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iOS 7.0.3 Complaints Pile Up as Users Clamor for iOS 7.0.4



Complaints regarding Apple’s most recent iOS 7 update, iOS 7.0.3, continue to pile up as iPhone and iPad users are continuing to encounter issues with the new software. And with no iOS 7.1 update in sight, it looks like iPhone and iPad owners are going to have to have wait a little longer to find out whether Apple has official fixes up its sleeve for lingering iOS 7 problems.

Earlier this month, Apple rolled out a brand new iOS 7 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners in the form of iOS 7.0.3. iOS 7.0.3 had been promised for this month by Apple after the company discovered two major bugs plaguing the operating system. The first, a severe iMessage issue that iPhone owners encountered that prevented some owners from sending and receiving iMessages. The other, a broken filter system on iPads being used at school.

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Apple confirmed fixes for those two issues but the iOS 7.0.3 update actually came with a bunch of other fixes for lingering issues that iOS 7 users had been experiencing since the arrival of iOS 7, iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2. It also finally delivered iCloud Keychain to those that had been looking forward to the security feature since WWDC 2013.

While the iOS 7.0.3 fixed software issues from some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, the update also appears to have brought some bugs of its own along with it. Since its release, we have been updating iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners about the iOS 7.0.3 issues that we’ve been encountering and hearing about from its users in an effort to try and spawn temporary fixes for those in trouble.

The coverage has also prompted many iOS 7.0.3 owners to reach out and explain their iOS 7.0.3 issues in detail. Over the weekend, we heard from several iOS 7 owners who have been experiencing some major issues after updating to iOS 7.0.3 and we have even started to see some issues of our own.

Today, our own Josh Smith, an iPhone 5s owner, experienced a white screen random reboot when trying to make a call. This is the second iPhone 5s that has experienced this issue after iOS 7.0.3. While the original issue was seen on a T-Mobile iPhone 5s, Smith’s iPhone 5s is a Verizon iPhone 5s.

iOS 7.0.3 owners have also chimed in with their own issues. One iPhone 4 owner tells Gotta Be Mobile that the iOS 7.0.3 update has introduced an issue with his speakers which he says is

“…giving me distorted sound from the speakers every time the speakers are activated (i.e. when the phone is ringing, when the alarm goes off, etc.)”

The issue apparently did not exist prior to the iOS 7.0.3 update and unfortunately, every fix he has tried, including a restore to the factory settings, has not fixed the problem.

Several iPad mini owners have written in exclaiming that after updating to iOS 7.0.3, their user interface has started to lag. We actually experienced some improvements to the lag on our iPad 3 but it looks like the new update did nothing to solve issues that others have been experiencing ever since iOS 7 arrived back in September.

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An iPhone 5 owner wrote in to complain about the black screen that she is now getting whenever somebody calls her and another iOS 7.0.3 users claims to not be able to print anything now that she is using iOS 7.0.3. One claims that the issues are so bad, that she is considering going back to her HP laptop if Apple is unable to fix the issues.

These problems are all new but it’s not clear just how widespread they are. What we do know is that they are not alone when it comes to iOS 7.0.3 issues. A quick look at Apple’s discussion forums reveals that many iPhone and iPad owners are having trouble with the new update.

For those that are seeing problems, the Apple discussion boards are the best place to find temporary fixes. As for permanent ones, well, that requires some patience as those typically don’t come until iOS updates. Apple never announces roll outs ahead of time so it’s unclear when iOS 7.0.4 or iOS 7.1 will roll out and what they might have on board when they do.

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Apple tends to focus on the larger iOS issues so it’s not certain that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners with iOS 7.0.3 problems will get relief, even when one of those updates arrives. That hasn’t stopped users from clamoring for iOS 7.0.4 though.

Whether Apple will deliver soon or not remains to be seen.



