iOS Messaging Bug Can Freeze Your iPhone

A software developer has uncovered a new bug in iOS that can freeze and crash an iPhone whenever it receives a specially crafted web link.

The bug involves the Messages app, which conveniently loads a preview of any web link it receives. However, developer Abraham Masri found that he could exploit this previewing function to essentially overload the app.

He did so by creating a special webpage that loads with “hundreds of thousands of characters” inside its internal code, Masri told BuzzFeed. The sheer amount of characters will not only overwhelm the Messages app when it tries to preload them, but force the whole phone to stall.

He did so by creating a special webpage that loads with “hundreds of thousands of characters” inside its internal code, Masri

BuzzFeed. The sheer amount of characters will not only overwhelm the Messages app when it tries to preload them, but force the whole phone to stall.

Masri tweeted about the bug on Tuesday. But to prove his point, he also posted a link to his special webpage, letting anyone test it out.

” Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient’s device, and possibly restart it,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Do not use it for bad stuff.”

However, iPhone owners who tested the bug have posted videos to YouTube showing that it does work. The victim doesn’t even have to open the Messages app for the hack to take effect.

to YouTube showing that it does work. The victim doesn’t even have to open the Messages app for the hack to take effect.

The good news is that restarting the device will usually clear the problem, but the Messages app may refuse to open. (Visiting this link from a French developer over the iPhone, and then deleting the tainted message, can supposedly solve the problem. A video demonstrating the fix can be found here .) Unfortunately, iPhones hit with attack may lose their saved text messages, so it’s probably not a good idea to test out the bug for amusement’s sake.

The good news is that restarting the device will usually clear the problem, but the Messages app may refuse to open. (Visiting this

from a French developer over the iPhone, and then deleting the tainted message, can supposedly solve the problem. A video demonstrating the fix can be found

.) Unfortunately, iPhones hit with attack may lose their saved text messages, so it’s probably not a good idea to test out the bug for amusement’s sake.

The flaw affects iOS versions 10.0 to 11.2.5 beta 5. On Thursday, Apple said a fix is coming in a software update next week. In the meantime, Masri is declining to re-upload his specially crafted webpage, however copies of it still exist.

It isn’t first the bug to hit Apple’s Messages app. In 2015, it was found that a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters sent to an iPhone can also crash the device.

that a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters sent to an iPhone can also crash the device.

See Also : iOS version history – Wikipedia

iOS is a mobile operating system, developed by Apple Inc. for iPhone , iPad , and iPod Touch . Updates for iOS are released through the iTunes software, and, since iOS 5 , via over-the-air software updates. With the announcement of iOS 5.0 on June 6, 2011, a USB connection to iTunes was no longer needed to activate iOS devices; data synchronization can happen automatically and wirelessly through Apple’s iCloud service. Major new iOS releases are announced yearly during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and are usually released in September of the same year, usually coinciding with the release of new iPhone models. The current stable release, iOS 11.2.5 , was released on January 23, 2018.

software updates. With the announcement of iOS 5.0 on June 6, 2011, a USB connection to iTunes was no longer needed to activate iOS devices; data synchronization can happen automatically and wirelessly through Apple’s

(WWDC), and are usually released in September of the same year, usually coinciding with the release of new

June 2007 saw the official first version release of what eventually became iOS – concurrently with the first iPhone. iOS did not have an official name until the official release of the iPhone software development kit ( iPhone SDK ) on March 6, 2008. Before then, Apple marketing simply stated that iPhone ran a version of Mac OS X made specifically for iPhone. [1] When iOS was introduced, it was named iPhone OS . It was officially renamed iOS on June 7, 2010 with the announcement and introduction of iPad. The introduction of iPad, and the existence of iPod Touch, meant the iPhone was no longer the only device to run the mobile operating system. iOS 4 was the first major iOS release that reflected the name change. [2] Apple licensed the “iOS” trademark from Cisco Systems . [3]

June 2007 saw the official first version release of what eventually became iOS – concurrently with the first iPhone. iOS did not have an official name until the official release of the iPhone software development kit (

. It was officially renamed iOS on June 7, 2010 with the announcement and introduction of iPad. The introduction of iPad, and the existence of iPod Touch, meant the iPhone was no longer the only device to run the mobile operating system. iOS 4 was the first major iOS release that reflected the name change.

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 money for iPod Touch updates. [4]

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 money for iPod Touch updates.

As of 2017, two versions of iOS were never released. iPhone OS 1.2, which after the first beta was replaced by a 2.0 version number; the second beta was named 2.0 beta 2 instead of 1.2 beta 2. 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 golden masters (4.2 GM and 4.2.1 GM). [5] One version of iOS was pulled back by Apple after being released. iOS 8.0.1 was pulled back by Apple because cellular service and Touch ID were disabled on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

As of 2017, two versions of iOS were never released. iPhone OS 1.2, which after the first beta was replaced by a 2.0 version number; the second beta was named 2.0 beta 2 instead of 1.2 beta 2. The other was iOS 4.2, replaced with 4.2.1 due to a Wi-Fi bug in 4.2 beta 3, causing

being released. iOS 8.0.1 was pulled back by Apple because cellular service and Touch ID were disabled on

Apple announced iPhone OS 1 at the iPhone keynote on January 9, 2007, and it was released to the public alongside the original iPhone on June 29, 2007. No official name was given on its initial release; Apple marketing literature simply stated the iPhone runs a version of Apple’s desktop operating system, OS X . [6] The release of iPhone OS 1.1 brought support for the iPod touch (1st generation). iPhone OS 1.1.5 is the final version of iPhone OS 1. Support of iPhone OS 1 ended in 2010.

at the iPhone keynote on January 9, 2007, and it was released to the public alongside the original iPhone on June 29, 2007. No official name was given on its initial release; Apple marketing literature simply stated the iPhone runs a version of Apple’s desktop operating system,

The release of iPhone OS 1.1 brought support for the iPod touch (1st generation). iPhone OS 1.1.5 is the final version of iPhone OS 1. Support of iPhone OS 1 ended in 2010.

iPod: Create playlists, organized by albums, artists, and genres, listen to songs and audiobooks, and watch videos and podcasts

on iPhone gains the ‘Locate Me’ feature which can determine the phone’s approximate location, using a combination of cellular triangulation and

Incoming SMS messages now prompts the user to “Close” or “Reply” (formerly “Ignore” or “Reply”). Pressing either option now marks the message as “seen”.

Ability to listen to music through a Bluetooth headset by going to the voicemail and choosing “Bluetooth” as the audio source no longer works (still works as long as phone is not locked or voicemail screen is active).

Apple announced iPhone OS 2 , at the iPhone software roadmap keynote in March, 2008, and it was released to the public on July 11, 2008 alongside the iPhone 3G . Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 2 was compatible with all iOS devices released up to that time. The release of iPhone OS 2.1.1 brought support for the iPod touch (2nd generation). iPhone OS 2.2.1 is the final version of iPhone OS 2. Support of iPhone OS 2 ended in 2011.

, at the iPhone software roadmap keynote in March, 2008, and it was released to the public on July 11, 2008 alongside the

. Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 2 was compatible with all iOS devices released up to that time. The release of iPhone OS 2.1.1 brought support for the iPod touch (2nd generation). iPhone OS 2.2.1 is the final version of iPhone OS 2. Support of iPhone OS 2 ended in 2011.

Multiple calendars supported in Calendar with colour-coding (desktop colours only preserved if using Mobile Me).

Updated calculator with extra features in portrait mode, a scientific calculator in landscape mode and an updated icon.

Auto-correct now appears above the text instead of below (fixing a usability problem people were having where auto-correct would appear above the first row of keys).

SMS app can alert up to two additional times if you don’t acknowledge an incoming text message (will play the alert sound/vibrate again after a period of time as if a new message just came in).

Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts (after 5 attempts, the device will disable itself for 1 minute. After the 6th attempt, it will disable itself for 5 minutes. In the 10th attempt, it will wipe all data).

More information provided within iPod Music lists (artist and album are now shown below song title when selecting music in addition to remaining time on podcasts).

New podcasts & videos had “filled” blue bubbles next to them to indicate that they were new, now if you have “half-played” a podcast or video, it will include a half filled blue bubble.

Settings for individual speaker sounds. Sounds can no longer be turned off en masse. All sounds must be turned off individually to mute sounds.

