handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters.
  • Updated voices, and a new male voice (in select regions/languages). English (US), French, and German will be available with the launch of iOS 7 (additional languages will be added over time).
  • Controls certain system settings, such as turning on/off Bluetooth, and changing display brightness.
  • Search from Wikipedia and Bing search engines.
  • Post to Sina Weibo.
  • Search tweets on Twitter.
  • Option to open MLB scores in the MLB.com At Bat app.
  • Navigation, access and voice are more natural.
  • Geofencing.
  • Ability to create repeating reminders has been removed.
  • Find My iPhone
  • Activation Lock: re-activation with iCloud account if the device have been wiped remotely using Find My iPhone service, to prevent unauthorized usage of the lost device.
  • Password required to disable.
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise single sign-on.
  • Per app VPN.
  • Managed app config, for more efficiently deploying and managing of iPhones and iPads.
  • Accessories
  • Unauthorized Lightning cables are blocked and can no longer be used.[92]
  • Set up and configure Wi-Fi accessories, such as AirPlay speakers.
  • iBeacons, a new class of Bluetooth LE low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify devices of other nearby devices/services.
  • Bluetooth LE profiles; including time, notifications, keyboards, and stereo sound.
  • MFi game controllers.
  • Screenshot
  • No longer included in the AssistiveTouch, they appear on the layer of the image.
  • Trusted Devices
  • User is warned when plugging their iOS device into their Mac/PC, "Trust the currently connected computer? Trusting this computer will allow it to have full access to your device and all of its data."
  • Voice Memo
  • New design.
  • Save to iCloud.
  • Share using AirDrop.
  • Status bar
  • Translucent design.
  • 1xRTT icon on CDMA iPhones changed from "o" icon to "1x" icon.
  • GPRS icon on GSM iPhones changed from "o" icon to "GPRS" icon.
  • Dots representations for cellular signal strength.
  • Icon size slightly increased for better readability on the lock screen.
  • Lock screen
  • Charging the battery: rather than battery image on the lock screen, x% charged briefly appears under the clock, then reverts to the date.
  • Access to Notification Center and Control Center.
  • When playing music, the lock screen will now display the time.
  • iPad has Camera control on the lock screen, like the previous version on iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Timer counting down is shown when the device is locked.
  • Scrubbing bar is now displayed on the lock screen.
  • Wi-Fi
  • New Wi-Fi diagnostics mode.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0.
  • Other
  • New first-time setup menus.
  • Add Passcode Lock during Setup Assistant.
  • Vimeo and Flickr social network integrations.
  • Italian, Korean, and Dutch dictionaries.
  • New fade animation when pressing the power button.
  • New Tamil keyboard.
  • New ringtones and system sounds.

7.0.1[edit]

11A470a 1.00.06 P5C P5S September 19, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-09-19) iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S only

Bug fixes

  • Fixes a bug with the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S.
  • Fixes a bug with the App Store purchases system.

7.0.2[edit]

11A501 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.0.00 P4S
4.0.01 S3D S3L
5.00.01 P5 S4L S4D M1C
1.00.06 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

September 26, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-09-26) Bug fixes
  • Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.

Features

  • Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry.
iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPad Mini (2nd generation)

7.0.3[edit]

11B511 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.0.02 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
5.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
1.02.02 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

October 22, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-10-22)

Bug fixes

  • Updates lock screen to delay display of 'slide to unlock' when Touch ID is in use. P5S
  • Fixes iMessage bugs where messages failed to send and iMessage failed to activate.
  • Improves system stability for iWork app.
  • Fixes accelerometer calibration issue.
  • Fixes a bug where Siri or VoiceOver used a lower voice.
  • Fixes bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize motion and animation. (but not separately from only turning off the parallax effect)
  • Fixes a bug that caused VoiceOver input to be too sensitive.
  • Fixes a bug that caused supervised devices to become unsupervised when updating software.

Features

  • Adds iCloud Keychain for website login & Wi-Fi network passwords, credit/debit card management, and other account info.
  • Adds Password Generator in Safari for generating unique, hard-to-guess passwords.
  • Adds back web search and Wikipedia search in Spotlight.
  • Updates the bold text setting to change dial pad text.

7.0.4[edit]

11B554a 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.0.02 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
5.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
1.03.01 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

November 14, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-11-14) Bug fixes
  • Bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users.

7.0.5[edit]

11B601 1.03.02 P5C P5S January 29, 2014; 7 months ago (2014-01-29) iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S only

Bug fixes

  • Corrects network provisioning for some iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models sold in China.

7.0.6[edit]

11B651 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.0.02 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
5.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
1.03.02 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

February 21, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-02-21) Bug fixes
  • Fix CVE-2014-1266, a bug in Secure Transport that can cause it to fail to properly authenticate a SSL/TLS connection.