  1. Dan Davie

    10/28/2013 at 5:14 pm

    iOS 7 is less user friendly than the old version. You have to perform about 3 more steps just to send an MMS and trying to call someone from the ‘messages’ screen is near impossible with the tiny phone icon at the top right hand corner. Why make things more complicated. I liked Apple when they went for simplicity and user friendliness.

  2. luffynatsu11

    10/28/2013 at 5:29 pm


    • KahunaTech

      10/30/2013 at 2:44 pm

      you cant

      • Mike

        11/05/2013 at 8:38 am

        Fragmentation of the market.

  3. Rachel

    10/28/2013 at 5:48 pm

    ios 7.0.3 on my ipad 2 before i updated it the sound on my headphones and sound on the speakers was perfectly fine. But after the update the sound for headphones and speakers is very bad. You cannot hear anything but static.

  4. KenD

    10/28/2013 at 6:36 pm

    This is exactly why I wait to update. Still have iOS 7.0 on my 5S and glad I looked this up before updating.

    • C Morales

      11/02/2013 at 1:42 pm

      same here! and i got burned by the iOS 7.0, so i know it’s no joke to get screwed by an update. :-/ definitely not going to update my iPhone 5 again now!

  5. Assstwato

    10/28/2013 at 6:40 pm

    After installing 7.1 on my ibone, my static X drummer died.

    • Larry

      10/28/2013 at 7:18 pm

      R.I.P. X Drummer 😜😜😜😜

  6. lisa

    10/28/2013 at 8:17 pm

    horrible trouble with sound ! sometimes speakers work, sometimes they don’t …phone rings sometimes–DON”T UPDATE YET if you haven’t!

  7. Tina

    10/28/2013 at 9:04 pm

    iOS 7.0.3 very bad. My iPhone 4S turn to junk.

  8. ip5

    10/28/2013 at 10:23 pm

    What happened with the battery percentage display? It doesn’t even give you an idea of how much longer you have to keep using your phone in case of an emergency.. Please fix quick!

  9. Luk

    10/28/2013 at 11:18 pm

    All of the songs on my iphone 4s that I had *illegally* downloaded just disappear from my phone when I try to play them. I can’t recover them

  10. David Lorenzen

    10/28/2013 at 11:50 pm

    Love the new update. I have had no problems with the new. IOS-7 update. I love the new look as we’ll.

    • awe

      10/29/2013 at 1:00 am

      David, this is not about the update to 7.0. It’s about the latest update to 7.0.3 that apparently has some problems. I just updated my iPhone 5 from 7.0.2 to 7.0.3. Luckily I have not seen any problems yet. I have got an incoming call, and listened to a pod cast, and not encountering any sound problems.

      • Selvin

        10/29/2013 at 8:29 am

        I have 7.3 it’s still good not a pblm

  11. Ryan Reynolds

    10/29/2013 at 12:20 am

    Why don’t you guys at GottaBeMobile contact Apple and see when they have a fix in the works for us?

  12. sandraclarson

    10/29/2013 at 12:31 am

    ipad 3 after updating iOS 7.0.3. will not hold battery, Rubbish update don’t do it.

    • Helen

      10/31/2013 at 4:13 pm

      Totally agree – battery now won’t last an 7hour working day – rubbish.

  13. karengbt

    10/29/2013 at 12:33 am

    My screen turned black! IOS 7.0.3 is bad!

  14. Adam

    10/29/2013 at 1:49 am

    Aweeeee !!!!!!! The first apple got us kicked out of the Garden of Eden!!! Now this one is causeing hell on earth!!! Come on man!!!

    • Rick

      10/29/2013 at 8:37 pm

      Any signs of “Eve”, Adam?

  15. Autonomous Mind

    10/29/2013 at 1:55 am

    So glad I stayed on iOS6… I feel for you guys.

    • D magrud

      11/01/2013 at 7:35 am

      Wish I could go back! No more Apple for me. Loved iOS 6 but hate iOS 7 so much I’m switching to android when my contract is up.