Application icons display the install progress “in place” while updating, rather than on the last position of the page.

US phone numbers now group correctly (e.g., 1111 2222, formerly this would have shown as 1 111222 2).

Podcasts are now available for download or stream in the iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular networks).

Apple announced iPhone OS 3 in March, 2009, and it was released to the public on June 17, 2009 alongside the iPhone 3GS . Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 3 was compatible with all iOS devices released up to that time, but not all features were available on the original iPhone. The final release supported on the original iPhone and iPod Touch is iPhone OS 3.1.3. [33] The first iPad was introduced along with iOS 3.2. [34] Support of iPhone OS 3 ended in 2012.

. Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 3 was compatible with all iOS devices released up to that time, but not all features were available on the original iPhone. The final release supported on the original iPhone and iPod Touch is iPhone OS 3.1.3.

Features iPhone users got in 2.2 now added for the iPod Touch (e.g. Google Street View, public transit and walking directions, display address of dropped pin, share location via email, and cache of recent locations). Changed behaviour when routing directions and showing steps.

Landscape mode that enabled viewing detailed price and change information by dragging one or two fingers across the full-screen chart.

Metadata display for detailed information about the symbol, including full company/fund name, market capitalisation, price to earning ratio, dividend yield, and statistics about the day and year price range.

Ability to change/set “own number” (my number) in the SIM card. Will be displayed in the Contacts list and iTunes, and possibly used for MMS identification.

Installs new apps from the second home page on. You can still move the apps to the first home page manually.

MobileMe now has a “Find My iPhone” option, allowing MobileMe users (via the online service) to remotely locate device and wipe data.

Mail can now be composed in other apps without leaving the current app (only if the developer allows this).

The last page is now closable, which will result in a new blank page opening (won’t save page info on exit, increases available memory).

PAN: personal networking for tethering and ad-hoc connections between mobile devices (multi-player gaming).

Scrubbing through tracks can now be done at 4 variable rates as user moves finger down the screen, and the speed is displayed on screen (“Hi-Speed”, “Half Speed”, “Quarter Speed”, “Fine”).

(When Bluetooth is enabled and a paired audio device is present) Audio output menu added to “Now Playing” screen and Home button iPod controls.

USB tethering auto activated when connected to USB on iTunes 8.2+ (if tethering is enabled in iPhone settings and by phone’s carrier).

gesture-based screen reader. Touch screen to hear a description of the item under your finger, then double-tap, drag, or flick to control iPhone. Speaks 21 languages and works with all apps.

Zoom, magnifies entire screen on any app up to 5 times normal size. Move left, right, up, and down to view any portion of the screen close-up.

White on Black, changes display to white on black (instead of the normal black on white), works in any app, and alongside with Zoom and VoiceOver.

Mono Audio, if users hearing is limited in one ear, routes both right- and left-channel audio into both earbuds, so you can hear both channels in either ear.

Speak Auto-text, works with VoiceOver to automatically speak auto-corrections and auto-capitalisations.

Restrictions have been updated and now block “Current Location” and allows setting what content is appropriate for iPod music/videos/TV shows and apps.

11 home screen pages instead of 9. Now can store 180 apps (including native applications. i.e. Phone, iPod, Safari).

Stopwatch now shows both the total running time and the current lap time in the upper part of the clock app.

Holding the home button will no longer force quit an unresponsive application. To force quit an application in 3.0 hold the sleep/wake button until the red power off slider appears. Then hold down the home button to quit the unresponsive application.

Screen captures are no longer numbered separately from photos taken with the camera application; all new images in the camera roll now use a common numbering sequence.

Free update for all iPhone owners and $4.95 for iPod Touch users who have not updated to iPhone OS 3.0.

Trimming video clips on the iPhone 3GS now offers the ability to save the edited version as a copy rather than simply overwriting the original file.

On iPod Touch (2nd generation) the Voice Memos app now successfully records audio if you plug your microphone after you have started the application.

Numbers inside Notes have more options when tap and hold is triggered: Call, Text Message, Create New Contact, Add to Existing Contact.

Voice control over Bluetooth is now available, allowing users to initiate calls and control music playback via Bluetooth headsets (however, voice control while plugged into car audio systems no longer works).

A pair of new app interface classes that are known to relate to graphics, but which haven’t had their functions identified.

Enables connectivity to devices for development purposes wirelessly instead of needing tethering via the dock connector.

Allows transferring files between a computer and the device for a shared (per app) document store that all applications can access (iOS file sharing). Only available for the iPad.

new thumbnail view allows users to navigate to up to nine active pages (similar to Top Sites on Safari for

Bug fix in Mail so it does not crash any more when doing copy-and-paste from a one-page PDF document.

Apple announced iOS 4 in March, 2010 and it was released to the public on June 21, 2010 alongside the iPhone 4. With this release, Apple dropped support for the original iPhone and iPod touch, the first time they had done this. All other devices from the iPhone 3G onwards and the iPod touch (2nd generation) onward are supported. However, iOS 4 has limited support for the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (2nd generation), as they lack of multitasking capabilities and the ability to set a home screen wallpaper. It is also the first major iOS release that iPod Touch users did not have to pay for. The release of iOS 4.2.1 brought compatibility to the original iPad and is the final supported release on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch (2nd generation) due to major performance issues. The release of iOS 4.3 brought iPad 2 compatibility. [48] [49] Support of iOS 4 ended in 2013.

in March, 2010 and it was released to the public on June 21, 2010 alongside the iPhone 4. With this release, Apple dropped support for the original iPhone and iPod touch, the first time they had done this. All other devices from the iPhone 3G onwards and the iPod touch (2nd generation) onward are supported. However, iOS 4 has limited support for the

(2nd generation), as they lack of multitasking capabilities and the ability to set a home screen wallpaper. It is also the first major iOS release that iPod Touch users did not have to pay for. The release of iOS 4.2.1 brought compatibility to the original iPad and is the final supported release on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch (2nd generation) due to major performance issues. The release of iOS 4.3 brought

direct video calling ability over Wi-Fi (iPhone 4 and later, iPod Touch (4th generation), and OS X users).

iOS 4.2 was replaced because of a Wi-Fi bug in beta 3, causing Apple to release two golden master candidates (4.2 GM and 4.2.1 GM)

Fixes glitch that can let a user get into the Phone app while the phone is locked via “Emergency Call” by dialing a random number and quickly pressing the lock button after dialing that call.

Fixes the alarm bug caused by daylight saving time changing, affected on a part of iPhone and iPod Touch owners living in various countries.

screen rotation lock switch is converted into a sound/silent switch in iOS 4.2 (just like on the iPhones), with a virtual screen rotation lock switch added to the multitasking tray.

Disabled the possibility of viewing a maliciously crafted PDF file that may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

Ability to cancel and delete an app which is currently downloading. Before iOS 4.3, it was only possible to delete an app which had already downloaded.

(part of the official GSM standard since phase 2+ release 96) and gives a more accurate time for the device, it updates about every five days (iPhone only).

refresh button has been removed & updated information has been displayed in bottom of the screen (it updates every 4-6 seconds).

Addressed issue where the keyboard could not be brought back when highlighting and swiping through search results.

Fixed issue where Exchange redirection does not occur when ActiveSync server is on an Exchange 2010 server and user mailbox is on Exchange 2007.

Disabled the possibility of viewing a maliciously crafted PDF file that may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

Apple announced iOS 5 on June 6, 2011 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on October 12, 2011 alongside the iPhone 4s. [74] Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release, as this had already been done with the release of iOS 4.3 seven months earlier. Therefore, iOS 5 was released for the iPhone 3GS onwards, iPod Touch (3rd generation) onwards, and both iPad , models. [75] The release of iOS 5.1 brought support for the iPad (3rd generation). iOS 5.1.1 is the final release supported for the iPad (1st generation) and iPod Touch (3rd generation). Support of iOS 5 ended in 2014.

on June 6, 2011 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on October 12, 2011 alongside the

Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release, as this had already been done with the release of iOS 4.3 seven months earlier. Therefore, iOS 5 was released for the

: swipe downwards from the status bar to open it. Notification center shows a list of all notifications and widgets (widgets available only on iPhone & iPod Touch).

Choose Notification Type: Banner notifications, the classic pop-up notifications, or no notification at all (selectable on an app-by-app basis).