7.1[edit]

11D167 / 11D169 / 11D169b 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.2.00 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
6.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
2.18.02 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

March 10, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-03-10)
  • Providing iOS control to in-car control systems on some car models by selected vendors from 2014.
  • Includes Siri integration (eyes-free/hands-free modes), satellite navigation, telephony, music, and iMessage integration.
  • iOS experience designed for the car (iPhone 5 and later).
  • Works by connecting a Lightning enabled iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle.
  • Supports Phone, Messages, Maps, and audio apps (inc. Music and third-party).


  • Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the Home button while you speak, then releasing it when you're finished.
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese.


  • Search field above Featured Stations to create stations based on Artist or Song.
  • Buy albums directly from the Now Playing screen.
  • Accessibility
  • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs.
  • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations.
  • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point.
  • Calendar
  • Option to display event list with the month view.
  • Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries.
  • List view has been redesigned.
  • UI
  • Camera app has a new "HDR Auto" feature.P5S
  • Photos & Camera tab in iOS Settings has a new "Upload Burst Photos" option.
  • You can disable Parallax effect independently of other animations when setting up wallpaper.
  • Notification Center now displays "No Notifications" and "No Missed Notifications" for the "All" and "Missed" sections respectively when there are no notifications.
  • Caller ID photos: no longer full screen, instead small circle portrait for incoming/outgoing calls.[93]
  • New Yahoo logo, in both Notification Center and the Weather and Stocks apps.
  • A new dialogue "Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts" when restarting.P5S
  • New iPad wallpapers.
  • "Touch ID and Passcode" has been moved-up to the main menu in Settings.
  • Animations and transitions are noticeably faster.
  • Keyboard has new Shift/Backspace key highlights.
  • Control Center has a new "spring" animation upon opening.
  • Control Center sliders — volume and brightness — have momentum.
  • Wi-Fi toggle in Control Center now black when Wi-Fi not available (greyed-out in Settings)
  • Icons for Phone, Messages and FaceTime apps have less vibrant colors.
  • Music app: Albums now in descending order when browsing by Artist.
  • Numerous changes that make iOS 7 whole, consistent.
    • The Phone app has a new-look dialer.
    • The slide-to-power-off UI has been redesigned.
  • Bug Fixes/Improvements
  • Touch ID fingerprint recognition is improved.P5S
  • Improved performance.P4
  • Fixes a home screen crash bug.
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000.
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries.
  • FaceTime call notifications, automatically clear when call answered on another device.
  • iBeacon improvements.[94]
  • Patches 41 security exploits, including those used by the Evasi0n 7 jailbreak.[95]

7.1.1[edit]

11D201 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.2.00 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
6.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
2.18.02 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

April 22, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-04-22)

Bug fixes

  • Stability and performance
  • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognitionP5S
  • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
  • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled[96]

7.1.2[edit]

11D257 04.12.09 P4 S2C

3.0.04 P4C S2D
5.2.00 P4S
4.1.02 S3D S3L
6.02.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
2.18.02 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

June 30, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-30)

Final release supported on iPhone 4

Bug fixes, security update

  • Bug Fixes/Improvements
  • Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
  • Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
  • Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments[97]
Version Build Baseband Release date Features


iOS 8.x[edit]

Main article: iOS 8

Apple announced iOS 8 on June 2, 2014 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, with release announced for sometime in Fall (Northern Hemisphere) or Spring (Southern Hemisphere) 2014. With this release, Apple resumes the cycle of dropping support for older devices. However unlike past releases and to better serve iPhone and iPad users, they drop only one device, specifically, the iPhone 4, instead of dropping two devices. Supported devices on this release include the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. iPad 2 was also the first longest-running Apple device to support 5 major versions of iOS among with 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Although iOS 8 has only been released in Beta[98] form and is specifically designed for use by Apple Developers, it has been confirmed that non-developers are able to install the software on their devices, like iOS 7 Betas in 2013.[99]

Table of versions: iOS 8.x – portable iOS devices
Version Build Baseband Release date Features
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPad Mini (2nd generation)

8.0

12A365 04.12.09 S2C

3.0.04 S2D
5.4.00 P4S
5.3.00 S3L S3D
7.03.00 P5 S4L S4D M1C
3.09.01 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

September 9, 2014; 6 days ago (2014-09-09) (GM)

September 17, 2014; 1 day's time (2014-09-17) (consumer release)