      • Pete

        11/15/2013 at 7:07 pm

        I’m with you. I much prefer the iOS 6. Had I known about all the visual changes I would never had updated. What is with the circle theme? Etc

        • Mel

          11/15/2013 at 9:25 pm

          Hey guys anyone who switches to android will be SORRY… Juz be patient guys.

  16. lidmundur

    10/29/2013 at 2:22 am

    Fully charged IPhone 4 drops to 30% on standby over night!
    7.0.3 is crap!

  17. Derek

    10/29/2013 at 2:35 am

    7.0.3 on my 4S now randomly activates voice control when listening to music and the only way to recover is to hard reboot – it’s even tried to call someone form my phone book, and as expected not a thing from Apple support. After all the problems with 7.0.0 I’m thinking of ditching Apple and looking at something else – this sucks!!!

  18. Alan

    10/29/2013 at 3:41 am

    AWFUL!! The issues go WAY beyond the problems with iMessage which are incredibly annoying. I cannot delete messages, the nav is SLOW and sometimes completely unresponsive, and the battery life was somehow cut in half. BAD MOVE Apple. Bring on a better phone.

  19. UnhappyApple

    10/29/2013 at 3:51 am

    I have a brand new iphone 5s and i normally wont auto update and adopt a wait and see. But my son came along and clicked update! 7.0.3 is hell. Who does QC at apple ought to be fired. 3 times fixing bugs is no excuse! I even tried resetting and having the phone with no apps. (so dont tell me its my apps clashing with apple)

    I have
    – a sporadic non ringing phone!
    – it hangs your safari if you go to a news page with some videos
    – imessage works now but if you send a photo and press home too quickly before its sent, it will reboot halfway later
    – i think others ar right. Battery indicator seems to be wrong! It charges quicker than normal now and drains faster too. What a joke! Guy at apple tells me to turn off lte, change email polling to 1 hour, turn off blutetooth and dont use gmail calendars and contacts!

  20. Scoys

    10/29/2013 at 4:11 am

    It is what it is

  21. RJBrown

    10/29/2013 at 9:43 am

    Since I updated to 7.0.3 on my iPad2, my iPhone5, and my iPod no longer are able to use Airprint for documents such as email, web pages, etc. Funny thing is that I am still able to print Photos without any difficulty.

  22. Shane Bretz

    10/29/2013 at 10:01 am

    Phone keeps shutting off while trying to send texts! Shuts off all the time with more than 50% battery left!

  23. Waterguy13

    10/29/2013 at 12:51 pm

    why put pale colours on a pale background – for the army of greyheads who use iPhone & iPad this is a serous mistake – WE WANT CONTRAST – why nor embolden text and numbers – I inadvertantly deleted all my messages when trying to send a text in low light conditions becasue the software was new to me and blue on grey background doesn’t work!!!……- upping brightness doesn’t help either……FIXIT please

    • Josh

      11/03/2013 at 4:39 pm

      In the accessibility settings in iOS 7 there is an option to ‘increase contrast.’ You can also increase the text size. Dad wears glasses and now he doesn’t need them as often when using his phone – these features have been vastly improved over iOS 6.

      • Waterguy13

        11/04/2013 at 5:40 am

        thanks – did that last week but it doesn’t help – anyone who gives ppts to audiences knows that pale on pale doesn’t work AT ALL – but of course Apple know better!!

  24. niya

    10/29/2013 at 1:01 pm

    stile my i phone 5 up date 7.0.3 Osgood to ho but you…..

  25. Tamara

    10/29/2013 at 2:51 pm

    I downloaded the latest update last night, and today kept getting a message saying that my data usage was used up, even though my AT&T app clearly says that it’s not. I called AT&T and they confirmed it had to be the newest software.

  26. Pam

    10/29/2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m glad I read all of this before downloading. So….does one have to download 7.0.3 in order to update when 7.0.4 or 7/1 comes out?