Messaging between all iOS devices running iOS 5 through Wi-Fi or 3G. Allows to send text, photos, videos, contacts, and locations.

and conversations will be synced between all iOS devices linked under a single Apple ID. You can start a conversation on one device and continue it on another.

Ability to set how many times an alert will be shown when a new message is received (ranges from once to ten times).

The name of the person that responds appears in small light blue text directly above the response when SMS is sent to a group.

Hide keyboard; hidden by downwards scrolling in message screen (after being used to type a message). Unhidden again by tapping in text entry field.

Subscriptions to newspapers and magazines available for browsing and downloading in a dedicated section of the App Store, stored in the Newsstand folder.

Location-based reminder notifications that can be set to when you leave, or arrive a specified area (

Tweeting from native applications: Photos, Camera, YouTube, Maps, and Safari using new Tweet Sheet which supports multiple accounts.

iPod app now split and renamed to Music and Videos (iPhone and iPad only; was always split on the iPod Touch).

Volume-up key as shutter release button to take photos (also works using headphone remote volume up button). Also works for starting/stopping recording of videos.

Shortcut to Camera app from lock screen, accessed by double-clicking the home button (iPhone 3GS & later and iPod Touch 4th generation only).

New Camera button on Photos app that returns to Camera instead of a “Done” button (was on OS before this) to close the Camera Roll.

Creating new Event, now an “Invitees” field; takes to screen for multiple email address entry, emails sent to all invitees once event is saved.

Invitee can “Accept”/”Decline”/”Maybe”; reply sent to iCloud servers then reflected for all invitees to see.

Share calendars through iCloud with friends and family. Edits made by subscribers to that calendar are updated and pushed to other subscribers of that calendar (can be disabled by the creator of the calendar and locked so others cannot make edits).

While reading an email you can swipe right to open a list of messages and swipe left to bring back the open email message again.

If you have multiple email accounts configured in Mail.app, swipe left or right from one’s mailboxes folder list, it will take you to another account’s mailboxes.

Support for three popular Chinese email services: Tencent’s QQ Mail, and Netease’s 163.com & 126.com mail inboxes.

Ability to sync pictures taken on one iOS device automatically with other iOS 5 devices using Photo Stream.

Safari Reader: new “Reader” icon appears in address bar if Safari detects a webpage article, removing need to click-through to each page. Scrollable window sheet appears over current webpage showing all article pages together separated by page breaks, removing ads and page clutter.

: a new area of the bookmarks window has been added, purposed for pages you might want to read later. New pages can be added from a new option in the action menu or when long-pressing on a link.

Ability to replace a word with a word from a list of similarly spelled words spellings when typing in a text box on a web page.

iTunes, iBooks (books & progress), App Store, Photo, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Mail, Safari (Bookmarks & Reading List), Settings, app data, iWork, and backup data; saved in iCloud to automatically or manually download to all linked devices (iOS & Mac/Windows PCs).

All iMessages and conversations will be synced between all iOS devices linked under a single Apple ID. You can start a conversation on one device and continue it on another.

New menu under Location Services, named System Services, where some services can be toggled on or off (such as setting the time-zone, location-based iAds, Diagnostics, etc.).

Can select which type of notification will be used for each app: banner notification, classic pop-up style notification, or no notification.

In the “Messages” section, the “Alerts”, “Show Preview”, and “Repeat Alert” options have been removed.

Software Update menu added. This allows easier and faster updating of devices independently, without a computer with iTunes installed; the update downloads directly to the iOS device; needs Wi-Fi or cellular network connection.

New purchases Settings; automatically download new purchases made on other devices (for music, apps, and books). This can also be enabled or disabled for use on cellular when not connected to Wi-Fi.

Ability to create keyboard shortcuts to replace custom phrases. By default includes “omw” which expands to “On my way!”.

New keyboard with prominent # (hash-tag) and @ (mention) buttons for Twitter app similar to the “.com” button when entering an address into the Safari address bar.

Ability to start fresh with no need to tether it to iTunes. Option to restore all data on a device from an iCloud backup through a simple

Ability to wirelessly sync to iTunes over Wi-Fi added (an initial tethered sync is needed to pair them together and the setting must be enabled in iTunes).

updates: from iOS 5 forward, devices can now self-update the system software right on the device itself through Wi-Fi or 3G; no iTunes or computer needed.

Shows “Install” instead of the price for formerly purchased apps. Shows “Installed” for installed apps.

Built-in system-wide dictionary; in the typical Cut/Copy/Paste pop-up when selecting text, there is a new option to “Define”. Define brings up a view with definition of the selected word.

Fixed a bug that caused a song to crash for a second while switching to another application in the multitasking tray.

Switching the ringer switch to “on”, the indicator now shows the volume level bar (iPhone & iPad only).

Screenshots are saved using the device’s orientation (formerly, all screenshots were saved as if the device was in portrait mode).

Option to display Stock & Weather widgets in Notification Center. Swipe weather left or right to get five-day forecast.

Placeholder text indicates whether sending “iMessage” or “Text Message” (i.e. SMS/MMS message) in Messages.

Tapping and holding the back or forward buttons in Safari will show recently visited website history.

Quickly skip to prior or next track by swiping left or right (respectively) on album art when in the Now Playing screen in the Music app.

Ability to connect with AirPlay to an Apple TV; whatever is displayed on an iOS devices screen is mirrored on the TV.

Activates the LED camera flash, whether the speaker is muted or not, for incoming calls and messages, when activated within the Accessibility sub-menu.

Introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should not be backed up.iPhone 4S only (Build 9A406)

“Sleep iPod” function in clock application changed to “Stop Playing”, this function also works for applications other than Music.

Camera shortcut on lock screen now always present, and has a new slide-up gesture to activate (iPhone & iPod Touch only).

Fixes iPhone 4S support for Caller ID Name Display (on supported carriers – e.g. Rogers & Fido in Canada).

Bookmarks list no longer automatically displayed on browser opening if there are no open pages in Safari.

A string format exploit in an application named racoon that allowed executing unsigned code at boot-up is fixed.

A flaw that was executed by mounting a maliciously crafted disk image and may lead to a device shutdown or arbitrary code execution is now fixed.

dictation support during text input “on supported devices” (iPhone 4S in 2011, iPad (3rd generation) in 2012).

Podcast playback position now synced between iOS devices (presumably via iCloud).iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S only

Apple announced iOS 6 on June 11, 2012 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2012 alongside the iPhone 5 , iPod Touch (5th generation) , and iPad (4th generation) . With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPod Touch (3rd generation), and the iPad (1st generation) . All other devices from the iPhone 3GS onwards; the iPod Touch (4th generation) onwards; the iPad 2 onwards; and the iPad mini (1st generation) are supported. [86] However, iOS 6 has limited support on the iPhone 3GS , iPad 2 , and iPod Touch (4th generation) . iOS 6.1.6 is the final release supported for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation). Support of iOS 6 ended in 2015.

Additional country and language support for Canada (English and Canadian French), China (Mandarin), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Italy (Italian), Korea (Korean), Mexico (Spanish), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Taiwan (Mandarin), US (Spanish).

Siri can provide information on movies like find movie reviews, ask about actors and actresses, play a movie trailer, get showtimes for movies and find a theater/cinema.

“Eyes Free”, allowing car companies to build-in Siri integration; with a mic button on steering wheel, and for launching Siri functions, and screen disabling during Eyes Free mode.

Share to Facebook from Share button and apps can access Facebook accounts; similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5.

New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.

Passes are updated in real time if changes are made (e.g. spending money on a store card, flight time, gate change, etc.).

Shared Photo Streams. Photos can be shared with other contacts. Photos shared can be commented on and liked. Notifications are enabled for when a contact shares a photo with the user.

Sharing menu has options for Twitter, Facebook, Weibo (when Chinese keyboard is enabled), Copy, Slideshow, AirPlay, Use as Wallpaper, Print.

Redesigned rewind, play/pause, and fast forward controls (videos kept the same touch controls from prior iOS software.)

Added “Do Not Disturb” mode, allowing users to avoid calls and notifications unless calling parties are on the user’s Favorites group. A crescent moon icon will appear in the status bar when enabled. Has no effect when the screen is on.

New Privacy Controls. Apps must now ask for permission to access the users photos, calendars, contacts and reminders.

In the Usage menu, Time Since Last Full Charge, showing “Usage” and “Standby” time, is now available for all devices.