  • Initial release for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iCloud
    • Photo Library – all photos and camera roll contents are automatically available in the iCloud Photo Library, and is consistent on all the linked devices automatically.
    • iCloud Drive – various files that are being written or worked on are automatically saved in the iCloud drive and is consistent on all the linked devices automatically, including a Mac or PC.
    • iCloud settings now displays account information, payment information and security settings.
  • App Store
    • Trending searches.
    • Related searches.
    • TestFlight – a new system for developers to let others test their app; up to a 1,000 users per app.
    • App Bundles.
    • Video previews.
    • Editors choice badge.
    • If you pause an installing app it shows a pause icon.
    • App Store search results scroll vertically on iPhone.
    • Explore tab, which includes Near Me.
    • Apps now show supported languages and if the app is Family Sharing compatible.
  • Calendar
    • Calendar week numbers display.
    • Custom calendar repeat events.
    • Travel time in calendar appointments.
    • Alert “When I need to leave” for calendar events.
    • Decline a calendar with a comment.
    • More days shown at a time in week view on new iPhones.P6 P6P
    • Improved Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Control Center
    • UI Changes in Control Center.
    • Screen is no longer dimmed when brightness control is selected.
    • iTunes Radio "buy" song button in Control Center.
    • iTunes Radio skips remaining displayed in Control Center.
    • Bringing up the Control Center is now much easier while the keyboard is up.
  • Messages
    • Ability to send voice messages instantly by using a new "microphone" button to the right of the text entry field.
      • Pressing and holding on the microphone button lets you record your voice and then swipe up to send it.
      • Messages can be listened to by either pressing play or raise to listen. Messages can also be listened and responded to on the Lock Screen by raising to listen and raising to respond.
    • Ability to send photo and video messages instantly by using the "camera" button to the left of the text entry field.
      • Pressing and holding on the camera button lets you take a photo or record a video and instantly send it.
      • Tapping the camera button shows the most recent photos in your camera roll. Options are also present for taking a new photo or video and to view your entire photo library. Multiple photos and videos can be selected to send at once.
    • A new details menu is available for each conversation which contains many new functions:
      • You can now title group message threads.
      • A list of everyone participating in a message thread is listed with buttons to call, FaceTime and view their full contact card.
      • Ability to drop or add people to groups.
      • Ability to leave groups.
      • Send current location.
      • Can share location with an individual or group for one hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely until you choose to stop.
      • Do Not Disturb option per group.
      • A collection of all photos that have been sent in a message thread.
      • Batch save/delete all images in a message thread.
    • Messages threads are now synced between all of your devices.
    • Images in conversations are now much larger.
    • Scrolling to the top of a message will now automatically cause older messages to load.
    • Can mark all texts as read.
    • Added options to auto delete standard messages after 1 year, 30 days or never.
    • Added options to auto delete video/audio messages after 2 minutes or never.
    • Faces of contacts display next to contact name on select iPhones. P6P
    • Improved Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Music
    • Left swipe to delete albums.
    • Can add music to a playlist from another playlist.
    • Updated Icon.
  • Multitasking UI
    • The faces of recently conversed with people now appears above the open applications, and with a swipe to the right one can also access their favorites.
    • The animation speed when entering and leaving the multitasking switcher is much faster.
    • Landscape view added to select iPhones.P5 P5C P5S P6 P6P
  • Share sheets
    • Share sheet action icons redesigned.
    • Share sheet icons can be rearranged and hidden.
  • UI
    • Improved animation system. Gestures such as bringing up Notification Center won't be blocked by an animation, such as the home screen icons flying in.
  • FaceTime
    • Call waiting.
    • FaceTime Audio conference calls.
    • H.265 (HEVC) support added to select iPhones.P6 P6P
  • Mail
    • Swipe to the left for options to flag it for follow-up, move it to a folder or delete.
    • Swipe all the way across the screen to the left to delete immediately.
    • Swipe all the way across the screen to the right to mark as read / mark as unread.
    • Ability to swipe mail compose sheet down allowing access to the rest of ones mailbox to gather the information needed in order to compose the message.
    • When Mail recognizes a reservation, flight confirmation, or phone number in an email, a notification appears at the top of the message. In order to add it to the calendar or contacts, one needs to tap the notification(s).
    • Mail conversations are now threads.
    • Individual threads can be set as VIP so that the user will receive a notification when a reply is received.
    • Per thread S/MIME.
    • Automatic reply messages.
    • Can delete attachments.
    • New mailboxes: Unread, To or CC, Attachments, Thread Notifications, Today.
    • Improved Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Notes
    • Rich-text editing.
    • Image support.
  • Notification Center / Notifications
    • Support for third-party widgets in Today view.
    • Interactive notifications – one can take action on texts, email, calendar invitations, reminders, and messages from apps like Facebook and other third-party apps.
