iOS 7.0.6 Update Roundup: Problems, Fixes, Performance

It has been a few days since Apple surprised iPhone and iPad users around the world with an iOS 7.0.6 update ahead of the iOS 7.1 release. And now that the smoke has settled, we want to take another close look at the new update for iPhone and iPad including a peek at iOS 7.0.6 problems, fixes and why iPhone and iPad owners should probably update right now.

All the way back in November, Apple released iOS 7.0.4, the fourth version of iOS 7, and an update that was aimed at fixing a FaceTime Audio issue inside of Apple’s new software. Like most incremental iOS updates, iOS 7.0.4 broke some things for some people as well and those people took to forums, email and social media to complain about the problems.

Many of those people demanded an iOS 7.1 update and Apple obliged, though, no in the way that many probably hoped. Instead of a public release, Apple released the first  iOS 7.1 beta update back in November, a sign that the official release of iOS 7.1 was probably months away.

Since November, we’ve seen five iOS 7.1 beta releases but we have not seen the iOS 7.1 update itself. It’s currently tucked away in the beta program with a release date rumored for March.

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With March fast approaching, many believed that the iOS 7.1 update would be next in line for iPhone and iPad users. As we now know, things did not pan out that way. Instead of an iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad, Apple released iOS 7.0.6, an extremely small update aimed at fixing an extremely big issue.

In addition to that fix, it appears that the iOS 7.0.6 update also brought at least unofficial fix along with it. As expected, the iOS 7.0.6 update seems to be causing issues for some iPhone and iPad owners as well.

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With that in mind, we roundup everything that we know about the iOS 7.0.6 update for iPhone and iPad.

Why You Should Install iOS 7.0.6 Right Now

As we pointed out in our initial iOS 7.0.6 reviews for iPhone 5 and iPad Air, we were unable to find any major issues with iOS 7.0.6. Apps are working normally, battery life appears stable, connectivity on both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE was healthy, and the software did not bring any catastrophic issues that we could detect.

Things have not changed in the days since our initial reactions and iOS 7.0.6 is performing beautifully. iOS 7.0.6 performance is adequate and the software update appears stable, at least for our iPhones and iPads. That’s not the reason you should install iOS 7.0.6 right now though.

The reason iPad and iPhone owners need to consider installing iOS 7.0.6 is because it plugs up a major security flaw in iOS. Those who are interested in all of the details can find them in our report here but here’s the summary.

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There is a bug inside previous versions of iOS that potentially allows for malicious activity. As our own Warner Crocker explained, without the fix  found in iOS 7.0.6, any device with the bug operating on an open network, such as at coffee shop, or other public Wi-Fi location is vulnerable. That means credit card information, passwords or more are at risk on software below iOS 7.0.6.

In other words, iOS 7.0.6 is an update worth upgrading to.

iOS 7.0.6 Fixed Another Big iOS 7 Problem

We have also discovered another possible iOS 7.0.6 fix that wasn’t listed on the change log that accompanied the update.

For months, iPhone and iPad users have complained about a springboard issue wherein devices will randomly crash and then reboot on their own. We’ve detailed the issue several times and have experienced the problem on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, all 64-bit devices.

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Apple promised to fix the problem with a future update though it declined to say which update it would be. With iOS 7.1 set to improve all-around performance, we assumed that iOS 7.1 would be that update that would fix the springboard issues.  As it turns out, iOS 7.0.6 may have done the job for it, at least for some users.

Since installing iOS 7.0.6, we have not seen the springboard issue occur. Our own Warner Crocker, who was experiencing the problem on a daily basis, says that he has not encountered the problem since installing iOS 7.0.6. That of course doesn’t mean that everyone has had the same luck. Plenty of people are still complaining about the issue.

For the moment, we’re not in the same boat. We expect lingering issues to be resolved with iOS 7.1, an update that again is aimed at improving the performance of Apple’s latest iOS update.

iOS 7.0.6 Problems

iOS 7.0.6, like all other iOS updates before it, is causing issues for some iPhone and iPad owners. While we haven’t seen the amount of complaints that we saw after iOS 7 and iOS 7.0.2, there are still a good number of issues that users claim to be dealing with.

Apple’s discussion forums are home to a number of complaints. iOS 7.0.6 problems apparently include the usual issues with Wi-Fi, something that dates back to the release of iOS 6. It also appears that Bluetooth keyboard support is still broken for some people. This is an issue that arose after the arrival of iOS 7 back in September.

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Users are also complaining about a loss of sound, an issue that we have detailed in the past, and we’re seeing complaints about slow moving apps, and some users are apparently stuck in “Recovery Mode.”