Maps menu for changing voice volume, map label language, label size, and distance units (iPhone 4S and later, iPad 2 and later, & iPod Touch (5th generation)).

“Advertising” option added under “About”, just above “Diagnostics & Usage” to enable or disable advertising networks from serving you “targeted ads”.

Adds phone icon on lock screen for showing additional ignoring options, similar to the camera sliding icon on the lock screen in iOS 5.1.

When ignoring a call, the user can message the caller by sending one of three customizable quick SMS responses or set a Reminder to call them back later.

Phone call doesn’t take up the entire lock screen when a call is incoming. (QuietIncomingCallsonLock)

(iPhone 4S and later, iPad 2 and later, & iPod Touch (5th generation)), voice directions (iPhone 4S and later only).

Lock Screen integration for turn-by-turn navigation (iPhone 4S and later, & iPad 2 and later), voice directions (iPhone 4S and later only).

Yelp! integration available for businesses provides reviews and information on the business. Allows the user to launch Yelp! app from Maps.

Traffic crowd sourcing with anonymous data sent from all iPhones, also adds events of traffic slow-down. Re-routing around traffic accidents and road work.

Tapping search bar will automatically give you directions from current location to back home, can be changed.

Holding the Compose button now shows a list of all draft messages, rather than just the most recent draft message.

Location based reminders (iPad (3rd generation); formerly only available for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S) (option removed in Golden Master).

Offline Reading List caches the user’s Reading List for later use, even when not connected to the Internet (not available for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation)).

Smart App Banners: Banners on mobile webpages prompt users to download the website’s native App Store counterpart in the App Store.

Bookmarks window now displays tabs along the bottom of the window to switch between viewing “Bookmarks”, “History” and “Reading List”; formerly was listed all in one source list (iPad 2 and later only).

Bookmarks button changes to Reading List icon with a progress bar when updating the Reading List for offline use (iPad 2 and later only).

Long press the “Back” or “Forward” button to reveal the browsing history (for iPhone 3GS and later, iPod Touch (4th generation) and later. formerly only available for iPad since iOS 5.x).

Installing an app no longer returns the user to the home screen; apps will download and install while continuing to browse the store.

Already installed apps now show an “Open” button that can be tapped to open the respective app, as can tapping the app’s icon.

Developer page on the bottom of app details screen (now available for iPhone and iPod Touch; formerly only available for iPad).

When in use, infers language from context, and when no context is available, offers a choice. Pause/resume is available.

Lost Mode: If an iOS device is lost, Lost Mode triggers an attention grabbing sound, prompting the person who finds the iPhone to call a specific number set by the owner remotely.

Status bar reflects the color of the top-most banner in 3rd party apps. (iPhone and iPod Touch only)

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Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod Touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks.

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will automatically add a sample pass explaining passbook functionality. The pass text changes slightly for users in British English speaking countries, changing “movie tickets” to “cinema tickets” in the first sentence, and “theaters” to “cinemas” in the last sentence.

When setting up an iOS device for the first time with iCloud, it will now ask you to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages. It will also ask you to confirm how you’d like people to reach you, and tells you that you can change these settings at any time later on.

Fixed an iPhone 5 bug that prevented the phone from reconnecting to the cellular network when it lost connection for an extended amount of time.

Fixed a Bluetooth A2DP trigger delay – the beginning of the audio stream cut off (e.g. when navigating turn-by-turn, you heard “HT in .5 miles” instead of “TURN RIGHT in .5 miles” in your A2DP headset/speakers)

Fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.

Fixes an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users on the iPod Touch (4th generation).

statement in the source code that caused critical parts of the certificate verification code to become

Apple announced iOS 7 on June 10, 2013 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 18, 2013 alongside the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S . With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 3GS (due to hardware limitations) and the iPod Touch (4th generation) (due to performance issues). All other devices from the iPhone 4 onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards are supported. However, iOS 7 has limited support on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 since they do not support Siri. The release of iOS 7.0.3 brought support for the iPad Air and iPad mini 2. iOS 7.1.2 is the final release on the iPhone 4. Support of iOS 7 ended in 2016.

onwards are supported. However, iOS 7 has limited support on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 since they do not support Siri. The release of iOS 7.0.3 brought support for the iPad Air and iPad mini 2. iOS 7.1.2 is the final release on the iPhone 4. Support of iOS 7 ended in 2016.

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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).

Translucent design in tab bar, navigation bar, status bar, system keyboard, Control Center, and Notification Center (some translucent layers not on the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 due to hardware constraints).

Enhance the viewing experience of non-iPad apps on iPad 2 and iPad mini, remove the 1x and 2x toggle, apps are opened in ‘2x’ mode by default on iPad 2 and mini.

A unified screen to quickly access toggles and controls for system settings and services, and for using

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).

Today tab, for previewing the events calendar, stocks, and tomorrow’s events; provides traffic info on oft-visited places.

Missed filter: can filter list to see notifications that occurred when phone was not actively in use.

Folders change color when apps are downloading and clock-like animated progress graphic is superimposed over folders that have actively downloading apps.

Redesigned switcher, with horizontal scrolling for previewing all running apps, and swipe upward gesture to stop any running apps.

Background App Refresh; fetches data in the background based on network connectivity and user habits.

Phone History and Voicemail Info options allow one to return the call in multiple ways including call back, FaceTime and Messaging.

“Chat”, “FaceTime”, “Mail” buttons next to the contact information; no longer need to scroll down to the bottom.

Ability to see exact time of when each message was sent by dragging conversation bubbles to the left.

Preview tabs use new 3D vertical animation for previewing the opened tabs; long press to edit positions, swipe to remove.

Private button: enables “Do not track me” feature per website within the app; formerly, configuration appeared in Settings for every website.

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.

Automatic Day/Night Mode that responds to ambient light and current time to switch between day and night color schemes.

It is now possible to download older versions of apps (the last compatible version supported by the device legacy firmware).

Control redesign: swipe horizontally to select the still images, videos, square photos, and Panorama modes (if available).

When selecting a target folder while moving an email, an iconic image of the email above the folder selector appears.

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.

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.

, a new class of Bluetooth LE low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify devices of other nearby devices/services.

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.”

Charging the battery: rather than battery image on the lock screen, x% charged briefly appears under the clock, then reverts to the date.

The unlock sound from prior iOS releases up to iOS 6 is no longer present. From now on, whenever one either correctly inputs a passcode or simply slide to unlock on the lock screen, no sound will play when unlocking a device’s lock screen.

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Bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users.

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Includes Siri integration (eyes-free/hands-free modes), satellite navigation, telephone, music, and iMessage integration.

Support for resuming audio playback in Bluetooth car stereo systems(that do not support CarPlay) while using Turn-By-Turn navigation in Maps.

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.

Notification Center now displays “No Notifications” and “No Missed Notifications” for the “All” and “Missed” sections respectively when there are no notifications.

The slide-to-power-off UI has been redesigned; the shape of the slider is circular and the thing that says “slide to power off” is oval in shape. Same with the “slide to answer” slider in the Phone and FaceTime apps.

7 jailbreak. This firmware, along with iOS 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 can be jailbroken via the Pangu jailbreak.

function in Settings app is introduced. This function reduces the motion of the UI and disables the parallax effects.

Touch ID fingerprint recognition is disabled when rebooting, turning Touch ID on and off; even restoring or resetting the device does not solve the problem.

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Fixes the bug in which the “1” badge was stuck on the Settings app even after updating to the latest version of iOS

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Apple announced iOS 8 on June 2, 2014, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2014 alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for only one device, the iPhone 4 . All other devices from the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards are supported. However, iOS 8 has limited support on the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and the iPod Touch (5th generation), and Apple received widespread complaints of extremely poor/slow performance from owners of these devices. The release of iOS 8.1 brought support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and the release of iOS 8.4 brought support for the iPod touch (6th generation). iOS 8.3 was also the first version of iOS to have public beta testing be available. The final version of iOS 8 is iOS 8.4.1. Support for iOS 8 ended in 2017.

(WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2014 alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for only one device, the

onwards are supported. However, iOS 8 has limited support on the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and the iPod Touch (5th generation), and Apple received widespread complaints of extremely poor/slow performance from owners of these devices. The release of iOS 8.1 brought support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and the release of iOS 8.4 brought support for the iPod touch (6th generation). iOS 8.3 was also the first version of iOS to have public beta testing be available. The final version of iOS 8 is iOS 8.4.1. Support for iOS 8 ended in 2017.