      • Can be performed from within Notification Center by swiping a notification to the left to reveal actions available.
      • Can be performed directly within an apps notification banner/alert all without having to leave the app one is in.
    • Notifications in Notification Center can be individually dismissed.
    • Removal of "Missed Notifications" section.
  • iBooks
    • Now pre-installed on iOS 8.
    • Auto night mode.
    • Books can now be categorized into series.
  • Passbook
    • Updated Icon.[100]
    • Supports Apple Pay by taking a photo of your Credit/Debit Card and incorporating it into Passbook for NFC Payments P6 P6P.[101]
    • A history of recent purchases made with Apple Pay is available within Passbook.P6 P6P
    • Passbook “info” card now only displays if no other cards are present.
  • Safari
    • The Tab view from the iPhone is now available on iPads.S2 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • Two-finger pinch to reveal Tab view on iPads.S2 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • New Sidebar that slides out to reveal the bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links on iPads.
    • Address bar now hides when scrolling down on iPads.
    • Spotlight search is now available from Safari's address bar.
    • Option to “Scan Credit Card” when filling out credit card info on a web form.
    • WebGL support.
    • Private browsing per tab.
    • RSS feeds in Shared Links.
    • DuckDuckGo support.
    • Option to Request the desktop site while entering in a web address.
    • Option to add website to Favorites while entering in a web address.
    • Swipe to close iCloud tabs from other devices.
    • Hold the "+" (new tab button) in tab view to list recently closed tabs is now available on iPhone.P4S P5 P5C P5S P6 P6P T5
    • Can delete individual items from History.
    • Safari now blocks ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction.
    • Bookmark icon updated.
  • Maps
    • Flyover city tours.
    • Indoor Mapping – iOS 8 adds the M7 and M8 processor's and iPhone motion sensors to the CoreLocation API, allowing venue owners to create indoor positioning systems.
  • SiriP4S P5 P5C P5S P6 P6P T5 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • Hey, Siri – when plugged into power the user can say "Hey, Siri" and Siri will automatically be activated.
    • Shazam song recognition.
    • Purchase iTunes content.
    • Download apps via Siri.
    • Streaming voice recognition.
    • 22 new dictation languages.
  • Phone
    • Wi-Fi calling.[102]
    • Persons name scrolls while in a call when all of it won't fit on screen at once.
    • Can access full Phone app during a call.
    • Full screen Caller ID.
  • Contacts
    • Improved landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Accessibility
    • Braille keyboard for direct 6-dot Braille.
    • Gray scale mode.
    • Improved zoom.
    • Speak screen.
    • Alex voice.
    • New voices and gesture for speech accessibility.
    • New options in AssistiveTouch (being able to call Notification Center and Control Center).
  • Guided Access
    • Exit Guided Access with Touch ID.P5S
    • Time limits and countdown timer for Guided Access.
  • Privacy
    • Background location notifications – popup asking to "continue to allow" apps accessing Location information while running in the background.[103]
    • More Location Services options per app.
    • Camera added to Privacy settings.
    • HomeKit added to Privacy settings.
    • Health added to Privacy settings.
  • Photos
    • Search Photos by location and more.
    • Date, time and location information displayed.
    • Photos can now be favorited.
    • "Recently Deleted" album.
    • Photos and videos can be hidden from Moments.
    • Hidden photos and videos get added to the "Hidden" album.
    • New Albums added for Bursts, Slow-Mo Videos, and Time-Lapse Videos.
    • Option to auto optimise storage on device by removing local copies of pictures and videos.
    • Improved editing.
      • Smart composition tools.
      • Smart adjustments.
      • Extension support.
  • Voice Memos
    • Play/Pause button next to the record button in Voice Memos.
  • Lock Screen
    • App shortcuts for Handoff on the Lock Screen.
    • App shortcuts on the Lock Screen based on your location.
    • Audio iMessages received while the phone is locked can be listened to by raising to listen and responded to by raising to respond.
    • iTunes Radio "buy" song button on Lock Screen.
    • iTunes Radio skips remaining displayed on Lock Screen.
    • New animation when opening apps from the Lock Screen.
    • Access to Medical ID from emergency dialer.
    • New "Slide to Unlock" text in certain languages.
  • Keyboard
    • QuickType – as one types, they see choices of words or phrases one would probably type next, based on their past conversations and writing style, using a more formal language for mail, and a casual one for Messages. The system also adjusts the system based on the person one converses with, and the region of the user (currently available in 14 countries).
      • QuickType can be hidden by swiping down.
      • QuickType can be toggled on or off from within the keyboard switcher.
    • Extra functions added to the keyboard on select iPhones.P6P
    • Smiley icon for when emoji keyboard is the only alternate keyboard set up. Becomes a globe icon when multiple keyboards are set up.
    • Streaming voice recognition for Speech to Text.
    • Support for third-party keyboards.
    • iOS 6 keyboard no longer appears in apps that are not updated for iOS 7 or higher.
    • New keyboards (Indian, Tagalog, Irish Gaelic, and Slovenian).
  • Family Sharing – a service of sharing purchases from iTunes between up to 6 people.
    • Supports iBooks purchases, iTunes purchases, and App Store purchases.
    • All groups members must pay for family purchases with the same credit/debit card.
    • Ask To Buy – a parent can approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device.
    • Coincides with iCloud Photo Library – automatically sets up a family photo stream where you can share photos, videos, and comments, and all the family photos are available from any device within the family.