Most of the unofficial fixes that we’ve seen revolve around resetting the device. While it won’t work 100% of the time, it’s certainly worth a shot as it has ironed out kinks of ours in the past.

What’s Next for iPhone & iPad Users

Those who are still dealing with issues in iOS 7.0.6 and below should get some more fixes in the near future. iOS 7.1 is shaping up to be a massive bug fixer for the iPhone and iPad and we expect to see a sharp increase in overall performance once it arrives.

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iOS 7.0.6 came as a bit of a surprise but it was a necessary update given the major security flaw that Apple discovered. We honestly doubt that Apple will discover anything else in the buildup to iOS 7.1 so iPhone and iPad users should expect iOS 7.1 to be the next update to roll out.

Exactly when it will roll out remains unknown though March is looking pretty good. Apple usually sends out a Gold Master copy of its updates ahead of the public release so once we see the GM, iPhone and iPad owners will know that the update is close.

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Comments

  1. Andy bowers says

    My 3G has on connection problems plus my wifi on my iPhone 4 using ios 7.0.6 quits working now and then

  2. Bib says

    Since updating to the new 7.0.6 the battery indicator doesn’t work and the phone randomly crashes. It also seems slow when going from the unlock screen.

  3. reiji says

    my iPod Touch 5th crashes when i use/access the camera while the screen is locked. Also the devices crashes when i try to press continuously the increase volume button from silent mode. I cant even use my device that long without getting random crashes. Earlier also, i was having problem syncing with iTunes because of the “Connection Reset” error message, although i manage to do so successfully after a hard reset then connect to iTunes again. I hope they could really fix the issues because it is really starting to annoy lots lots of people using iDevices

  4. Dennis K. says

    I have not been able to install iOS 7.0.6 on my iPad 2. Never had this problem with all the other updates.
    It downloads okay but installs about 10% and reboots.

  5. Beth says

    Since installing 7.0.6, my iPhone 5 periodically just starts sounding off “ding” alarms, about every few seconds. I’ve checked the Sounds settings, my various alarms and notices — I can’t find anything. I just shutdown and restarted, which stopped it. But that hasn’t stopped it in the past…

  6. Riya says

    I tried to update my iPhone 5 to ios7.0.6
    But unfortunately my phone turned off n an icon. Of connect ur device to itune Started appearing on d screen I connected with itune on pc with broadband
    It processed d whole day m night
    Processing went through npbut it neither restored or updated
    N d most pathetic thing is
    It is still goddamn off
    M not able o use my iPhone anymore
    Someone plyz help me n tell me have I lost my iPhone 5 forever

  7. Jude says

    I’m still running 5.1.1 on my iPad3 and never use an unsecured network, am I safe or should I upgrade?

    I’ve wanted to update with every new iOS version until I read about all the problems people are having.

  8. Lisa says

    As soon as I updated, the battery percentage indicator no longer works on the display and it deleted years worth of events and appointments saved in my calendar. The calendar also has something now called inbox, where I can accept invites and share events with people, which I have no use for. The cross at the top right hand corner of the calendar screen that allows me to add new events to the calendar is greyed out and no longer allows me to add anything to my calendar. Just spent an hour on the phone between Verizon and Apple and was told that the upgrade did not do this. The only thing that will show up in the calendar are birthdays or events that I am invited to. Completely wiped out everything that I need.

  9. Mrs grumpy says

    Hey Jude (lol) – don’t upgrade from 5.1.1 !!! I did that last week, I wanted a couple of apps which said I had to have ios 6 or better. I would have settled for 6 but being Apple it had to be 7.0.5 or nothing. Since i upgraded it has been horrible, my ipad 3 gets very hot and the battery drains very quickly. I have tried all the fixes for these problems but none of them have solved the problem. My one big hope is that 7.1 will fix this but in the meantime I bitterly regret upgrading.

  10. SA says

    My battery is draining at alarming rates – even with every last possible thing turned off without turning the phone off. It went from 86% to 33% overnight with no use from me. Wish I hadn’t updated!

  11. Jude says

    Mrs Grumpy — thanks so much for your response. Sorry to hear that you’re having so many problems since your upgrade, but I appreciate you sharing that with me. I think I will stay with 5.1.1 for now and wait for 7.1 (and see how that pans out). Hopefully your problems will be resolved with the new update. Thanks again.

  12. Yaroslav says

    Jude!!!!!!!!
    Don’t upgrade!!!!!
    Jobs wouldn’t recommend it!!!!
    I regret I have his successor’s freaks updates :(((

  13. Anne-Marie says

    To Lisa I have the same problem where everything on my calender has been wiped out and cannot add anything on to it x this is since I did the upgrade.

  14. Ben says

    Had order a replacement for my wife’s iPhone 5 after this update, the phone no longer had a meid # after the update and no carrier identification was gone to.