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Photo Library – all photos and videos are automatically available in the iCloud Photo Library, and is consistent on all the linked devices automatically.

– various files that are being written or worked on are automatically saved in iCloud Drive and is consistent on all linked devices automatically, including a Mac or PC.

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 list of everyone participating in a message thread is listed with buttons to call, FaceTime and view their full contact card.

Can share location with an individual or group for one hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely until you choose to stop.

The faces of recently conversed people now appears above the open applications, and with a swipe to the right one can also access their favorites.

Improved animation system. Gestures such as bringing down Notification Center won’t be blocked by an animation, such as the home screen icons flying in.

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).

Individual threads can be set as VIP so that the user will receive a notification when a reply is received.

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.

A search function to search through all open tabs has been added in Tab view on iPad and select iPhones.

New Sidebar that slides out to reveal bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links on iPads and select iPhones in landscape view.

Background location notifications – popup asking to “continue to allow” apps accessing Location information while running in the background.

Camera Roll and My Photo Stream removed and replaced by “Recently Added, Videos, Recently Deleted” albums.

Audio iMessages received while the phone is locked can be listened to by raising to listen and responded to by raising to respond.

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).

Smiley icon for when emoji keyboard is the only alternate keyboard set up. Becomes a globe icon when multiple keyboards are set up.

iOS 6 keyboard no longer appears in apps that are not optimized or updated to a version optimized for iOS 7 or higher.

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.

Family Sharing can automatically share the user’s location with the family members, or keep their location hidden.

One can create an Emergency card with medicinal details, from within either the application or the lock screen.

Handoff – start writing an email or surfing a website on one device, then continue on another device, for devices connected to the same iCloud account.

from an iPhone on an iPad or a Mac (all devices must run iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite, and be 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.

Camera API – third-party camera apps can have precise control over exposure, focus, and white balance.

Communicate with configured accessories and services to get them to perform actions, such as turning on the lights in the living room.

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).

Photo Editing – edit a photo or video in Apple’s Photos app with extensions from a third-party apps.

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).

“Display and Brightness”: Brightness settings were moved here and Text Size and Bold Text from General and Accessibility is now included.

Wi-Fi network scanning will use random, locally administered MAC addresses, to aid users’ security/privacy concerns.

New definition dictionaries for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Hindi localization.

Patches the ability to access the .app folder within App Store and 3rd-party apps through device file explorer programs such as iExplorer or iFunbox on non-jailbroken devices.

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Update withdrawn due to an issue that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.

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Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Last firmware in iOS which the “date trick” is still present, allowing unauthorized apps (such as emulators) to be installed from the Safari app.

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Resolves issues with Wi-Fi performance that could occur when connected to some base stations, like the

Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G, 4G, or LTE networks for cellular data on certain carriers (iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) only).

Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on tone until dialing another number.

Improves reliability when using handwriting, Bluetooth keyboards, and Braille displays with VoiceOver.

Patches the “date trick” for apps like GBA4iOS. Emulators (for non-jailbroken devices) can still be installed on this firmware, but not by the date trick.

This firmware can be jailbroken via the Pangu8 jailbreak, just like its predecessors, iOS 8.0 and 8.0.2.

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Addresses an issue where ringtones purchased through the iTunes store may have been removed from the device.

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Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime

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New Activity app for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired

Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose

Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing

Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free

Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom reoccurring meeting to drop from Exchange calendar

Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway

Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as “busy” after accepting an invite.

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Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape

Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape

Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket

Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari Web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network

iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta

Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)

Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather, and Genius Playlists in Music

Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data

Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or third-party app using FaceTime URLs

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows

Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks

Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen

Attempt to fix problems with custom keyboards crashing, not appearing, or being replaced with the default keyboard

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Adds support for the new Apple Music streaming service which is available in 100 countries starting on June 30, 2015.

New features including personalized music discovery and recommendation based on the user’s favorite genres or artists. Adds support for 24/7 online radio service named

Apple Music costs $9.99/month for 1 person and $14.99/mo. for up to 6 people and a free trial will be given to users for 3 months.

Apple Radio, Beats One, and Connect feature are still available for users not choosing to subscribe to Apple Music

Enables search from anywhere in the music application with a new unified magnifying glass icon at the top. Trending Search was added which shows which music within Apple Music is being searched for most by users.

Adds support for offline music playback including a toggle and icon to show which songs are available offline.

Apple announced iOS 9 on June 8, 2015, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 16, 2015 alongside the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPad mini 4. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices. Therefore, iOS 9 was supported on the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. This release made the iPad 2 the first iOS device to support six major releases of iOS, supporting iOS 4 to 9. However, iOS 9 has limited support on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation). Despite Apple’s promise of better performance on these devices, there were still widespread complaints that the issue had not been fixed. iOS 9.3.5 is the final release on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPod Touch (5th generation) and iPad Mini (1st generation)

on June 8, 2015, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 16, 2015 alongside the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPad mini 4. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices. Therefore, iOS 9 was supported on the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. This release made the iPad 2 the first iOS device to support six major releases of iOS, supporting iOS 4 to 9. However, iOS 9 has limited support on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation). Despite Apple’s promise of better performance on these devices, there were still widespread complaints that the issue had not been fixed. iOS 9.3.5 is the final release on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPod Touch (5th generation) and iPad Mini (1st generation)

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Lets users access the car’s settings (such as climate control) through the CarPlay interface itself.

Full support for car knob controls, so the user can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps.

Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities. Also, popular places such as restaurants, stores, and points of interests will be highlighted and presented to the user in a central location.

Adds a new app named News which provides curated lists of personalized news content for iOS users, offering content from popular websites and newspapers and displaying it in an iOS-friendly layout. This app replaces the Newsstand app.

Support for hand-drawn sketches, checklists, and inserting photos from the internet or the Camera Roll.

Share Sheet extension that allows a user to input text, pictures, or other attachments from anywhere in the system via an extension in the share sheet.

Notifications are no longer sorted by application by default, instead being sorted by day starting with recent notifications.

Adds WiFi Calling support for iPhone users on AT&T.; This feature was formerly limited to T-Mobile and Sprint users.

Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod Touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers.

To check out even faster, upcoming payments can be prepared by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping the finger on Touch ID.

New Low Power Mode (iPhone only) disables Background App Refresh, Mail Fetch, Motion Effects, and Animated Wallpapers. It also extends device’s battery life by up to three hours.

Learns what the user listens to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for preferred music and audio apps.

Ask Siri to remind about things being looked at in apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages.

A more intelligent Spotlight search provides info such as Weather, News, Stocks, nearby places, and recent/favorite contacts based on the user’s preference. Spotlight search can be activated by swiping to the right on the first page of the home screen or swiping down on any page of the home screen.

New keyboard now displays whether the letters are upper-case or lower-case depending on whether the Shift key has been toggled or not.

Cut/Copy functions on the keyboard have been replaced with an Undo/Redo button. The Cut/Copy buttons still appear when text is selected.

A “deep press” (3D touch) on the keyboard will convert the keyboard to a track pad to move the cursor and make it easier to manipulate text. (6S and 6S Plus only)

Touch ID devices now use a 6-digit passcode by default, though a 4-digit option is still available alongside options for a passcode with a custom number of digits and an alphanumeric passcode.

Print preview screen. Allows the user to view all pages, select which pages to print, and print in black and white.

Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags added on associated Mac.

Recent Contacts have been removed from the multitasking UI. They have now been placed in the new Proactive Menu.

New display languages for German (Germany), German (Austria), German (Switzerland), English (Canada), French (France), French (Switzerland), Italian (Italy), Italian (Switzerland), and Traditional Chinese (Taiwan).

New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu.

Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish.

Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia).

New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices.

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Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted.

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Live Photos now intelligently senses when the iPhone is raised or lowered, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements.

Originally patched the Pangu iOS 9 jailbreak, however the Pangu team released an update with support for iOS 9.1 on 64 bit devices.

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Ability to download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button.

now supports 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, notes and bookmarks, or from search results inside a book.

iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while browsing the library, reading other books, or exploring the iBooks Store.

Fixed an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts.

Addressed an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition.

Fixed an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields.

SFSafariViewController now supports 3rd party Action Extensions. Any Action Extension that works in Safari will also work in SFSafariViewController.