    • Offers shared calendar and Reminders.
    • Family Sharing can automatically share the user's location with the family members, or keep their location hidden.
    • With the Find My iPhone app, family members can use their devices to locate one that’s lost and have it play a sound.
    • Apple IDs for kids under 13 are now possible due to Family Sharing.
  • Health app –shows a dashboard of all the fitness and health data of the user P4S P5 P5C P5S P6 P6P T5[104]
    • Shows the heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. of the user.
    • One can create an Emergency card with medicinal details, from within either the application or the lock screen.
    • Natively tracks steps taken and other movement activity within the Health app.
    • Export health data.
  • Continuity – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac communication P5 P5C P5S P6 P6P T5 S4 S5 M1 M2[105]
    • AirDrop now works with OS X (Version 10.10 and above).
    • Handoff – start writing an email or surfing a website from one device, then carry-on the activity from another device. (Requires all devices are connected to the same iCloud account)
    • Answer a phone call, receive and send SMS/MMS from an iPhone on an iPad or a Mac. (Requires all devices run iOS 8/OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network or to the device's hotspot).
    • Intelligent hotspot – intelligently discover when an iPhone is nearby and automatically list the device under Wi-Fi networks in Settings.
  • Spotlight
    • Spotlight now also searches Wikipedia, iBooks, iTunes, App Store, nearby places, news, Suggested Websites, and Movie showtimes.
    • Also works within Safari.
    • Spotlight will remember any previous search.
  • Weather
    • Data is now provided by The Weather Channel instead of Yahoo!.
    • More days are shown.
    • Additional weather information is displayed at the bottom.
    • Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Clock
    • Updated Icon.
  • iTunes
    • Wish List includes new category for songs tagged with Siri.
  • Apple Developers – iOS SDK 8.0
    • Includes 4000 new APIs.
    • Introduces a new programming language called Swift.
    • Metal API (low level graphics API).
    • Touch ID API – open to third-party apps.
    • Apple Pay API[106]
    • Camera API – third-party camera apps can have precise control over exposure, focus, and white balance.
    • Native apps tap into Safari’s AutoFill & Passwords for easy login experience.[107]
    • CloudKit – provides cloud storage and computing power for cloud-based apps.
    • HomeKit – allows standardized control of home automation devices.
      • Discover accessories and add them to a persistent, cross-device, home configuration database.
      • Display, edit, and act upon the data in the home configuration database.
      • Communicate with configured accessories and services to get them to perform actions, such as turning on the lights in the living room.
      • Siri integration
    • SceneKit – enables easy 2D/3D casual game development.
    • SpriteKit – improved to allow force fields, collision detection, and new lighting effects for games.
    • PhotoKit – developers can enable their photo apps to edit photos directly in the Camera Roll without having to import them first.
    • HealthKit – health and fitness apps can share their data with the new Health app and with each other (when the user approves).
    • Extensions.
      • Today – widgets for the Today view of Notification Center.
      • Share – post content to web services or share content with others.
      • Actions – app extensions to view or manipulate inside another app.
      • Photo Editing – edit a photo or video in Apple's Photos app with extensions from a third-party apps.
      • Storage Provider – an interface between files inside an app and other apps on a user's device.
      • Custom Keyboard – system-wide alternative keyboards.
  • Enterprise
    • Improved security – expanded data protection and finer control over mail encryption.
    • IT departments have more ways to manage information securely.
  • Camera
    • Panorama Mode for iPad.S4 S5 M2
    • Time Lapse Mode.
    • Separate focus and exposure controls.
    • Shutter Mode (timer can be set to 3 or 10 seconds).
    • Burst Mode now on selected devices. P5S P6 P6P S5 M2
  • Settings
    • Every app installed now has its own settings panel, regardless of whether the app specifies its settings to appear in the Settings app (e.g. Notifications, Privacy, Background App Refresh, and Cellular Data usage).
    • Battery usage info per app in Settings.
    • A new "Allow Notifications" setting for each app.
    • "Raise to Listen" setting for Messages.
    • New Wallpapers.
    • New Handoff and Suggested Apps under General.
    • Wallpapers and Brightness has been split into two separate menus:[108]
      • "Display and Brightness": Brightness settings were moved here and Text Size and Bold Text from General and Accessibility is now included as well.
      • "Wallpapers" is now standalone.
    • EU options for roaming.
    • Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
  • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi network scanning will use random, locally administered MAC addresses, to aid users' security/privacy concerns.
  • Podcasts
    • Now pre-installed on iOS 8.[110]
  • China features
    • Vector based maps.
    • Turn by turn navigation.
    • Lunar calendar support.
    • Improved predictive input.
    • Improved weather data.
  • Other
    • AirPlay now works without a Wi-Fi network.
    • ”Send Last Location” option for Find My iPhone.[111]
    • Screen activity recording as a video camera device using OS X Yosemite through Lightning cable.
    • Tips app.
    • New definition dictionaries for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Hindi localization.
    • 24-hour/military time is now formatted correctly (e.g. "0010" instead of "010").
    • Springboard Landscape view added to select iPhones.P6P
Version Build Baseband Release date Features


