01 July 2014

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iOS 7.1.2 - an update to fix several bugs on 7.1.1 and improve iBeaconconnectivity.

Today Apple released iOS 7.1.2, a small update that includes several bug fixes, including enhanced
“iBeacon connectivity and stability.” The update is available through Software Update on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 7.

Here are the changes in the update, as noted by Apple:

- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability

- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners

- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

iOS 8, which is currently in its second developer beta revision, will be released to the public in the September (presumable alongside new iPhone hardware).

iBeacons are given a lot of prominence in iOS 8, as shortcuts to apps related to the device’s location are displayed right on the lockscreen.

FYI

iBeacon is a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal,
which iOS devices detect.

To use iBeacon, you need iOS 7 or later, Bluetooth turned on, and a compatible iOS device:

iPhone 4s or later
iPad (3rd generation) or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th generation) or later
You can control which apps and system services access Location Services data, including iBeacon:
Tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services.