Long tapping the Reload button in Safari View Controller now gives options to Reload Without Content Blockers and Request Desktop Site, like in Safari.

Fixed an issue where WebApps saved to the home screen would not respect the apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style meta tag.

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Limited support on iPad 2 , iPad (3rd generation) , iPad Mini (1st generation) , iPhone 4S , and iPod Touch (5th generation) [121]

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Adds support for a new feature named Night Shift which, manually or automatically (based on user preference), makes the display color warmer so it is easier to view at night. Users can adjust the color temperature in the Settings app.

Adds support for multi-user logons in schools so any student can log in (with a passcode) to an iPad issued by the school.

Adds a new Classroom app for those devices registered with schools which allows teachers to guide students through a lesson, see their progress, keep them on track, present quizzes and tests, and wirelessly display their work with AirPlay and Apple TV.

Adds support for a device manager in which school administrators can set up multiple Apple IDs, change passwords, enroll students in iTunes U courses, etc.

Adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams. (iPhone 5s and newer, iPod Touch 6th gen and newer, iPad Mini 2 and newer, iPad Air series, iPad Pro series)

Fixes an issue where manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier could prevent 64-bit devices from turning on after a restart.

Fix CVE-2016-1788, a security vulnerability that allowed an attacker to decrypt iMessage attachments, by rejecting replay attempts.

Build 13E236 and 13E237 were issued to devices that were affected by the Activation Lock bug. These re-issued builds helped correct the issue after the prior builds were withdrawn.

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Fixes an issue where connecting to a fake Apple time server which sets system time to January 1, 1970 can cause 64-bit devices to overheat and become unresponsive after a restart.

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Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to

Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces.

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Fixes CVE-2016-4654, a memory corruption vulnerability in IOMobileFrameBuffer found by Team Pangu that allows

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, iOS’s built-in web browser engine, via malicious JavaScript to cause WebKit to execute arbitrary Trident’s second stage malware.

Trident’s second stage then downloads the Pegasus spyware package, uses CVE-2016-4655 to locate the kernel, and uses CVE-2016-4656 to disable signature verification in order to allow unsigned code like Pegasus to execute.

The second stage malware then uses the previously discovered location of the kernel to install and load Pegasus with kernel privileges, allowing the attacker to steal all data on the phone and spy on the victim’s conversations live.

Apple announced iOS 10 on June 13, 2016, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 13, 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for devices using an A5 or A5X processor: the iPhone 4S , iPad 2 , iPad (3rd generation) , iPad Mini (1st generation) and iPod Touch (5th generation) . All other devices from the iPhone 5 onwards, iPod touch (6th generation) onwards, iPad (4th generation) onwards, and the iPad mini 2 onwards are supported. However, iOS 10 has limited support on the iPhone 5 , iPhone 5C , and iPad (4th generation) . The release of iOS 10.2.1 brought support for the iPad (5th generation), and iOS 10.3.2 brought support for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch) and the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2nd generation). iOS 10.3.3 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation).

on June 13, 2016, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 13, 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for devices using an

. All other devices from the iPhone 5 onwards, iPod touch (6th generation) onwards, iPad (4th generation) onwards, and the iPad mini 2 onwards are supported. However, iOS 10 has limited support on the

. The release of iOS 10.2.1 brought support for the iPad (5th generation), and iOS 10.3.2 brought support for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch) and the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2nd generation). iOS 10.3.3 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation).

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Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch app, Weather.

Proactive suggestions for places user is likely to go next, based on routine or appointments in Calendar.

Home, work, favourite locations and locations from upcoming Calendar events are displayed on the map.

Advanced face recognition designed with deep learning to automatically group similar faces together.

Object and scene recognition to intelligently search for photos by what’s in them using computer vision that scans the photo library locally on the device.

Navigate Library with modified menu and see all the Downloaded Music that can play on device while offline.

See recommendations in For You that highlight mixes, playlists, albums and Connect posts – selected based on their music and artist preferences.

Browse to see exclusive releases, find curated playlists and discover the most important new releases – picked by editors.

Modified Radio interface – clearly see what’s live on Beats 1, hear favourite shows on demand or choose a curated station for any genre of music.

Modified Now Playing interface – swipe up to view available lyrics and quickly see or edit songs that are coming up next.

All-new design in For You adds bold typography, vibrant colour and distinct sections to find stories on specific topics.

Find most popular stories right now within Trending Stories – selected based on what others are reading.

Today view is redesigned and supports all-new widgets for apps like Weather, Up Next, Maps, Stocks and more.

New quick actions for built-in apps like Weather, Stocks, Reminders, Health, Home, FaceTime, iCloud Drive and Settings.

New emoji, including gender-diverse options to existing characters, single-parent family variations, rainbow flag and redesigns of popular emoji.

Contextual predictions for current location, recent addresses, contact information and calendar availability using deep neural network technology.

Calendar events are intelligently populated using deep learning technology with information from conversations in Mail and Messages.

Support for third-party VoIP apps receiving calls on the Lock screen, including support for Call Waiting, Mute and Do Not Disturb.

Emergency bypass allows call and text notifications to sound aloud regardless of silent or Do Not Disturb mode.

Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets user set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.

Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa).

New definition dictionaries in Traditional Chinese and Danish and bilingual dictionaries in Dutch and Italian.

New display languages and locales for English (Ireland), English (New Zealand), English (Singapore), English (South Africa), Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Colombia), Spanish (Costa Rica), Spanish (Ecuador), Spanish (United States), Spanish (El Salvador), Spanish (Guatemala), Spanish (Honduras), Spanish (Nicaragua), Spanish (Panama), Spanish (Paraguay), Spanish (Peru), Spanish (Puerto Rico), Spanish (Dominican Republic), Spanish (Uruguay), Spanish (Venezuela), French (Belgium), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), and Traditional Chinese (Macau).

Magnifier now uses the camera on iPhone or iPad like a digital magnifying glass for real-life objects.

New range of display colour filters to support different forms of colour blindness or other vision challenges.

VoiceOver adds a Pronunciation Editor to customise the way words are pronounced, additional voices and support for multiple audio sources.

Additional text highlighting options in Speak Screen and Speak Selection, as well as the ability to speak keyboard letters and predictive typing suggestions to support multi-modal learning.

Switch control now lets user control iOS, macOS and tvOS all from the same iPhone or iPad, so user doesn’t need to configure switches for the secondary device.

Software textphone allows user to make and receive textphone calls without the need for traditional hardware teleprinter accessories.

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Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta).

Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations.

Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace.

Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the “Show iTunes Purchases” setting is turned off.

Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview.

Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard.

Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users.

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Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions. Unicode 9.0 support.

Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts.

Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus.

The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You.

It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading.

New wallpapers for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – These include the ones Apple showed off at their iPhone 7 press event.

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors.

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories.

Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation.

Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List.

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This sound emits a noise from the AirPods that reaches a high volume after a few seconds. Users should remove their AirPods from their ears before playing the sound.

Siri can now display cricket scores from the Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council.

Siri updated to be able to pay bills, check on the status of payments, and schedule future rides (via services such as

support. For example, users can say “Hey Siri, open the App Store” and a back arrow (or left arrow) will appear in the left of the iOS status bar to jump back to the Siri interface.

Shows an alert below the “Event Details” page, for event invitations sent from an unknown senders, and allows users to report event invites sent from unknown senders as junk.

An option has been introduced to where users can now quickly favorite or dislike news channels from the “Explore” section or the news channel that is currently open.

There is now support in Home which allows users to trigger scenes which use accessories that contain switches and buttons.

There is now support in Home which allows users to see the remaining charge of the batteries in their HomeKit accessories.

When an email is open in Mail app, the “back” button in the left corner of the screen shows the number of unread emails in the mailbox you opened the email in (Similar to the Messages app).

Slightly refined opening animation for apps to where rounded edges are now visible when opening applications (more noticeable on applications that load slowly).

Support for 3D Touch and a Today widget has been added which allows users to access recently updated podcasts.

Podcast shows or episodes can now be shared in the Messages app and they feature full playback support.

Users can now get notifications for settings other than software updates such as for two-factor authentication.

The iCloud tab has moved to the top of Settings instead of being at the bottom, and also now displays the user’s name and picture along with the email address(es) associated with their Apple ID(s).