Version history: Apple TV (2nd generation) onwards[edit]

Obsolete Discontinued Current Beta

Information about new updates to Apple TV (2nd generation) onwards is published on Apple's knowledge base.[112]

iOS 4.x[edit]

iOS 4.1 was the first version of iOS available on the Apple TV (2nd generation). It included Apple TV Software 4.0.[113]

iOS 5.x[edit]

On October 23, 2011, Apple TV (2nd generation) software was updated to version 4.4 bringing Photo Stream, Airplay mirroring (from iPhone 4S & iPad 2, later iPad (3rd generation)), NHL, Wall Street Journal, slideshow themes and Netflix subtitles.[113][114] Contrary to rumors and code found in iOS 5, the release did not bring support for Bluetooth or apps to the Apple TV 2.[115]

iOS 6.x[edit]

On September 24, 2012, Apple TV (2nd generation) onwards received the iOS 6.0 software update, with version 5.1's main features being Shared Photo Streams, iTunes account switching, better AirPlay functionality, and Trailers searching, among other smaller improvements.

iOS 7.x[edit]

On September 20, 2013, Apple TV (2nd generation) onwards received the iOS 7.0 software update, with version 6.0's main features including iTunes Radio and AirPlay from iCloud.

Table of versions: iOS 7.x – Apple TV (2nd generation) onwards
iOS version Apple TV Software Build Release date Features

7.0.1/7.0.2[edit]

6.0 11A502 September 23, 2013
  • iTunes Radio
  • Create your own radio stations and listen to them ad-free with iTunes Match (US and Australia only).
  • iTunes Store
  • Browse, purchase, and play music directly from the iTunes Store.
  • iCloud Photos
  • Adds support for playing video from a shared Photo Stream and viewing Photo Streams from multiple contributors.
  • AirPlay from iCloud
  • Apple TV will play content from iTunes In The Cloud instead of your AirPlay device when possible (requires iOS 7 on AirPlay device).
  • Podcasts
  • Sync your podcasts and podcast stations across Apple TV and all your iOS devices.
  • iMovie Theater
  • Stream your iMovie creations instantly in high definition from iCloud (requires latest version of iMovie for iOS or Mac and an iCloud account).
  • Subtitles & Captioning
  • Automatic subtitle selection based on Apple TV language setting, with customizable closed caption style.
  • Conference Room Display
  • Lock Apple TV into Conference Room Display (for business and education environments) and show onscreen instructions for using AirPlay.
  • Software update
  • Keep your Apple TV always up to date by automatically installing software updates when available.
  • Setup
  • Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 7 to automatically transfer network settings, your Apple ID, and language preferences to Apple TV (3rd generation) (not available on iPhone 4 or iPad 2).

Third-party US-only content added on September 26, 2013 without a software update: Major League Soccer (MLS) and Disney Junior.[130][131]

iMovie Theater app was added on October 22, 2013 without a software update.[132]

7.0.3[edit]

6.0.1 11B511d October 25, 2013
  • Stability and performance
  • Includes general performance and stability improvements.[133]

7.0.4[edit]

6.0.2 11B554a November 14, 2013
  • Stability and performance
  • Includes general performance and stability improvements.[133]

7.1[edit]

6.1 11D169b March 10, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-03-10)
  • Main menu
  • Includes ability to make hiding channels easier[133]
  • AirPlay
  • Security option to require that iOS devices or Macs be verified with a one-time, onscreen code before using AirPlay (requires iOS 7.1 or later on an iOS device or a Mac with OS X 10.9.2 or later).[133]
  • Adds support to allow an AirPlay device to discover Apple TV over Bluetooth in environments where multicast or Bonjour traffic is blocked on the network or the AirPlay device is on a different subnet.[133]
  • Remote app
  • View your purchased TV Shows and Movies in the Remote app and tap to play them instantly on Apple TV.[133]
  • Create and play iTunes Radio stations (requires Remote app version 4.2 or later).[133]
  • Stability and performance
  • Includes bug fixes, general performance and stability improvements.[133]