  15. Prema iyer says

    Don’t touch your iPad 2 running on 5.1.1 as this safe a d not vulnerable to the bug that affects only iOS 6 onwards…. Prema iyer

  16. Rick says

    Since upgrading to IOS 7.0.6, I have some apps that will not open at all! SongPop and Sportsradio are two of my apps that will not open. I’ve rebooted my phone, also deleted the apps and reinstalling but same issue. I wish I never upgraded to IOS 7.0.6!

  17. trev says

    IOS 7.0.6 is terrible, the phone froze on initial attempt to update now it freezes each time i try to restore from backup, i have set it up now as a new phone, but it is stupidly slow and safari does to work at all.

    this is on a iPhone 5s totally unacceptable

  18. Judith says

    Upgraded to 7.0.6 since then have not had any sound and cannot figure out how to fix it tried everything, anyone know how to fix it please let me know I’ll be eternally grateful I have tried everything all suggestions I am at my wits end

  19. Crystal says

    this update sucks! i now miss calls and texts because my alert tones randomly stop working. I haven’t had this issue before the update. I now have to reset my phone 10 or more times a day and even that doesn’t work for very long.

  20. Dan Delgado says

    After installing 7.0.6 the look of my Ipad3 is totally different. The icons are simpler and the user interface is different. I hope this is not normal and will be fixed with 7.1

    • Mrs Grumpy says

      Hi Dan
      What version did you upgrade from? If pre ios 7 you will see a big difference – none of which is an improvement imo! However Apple seem to think these changes are wonderful so there’s little danger of it being reversed in 7.1. I really regret upgrading from 5 but there’s no going back – thanks for nothing Apple!

  21. Flossy says

    Not happy, iPhone 4 now ridiculously slow, hate the look of safari and calendar, cumbersome and annoying! Sent a txt after a first date….was sent as an email (how?!?!) which revealed my personal email address containing my full name to an almost stranger – for me that is a dangerous security breach and I cannot work out why it occurred – not happy!!!!

  22. Pissed off says

    I have been with AT&T since 2000, and I must say I have never seen anything as bad as this ish here!! I thought updates are to fix thinks not destroy things. Thinking of getting a new phone, better yet new service, any suggestings!!!

  23. Kecee says

    I can’t add an event on my iPad since I upgraded to iOS 7.0.6, the + sign is not highlighted! please help.

  24. Andrea says

    I am so damn frustrated I can’t stand to use my IPAD since installing iOS7. Just uploaded iOS7.0.6 and my keyboard slowness issues continue. My keyboard is slow to respond and it’s painful to type even a Google Search. I’ve tried every recommended fix I could find and nothing resolves the issue. I’ve reset all settings, turned off Documents in iCloud, restored settings from iTunes, Reset Keyboard Dictionary….NOTHING FIXES THIS BUG!! Anyone have any new suggestions???

  25. Mel says

    I am sooooo sorry I upgraded ipad2 to 7.0.6. My keypad is slow& frequently freezes, yet it didn’t happen until a week or two later.Any ideas? Anything that keeps me out of the Apple store is much appreciated.

  26. Marcos says

    My iPad works terribly. Web browser does not want to work normally when in landscape mode with the iPad. Cannot browse back to the last page, open up a new tab, open up the browser bar, refresh the page, or switch from tab to tab while in landscape mode. I have to rotate it portrait mode. I cannot run certain apps while in landscape mode either. Several of the buttons will not work until I rotate the iPad to portrait mode.

  27. RAE21 says

    Have lost all calendar information, ie appointments and meetings, etc. Also tried to find my notes from many events and all are gone!! Any help here?

  28. jessica says

    Since upgrading I can’t check my email on my phone I have tried everything it tells me incorrect username or password and I no they are both correct I have had the same ones for like 10 years

  29. Charlotte says

    I updated my 4s and my daughter 3G to ios7.0.6 now we can’t share pictures from camera roll or share from other apps. Very frustrating. Any ideas??

  30. Mary says

    Updated to 7.something and can’t open Facebook, Twitter, kindle, & more. What’s going on!?

  31. ron Blake says

    I upgraded on the 14th of March to the 7.0.6 on my iphone 5 and now I can’t charge my battery. The battery drains faster than my toilet

    • Rick says

      @ Ron Blake: If your battery drains faster than your toilet, your iPhone is not a priority. You need to upgrade your toilet! lol. On a serious note, iOS 7.1 is out so you should upgrade and see if it helps. So far I’ve had no problems with the 7.1 upgrade and it’s been several days.

  32. Joy says

    since update my screen is very sensitive, while on a phone call it goes to facetime if my cheek barely grazes the screen!! very frustrating!!

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