When choosing an alphanumeric code with numbers only, passcodes can no longer be shorter than 4 characters in length. An error displays saying that “this passcode must be longer”.

Calls on Other Devices even when not nearby is now enabled for Verizon’s Integrated Calling feature.

An option was added where users can disable the Next Up button from appearing while in a news article.

The icon of the emoji button on the keyboard is now filled in and no longer outlined like it was in previous versions of iOS.

Developers will now be able to update the icons for their apps at any time, with an app update no longer required to push out new icon artwork for their apps.

When a user uses 3D Touch on an app review, they can rate the review as Helpful, Not Helpful, or Report a Concern with the review.

Users can now rent a movie once and they can watch their iTunes movies across their various devices.

An alert is now displayed to indicate that 32-bit apps on 10.3 need to be updated and will no longer work in future versions of iOS. An “App Compatibility” list of 32-bit apps can be accessed by going to General > About > tapping on “Applications”.

Improves performance across the system and the responsiveness of the operating system has been improved.

, and is designed for Flash/SSD storage. APFS also features improved security and encryption, and improves system performance.

Fixes an issue related to the Messages app where the app would freeze and crash upon receiving a long text message.

Fixes an issue where the Telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus would not activate while in the 2x zoom mode.

Fixes an issue in Notification Center where tapping the search bar in between the Today view and Notification Center would cause the Springboard to crash and reload.

Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying a user’s current location after resetting Location & Privacy settings.

Fixes over 100 security vulnerabilities in various aspects of iOS such as Audio, the Core libraries, and WebKit.

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Fixes a Wi-Fi-related vulnerability through improved input validation where an attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chipsets of

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to propagate among affected Broadcom Wi-Fi chipsets just by having the Wi-Fi chipset turned on even if it is not connected to any networks, and can be used to force a

Apple announced iOS 11 on June 5, 2017, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for the 32-bit iPhone 5 , iPhone 5C , and the iPad (4th generation) , making iOS a 64-bit only OS that only runs 64-bit apps. All other devices from the iPhone 5s onwards, iPod touch (6th generation) onwards, iPad Air onwards, and iPad mini 2 onwards are supported. However, iOS 11 has limited support on devices with an A7 processor: the iPhone 5S , iPad Mini 2 , iPad Mini 3 , and iPad Air .

on June 5, 2017, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for the 32-bit

, making iOS a 64-bit only OS that only runs 64-bit apps. All other devices from the iPhone 5s onwards, iPod touch (6th generation) onwards, iPad Air onwards, and iPad mini 2 onwards are supported. However, iOS 11 has limited support on devices with an

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App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings and information about In-App Purchases.

An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps.

New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili and Welsh.

Augmented reality technologies that apps from App Store can use to deliver content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design, and more.

Core machine learning technologies that apps from App Store can use to deliver intelligent features with machine learning data processed on device for high performance and user privacy.

Control Center custom controls including accessibility, guided access, magnifier, text size, screen recording and Wallet.

Apple Music now helps you discover music with friends. Create a profile so friends can listen to playlists you’ve shared and see the music you listen to most.

Apple News now includes Top Stories picked just for you, recommendations from Siri, the best videos of the day in Today View and great stories selected by our editors in the new Spotlight tab.

Automatic Setup signs you in to iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, App Store, iMessage and FaceTime with your Apple ID.

Automatic Setup restores device settings including language, region, network, keyboard preferences, places you frequently visit, how you talk to Siri, Home and Health data.

Storage optimization notifications and free up space in Settings for apps like Photos, Messages, and more.

Emergency SOS calls emergency services based on your current location and automatically notifies emergency contacts, shares your location and displays your Medical ID.

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Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices

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Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices.

Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

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Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more

Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup

Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing

Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st gen)

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Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop

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iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay (US only). This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories.

Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete.

Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded.

Adds a feature that lets developers offer new customers discounted introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store

Fixes bug that causes device to respring when apps send local notifications after 12:15am, December 2 2017

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iOS 11.2.5 includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only). This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list

Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID

Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes

In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.

The view of the real world through the camera now has 50 percent greater resolution and supports auto-focus for an even sharper perspective.

Business Chat is a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages, can request items and purchase with Apple Pay right in the app.

Settings -> Battery shows battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. These features are supported on iPhone 6 and later. (Not in beta 1. Coming in future beta)

Additionally, users can now see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is enabled. This feature is supported on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Health Records feature brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers, whenever they choose.

Support for Music videos. Users can stream all the music videos they want without being interrupted by ads. They can also watch the hottest new videos, the classics or ones from their favorite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.

Apple News now makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.

HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.

(AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.

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. [149] [150] 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. [151]

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.

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.

The second alarm clock bug discovered was the “New Year’s Day bug” which showed up on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012. It caused non-recurring alarms to never work. [152] 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. [153]

The second alarm clock bug discovered was the “New Year’s Day bug” which showed up on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012. It caused non-recurring alarms to never work.

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.

Apple confirmed that several battery life bugs were negatively affecting battery life in iOS 5. [154] They attempted to fix these bugs with iOS 5.0.1 and 5.1 but the problem still remained. [155] Finally, these bugs were fixed in iOS 5.1.1.

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 [156] [157]

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

Some users of the iPhone 4S and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) reported issues with the SIM card in iOS 5.0, [158] and even though Apple attempted to fix these issues in version 5.0.1 build 9A406 (for iPhone 4S only), they still remained. [159]

and even though Apple attempted to fix these issues in version 5.0.1 build 9A406 (for iPhone 4S only), they still remained.

Some users of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 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. [160] Apple has since released version 5.1.1 in an attempt to fix the problem.

Some users of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 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.

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. [161] [162] [163] Problems submitted by users have gradually been addressed with daily updates to Maps. [164]

, with cities in the wrong location, some places being missed off altogether, some places misnamed and places of interest in the sea.

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 [update] , no solution has been provided by Apple. [165]

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

Location-based reminders do not work for iPads, even though they were promised to work on cellular enabled devices. [166] It has later been clarified by Apple that only the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Mini 1st generation or later will be able to use this. [167]

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

It has later been clarified by Apple that only the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Mini 1st generation or later will be able to use this.

In iOS 6.1, users reported problems with cellular connectivity. This was addressed for the iPhone 4S in iOS 6.1.1 which “fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.” [168]

In iOS 6.1, users reported problems with cellular connectivity. This was addressed for the iPhone 4S in iOS 6.1.1 which “fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.”

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. [169] Apple did not offer a quick software update for the bug, instead saying that the bug would fix itself on January 7, 2013. [170]

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

Apple did not offer a quick software update for the bug, instead saying that the bug would fix itself on January 7, 2013.

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”. [171] Microsoft have suggested several workarounds, [172] 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, [173] which was then fixed with release of iOS 6.1.2.

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”.

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,

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, [174] with Apple acknowledging the bug [175] and then addressed with release of iOS 6.1.3.

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,

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, which updated the audio speaker profile so users would get better results.

users experienced dropped calls during the release of iOS 6.1.3 when there was an issue with the audio

, to get different results than expected or to fail easily. Apple fixed this bug with the release of iOS 6.1.4, which updated the audio speaker profile so users would get better results.

Shortly when Apple released iOS 7 , users running iOS 6 were said to have problems using FaceTime. Apple later released a support document stating that this was due to an expired device certificate and that devices that support iOS 7 should update to it in order to resolve these issues. [176] Devices that are unable to run iOS 7, such as the fourth-generation iPod Touch, should upgrade to iOS 6.1.6. [176]

, users running iOS 6 were said to have problems using FaceTime. Apple later released a support document stating that this was due to an expired device certificate and that devices that support iOS 7 should update to it in order to resolve these issues.

Devices that are unable to run iOS 7, such as the fourth-generation iPod Touch, should upgrade to iOS 6.1.6.

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 and 5S. For the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 4th generation, iOS 6.1.6 was released to fix this issue since iOS 7 is not compatible with these devices (see iOS 7.x).

protocols. This same bug was also reported on iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 7.0.5 for the iPhone 5C and 5S. For the

4th generation, iOS 6.1.6 was released to fix this issue since iOS 7 is not compatible with these devices (see iOS 7.x).

In iOS 7, users that were running iPhone 4 to iPhone 5, iPad 2nd to 4th generations, first-generation iPad Mini, and iPod Touch (5th generation) have developed bugs that were formerly retained since iOS 6. One example is the SSL/TLS protocol when the secure transport failed to verify certification authenticity (fixed in iOS 7.0.6). 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.