7.1.1[edit]

6.1.1 11D201c April 22, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-04-22)
  • Stability and performance
  • Includes general performance and stability improvements.[133]

7.1.2[edit]

6.2 11D257c June 30, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-30)
  • Stability and performance
  • Includes general performance and stability improvements.[133]
iOS Version Apple TV Software Build Release date Features

Notes[edit]

Major software bugs[edit]

iOS 4.x[edit]

Alarm clock bugs

The Alarm feature of the built in Clock app in the iPhone and iPod Touch has been plagued by major bugs in all versions of iOS 4. The first bug noticed was the "DST bug" which was first seen when some countries switched to/from daylight saving time from/to standard time in October/November 2010.[134][135] It caused recurring alarms to start going off an hour too early or late. Apple promised the bug would be fixed in iOS 4.2 but according to some reports it still exists even in iOS 4.3.1.[136]

The second alarm clock bug discovered was the "New Year's Day bug" which showed up on January 1, 2011 as well as January 1, 2012. It caused non-recurring alarms not to go off at all.[137] However two days after each New Year's Day, on January 3, 2011, they "magically" started working again. This bug was seemingly fixed in iOS 4.3.[138]

iOS 5.x[edit]

Battery

Apple has confirmed that several battery life bugs are negatively affecting battery life in iOS 5.[139] They attempted to fix these bugs with iOS 5.0.1 but the problem still remained.[140]

Wi-Fi

The launch of the iOS 5 update on October 12, 2011 (including iOS 5.0.1 released on November 10, 2011) led many users to report a major bug causing the device to lose Wi-Fi access. This problem has supposedly been fixed with the release of iOS 5.1.1[141][142]

SIM card

Some users of the iPhone 4S and iPad reported issues with the SIM card in the initial release of iOS 5,[143] and even though Apple attempted to fix these issues in version 5.0.1 build 9A406 (for iPhone 4S only), they still remain.[144]

Echo bugs

Some users of the iPhone 4/4S reported issues with having echo problems during phone call in the initial release of iOS 5, which causes echoes to appear randomly during phone calls made through earbuds. The other party in the call is generally unable to hear the conversation due to this problem.[145] The owners reported a "fix" that is to switch to speaker mode when echo happens then switch back (turn speaker off), which would get rid of the echo temporarily, but it might happen again within the same phone call. It is unclear that whether Apple attempted to fix this issue in version 5.0.1, but for many users this problem still remains after updating to 5.0.1. It appears that the new noise-cancelling microphone/technology might be the reason behind this bug.[citation needed] Apple has since released version 5.1.1 in an attempt to fix the problem.

iOS 6.x[edit]

Maps

See also: Apple Maps

Apple has admitted that there were several bugs in the mapping app on iOS 6, with cities in the wrong location, some places being missed off altogether, some places misnamed and places of interest in the sea.[146][147][148]

Bluetooth

Many users report a problem with Bluetooth audio streaming to a range of compatible devices. The sound cuts out every now and then for no apparent reason. As of October 2012, no solution has been provided by Apple.[149]

Location-based Reminders

Location-based reminders do not work for iPads, even though they were promised to work on cellular enabled devices.[150]

Cellular Network

A lot of users reporting problems with the iPhone 5 not reconnecting to the cellular network, when having lost connection for more than 5 minutes and staying at "No Service". As of December 2012, no solution has been provided by Apple and the problem was not solved with the 6.0.1 iOS release.[citation needed]

From iOS 6.1, new major bugs have been identified. The first was addressed when iOS 6.1.1 was released that "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S".[151]

Do Not Disturb

Many iPhone users experienced a bug with the Do Not Disturb feature when the calendar changed from 2012 to 2013. The feature would be left on past the scheduled time set by the user, allowing texts, notifications, and alarm settings to be missed. The bug was caused by a difference in formatting in the ISO calendar system versus the Gregorian calendar system.[152] Apple did not offer a quick software update for the bug, instead saying that the bug would fix itself on January 7, 2013.[153]

Microsoft Exchange

Another bug causes issues when iOS devices connect to a Microsoft Exchange server to retrieve email, resulting in message "mailbox server resources are consumed, log growth becomes excessive, memory and CPU use may increase significantly, and server performance is affected".[154] Microsoft have suggested several workarounds,[155] and Apple responded with a KnowledgeBase article describing the cause of the bug and a suggested temporary workaround, promising a fix in the near future,[156] which was then fixed with release of iOS 6.1.2.

Lockscreen bypass code

On iPhones, another bug found in 6.1 allowing bypassing the lock screen's passcode to temporarily gain full access to the Phone app, by performing a specific sequence of actions on the phone that remained unfixed,[157] with Apple acknowledging the bug[158] and then addressed with release of iOS 6.1.3.

Audio profile speakerphone

iPhone 5 users experienced dropped calls during the release of iOS 6.1.3 when there was an issue with the audio microphone profile. This also caused issues with many voice-over commands, including Siri, to get different results than expected or to fail easily. Apple fixed this bug with the release of iOS 6.1.4 to update the audio speaker profile so users would get better results.

FaceTime

Shortly when Apple released iOS 7, the new software unfortunately left the iPod Touch (4th generation) along with the iPhone 3GS. However, a FaceTime issue occurred in iOS 7.0.3 when video calls were failing for users while developers on the iPod Touch (4th generation) addressed this same issue, while no longer supported and stuck on iOS 6.1.3. Apple then fixed this bug with the release of iOS 6.1.5 for the iPod Touch (4th generation) on November 14, 2013, along with iOS 7.0.4 for iOS 7 devices for the same purpose. iOS 7.0.4 included bug fixes that occurred during the release of iOS 7 whereas iOS 6.1.5 did not include the bug improvements that appeared on iOS 6 when Apple did not realize, noticeably since iOS 5, that the echo bug has still occurred. For example, during a FaceTime call, echoes occur when a person tries to speak to the other person that he or she's talking to. Because of this, the sound takes longer for the person to hear than the other person speaking.

Data security

An attacker can collect or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS protocols. This same bug was also reported on iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 7.0.5 for the iPhone 5C & 5S. For the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 4th generation, iOS 6.1.6 was released to fix this issue since they are no longer supported. (see iOS 7.x)

iOS 7.x[edit]

In iOS 7, users that were running iPhone 4 through iPhone 5, iPad 2nd-4th generation, first-generation iPad Mini, and iPod Touch 5th generation have developed bugs that were previously retained since iOS 6. One example is the SSL/TLS protocol when the secure transport failed to verify certification authenticity. This caused the iPhone 3GS (initially ended with iOS 6.1.3) and the iPod Touch 4th generation (initially ended with iOS 6.1.5) to advance one update to iOS 6.1.6.

Lockscreen bypass bugs

People are able to bypass the lockscreen. This flaw was discovered within hours of it becoming publicly available. The exploit is only able to be done on the iPhone 4S and 5 with the 5S and 5C safe from this bug. The access is caused by the ability to use the control center via the lock screen, this feature is able to be turned off.[159]

Motion Sickness

Users complained about dizziness and vertigo-like symptoms when using this operating system.[160]

Creation of CardDAV Accounts not working

Creating a CardDAV Account contains a bug that needs manual fixing of the CardDAV-Server-URL.[161]

Battery drain problems

Issues with battery drain while devices were in sleep mode.[162]

FaceTime

Issues with video-calling and connection errors. (See iOS 6.x)

Safari ignores local domain

Local domain names can no longer be resolved in Safari.[163][164] This breaks short names on the local network, e.g. 'nas' for nas.<ourdomain>.

Home screen crashes

Users have reported various crashes of Springboard.app, the core service that renders the home screen icons, Notification Center, Control Center, Siri and the lockscreen.[165]

Data security

Secure transport failed to validate the authenticity of connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps. This may cause an attacker with a privileged network position to capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.[166] Those running iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, first-generation iPad Mini and later, and iPod Touch (5th generation) had this issue addressed by the release of iOS 7.0.6.

Battery Indicator stuck until reboot

iPhone 4S users report experiencing problems with the battery indicator; the indicator will freeze at the same value until next restart.[167][168]

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

iPhone 4s users are reporting that after the update to iOS 7 their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can not be activated.

Phone and FaceTime History In iOS 7.1.1, particularly on iPhone 5, the recent history data in both these applications cannot be deleted.

Ringer When using earphones on iOS 7.1.1 on iPhone 5, the ringer for any incoming alert (phone, messages etc.) only sounds on the phone speaker and not in the earpiece of the earphone. When you are in a crowded place, and vibrating phone does not suffice, the ringer will fail as well, one will not hear anything in the earphone.

Music Application In iOS 7.1.1 on iPhone 5, when users are listening to music via an auxiliary cable, the music continues to play after the cable has been unplugged. Previously, the music would pause.

Weather The weather application displays the closest city of the current location instead of actual city of the current location. This may be an issue that Yahoo! might have not yet resolved.

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