People are able to bypass the “Enter Passcode” screen. This flaw was discovered within hours of it becoming publicly available. This is only able to be done on iPhone 5 and earlier while the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are safe from this bug. This is caused by the ability to use the control center via the lock screen and tapping on the camera or timer buttons. This feature can be turned off in the Settings app. [177] This was fixed in iOS 7.0.2.

People are able to bypass the “Enter Passcode” screen. This flaw was discovered within hours of it becoming publicly available. This is only able to be done on

via the lock screen and tapping on the camera or timer buttons. This feature can be turned off in the Settings app.

Users complained about dizziness and vertigo-like symptoms when using this operating system because of parallax motion effects. In iOS 7.1, a new function in the Settings app named “Reduce Motion” was introduced to reduce the motion of the user interface and disable the parallax effects. [178]

Users complained about dizziness and vertigo-like symptoms when using this operating system because of parallax motion effects. In iOS 7.1, a new function in the Settings app named “Reduce Motion” was introduced to reduce the motion of the user interface and disable the parallax effects.

Creating a CardDAV Account contains a bug that needs manual fixing of the CardDAV-Server-URL. [179]

In iOS 7.1, users have reported seeing significant drain on their batteries after installing the new update. [180]

In iOS 7.1, users have reported seeing significant drain on their batteries after installing the new update.

Local domain names can no longer be resolved in Safari . [181] [182] This breaks short names on the local network, e.g. ‘nas’ for nas. .

Users have reported various crashes of the home screen, the core service that renders the home screen icons, Notification Center, Control Center, Siri and the lockscreen. [183] This was fixed in iOS 7.1.

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

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 . [184] This issue was addressed by the release of iOS 7.0.6.

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

iPhone 4S users report experiencing problems with the battery indicator; the indicator will freeze at the same value until the iPhone is restarted again. [185] [186]

users report experiencing problems with the battery indicator; the indicator will freeze at the same value until the iPhone is restarted again.

In iOS 7.1, Touch ID was not functioning on the iPhone 5S . The problem cannot be resolved by turning Touch ID on and off in the “Fingerprint and Passcode” menu, restarting, resetting, or restoring the device using iTunes . This problem was similar to the iOS 8 .0.1 release, which crippled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus of both cellular and Touch ID. This was fixed in iOS 7.1.1.

. The problem cannot be resolved by turning Touch ID on and off in the “Fingerprint and Passcode” menu, restarting, resetting, or restoring the device using

Shortly after the release of iOS 8, Apple released a statement pointing out that a bug had been found in the operating system which prevented HealthKit-compatible apps from being released alongside iOS 8. [187] Apps already released that included Healthkit functionality were withdrawn from the App Store. iOS 8.0.1/8.0.2 included a fix for this issue.

Shortly after the release of iOS 8, Apple released a statement pointing out that a bug had been found in the operating system which prevented HealthKit-compatible apps from being released alongside iOS 8.

Apps already released that included Healthkit functionality were withdrawn from the App Store. iOS 8.0.1/8.0.2 included a fix for this issue.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who updated to iOS 8.0.1 wirelessly had cellular service and Touch ID disabled due to a software issue. Over-the-Air downloads of iOS 8.0.1 were stopped within an hour of the release of the software, but many early adopters had been affected. These issues were fixed with the release of iOS 8.0.2 a day later.

users who updated to iOS 8.0.1 wirelessly had cellular service and Touch ID disabled due to a software issue. Over-the-Air downloads of iOS 8.0.1 were stopped within an hour of the release of the software, but many early adopters had been affected. These issues were fixed with the release of iOS 8.0.2 a day later.

Users who updated phones with Touch ID enabled to iOS 8.3 found out that they could not use Touch ID to make App Store purchases. [188] A workaround has been devised by users to repair this issue. [189]

Users who updated phones with Touch ID enabled to iOS 8.3 found out that they could not use Touch ID to make App Store purchases.

Many users of older generation devices such as the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2 reported performance issues with iOS 8. Apple has since released iOS 8.1.1 in attempt to fix the problem.

Several issues with the new Keyboard API in iOS 8 were reported, including problems with custom keyboards crashing or not appearing, or being replaced with the default keyboard. Apple has since released iOS 8.3 in attempt to fix the problem.

When a specific set of Arabic, Unicode, and English characters are sent through iMessage to an iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later, it causes the device to crash. This bug was discovered by a Reddit user in May 2015. Apple has since released a software update (iOS 8.4) to fix this issue. [190]

When a specific set of Arabic, Unicode, and English characters are sent through iMessage to an iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later, it causes the device to crash. This bug was discovered by a

Many users of all generation devices experience some issues with Game Center loading times causes long freezes in apps that require Game Center logins. [191] This was fixed in iOS 9.1.

On 64-bit iOS devices, setting the date to January 1, 1970 and restarting the iPhone would brick the device until the battery died or was uninstalled. [192] This was fixed with the release of iOS 9.3.

On 64-bit iOS devices, setting the date to January 1, 1970 and restarting the iPhone would brick the device until the battery died or was uninstalled.

Updating an iPhone 6 with a replaced Touch ID sensor to a new version of iOS would cause the update to fail and the device’s date to be lost due to “Error 53.” [193] This was fixed with an iTunes re-release of iOS 9.2.1 with build number 13D20.

Updating an iPhone 6 with a replaced Touch ID sensor to a new version of iOS would cause the update to fail and the device’s date to be lost due to “Error 53.”

Many users who own the iPhone SE have experienced various issues relating to phone calls via Bluetooth connectivity. The quality of incoming calls via Bluetooth devices was reported to be very low. [194] This issue was fixed in the iOS 9.3.2 update.

Many users who own the iPhone SE have experienced various issues relating to phone calls via Bluetooth connectivity. The quality of incoming calls via Bluetooth devices was reported to be very low.

Users’ security was threatened with the release of 9.3.3 through an exploit in the WebKit rendering component which allowed hackers to access the infected phone’s sensors by getting the user to open a link from an SMS. [195] This was quickly fixed with the release of 9.3.5.

Users’ security was threatened with the release of 9.3.3 through an exploit in the WebKit rendering component which allowed hackers to access the infected phone’s sensors by getting the user to open a link from an SMS.

Many users, especially iPhone 6s devices owners reported that their phones would die with 30% battery left. [196] This issue was fixed with the release of iOS 10.3.

Many users, especially iPhone 6s devices owners reported that their phones would die with 30% battery left.

As of the iOS 10.3 release, iOS throttles CPU performance on iPhones with batteries in poor health. This eventually lead to Batterygate shortly after the iOS 11 release. As a result, Apple announced battery replacements would be $29 instead of $79. [197] They also announced that iOS 11.3 would show battery health in the Settings > Battery menu and let the user decide if they wanted the previous 30% shutdown behavior or the throttled CPU. [198]

As of the iOS 10.3 release, iOS throttles CPU performance on iPhones with batteries in poor health. This eventually lead to

shortly after the iOS 11 release. As a result, Apple announced battery replacements would be $29 instead of $79.

They also announced that iOS 11.3 would show battery health in the Settings > Battery menu and let the user decide if they wanted the previous 30% shutdown behavior or the throttled CPU.

Many users reported much worse battery life on iOS 11 than on iOS 10.3.3. [199] This issue has been resolved with the release of iOS 11.1. [200]

Quickly typing in an equation causes the built-in Calculator app to display incorrect answers. [201] This has been fixed in iOS 11.2.

Users with Outlook.com, Office 365, and certain Exchange accounts were unable to send email. [202] This has been resolved with the release of iOS 11.0.1. [148]

Users complained of a bug in the built-in keyboard in iOS 11 that changed the letter “I” to “A [?]”. [203] This has been fixed with the release of iOS 11.1.1. [204]

Users complained of a bug in the built-in keyboard in iOS 11 that changed the letter “I” to “A [?]”.

A bug in iOS 11 was present that causes the device to constantly respring and crash if an app sends local notifications on or after 00:15 on 2 December 2017. Apple responded by releasing iOS 11.2 early, which fixed the bug. [205]

A bug in iOS 11 was present that causes the device to constantly respring and crash if an app sends local notifications on or after 00:15 on 2 December 2017. Apple responded by releasing iOS 11.2 early, which fixed the bug.

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