    • UnhappyApple

      10/29/2013 at 5:36 pm

      No. U can go straight to 7.0.4 or 7.1

  27. Danielle

    10/29/2013 at 8:04 pm

    I updated my iPhone 4S with the 7.0.3 update and lost everything on my phone. The only way I could get it to come bAck on was to plug into iTunes and restore my phone. I can not reset my phone by holding down both bottoms bc it the goes to a black and white screen and takes hours to come back on. Also must of my Apps I uploaded back to my phone will not work. Tried contacting apple but there was no way to get through without having warranty.

  28. sojrnr

    10/29/2013 at 9:16 pm

    My battery life is AWFUL! I upgraded to 7.0.3 … fully charged … nothing running in the background … sleep mode. Went to bed. Next day the battery was down to 13%. Before, with 7.0.2, I could go all day using the iPad with several things running in the background and never get below 60%. Now, I can’t go more than a few hours without having to recharge. Quite frankly, my iPad is pretty much useless in this condition.

  29. Sanjay

    10/30/2013 at 12:12 am

    After upgrading to ios 7.0.3 from ios 7.0.2 my phone reboots on its own for no apparent reason. While taking photos, writing SMSs, checking google maps, checking emails. Sick and tired of this update now and have no way to roll back to IOS 6. Did not expect such poor quality control from Apple, but we should now expect worse things from Apple after the Steve Jobs

  30. Chris D.

    10/30/2013 at 6:15 pm

    Lol it’s funny how people just love to bash Apple…haven’t had any problems with any of the updates…from 7.0 to 7.03…oddly enough nobody I meet in real life has these problems either, only seem to happen to people online…just a coincidence? Damn android fanboys smh

    • Unhappyapple

      10/30/2013 at 6:26 pm

      This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
      Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
      Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
      Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
      Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
      Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
      Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
      Improves system stability when using iWork apps
      Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
      Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
      Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
      Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
      Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
      Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
      Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software
      For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

    • Unhappyapple

      10/30/2013 at 6:33 pm

      You must be kidding me to turn this into yet another fan boy discussion! Maybe you havent even used your phone at all! Read the above and educate yourself on the subset features of the iphone!

    • Robj

      10/31/2013 at 2:33 pm

      Hey Chris… Go to your camera roll in your iphone, try and set a photo as a wallpaper. Tell us…. How’s your picture look? Pinch to fit…. How’s it look? How’s your ios7 working for you? :-) oh btw- I have owned all iPhones up to & including 4S (holding for larger screen version…. iphone 6?), have iPod and a MacBook Pro. Not Android fan boy here.

    • Jonni H.

      11/04/2013 at 2:06 am

      Not a fan of droid or Apple; however, I do expect “fixes” to work. 7.0.3 slowed down my phone considerably& pictures sent to me via txt or iMessage don’t load. They flicker…

      I wish I had not gone w/a smart phone. Life w /my phone was som much better when it wasn’t “smart.”

  31. update hater

    10/30/2013 at 10:46 pm

    Have iphone 5S. Have iOS7.0.2 installed for 2 months and absolutely hate it. Hate the new design, hate the fact that it ate through my battery for the first 2 weeks, hate that it freezes in the middle of open programs and crashes all the time. Hate it, hate it, hate it, wish i never installed the update and now afraid to even think of installing 7.0.3. Bring back the previous version, both design and functionality, please…

  32. Mel

    10/31/2013 at 6:20 am


    • Mike

      11/05/2013 at 8:46 am

      That’s the beauty of Android really. If you don’t like the look and feel of the phone you can just change it. Different icons, different keyboard, unlimited sized folders, dock or no dock, number of docks and number of icons on dock, you name it. If Apple did that, all this whinging would stop.

      • Mel

        11/05/2013 at 8:58 am


  33. MK

    10/31/2013 at 10:49 am

    I don’t know what people are complaining about. Ever since I upgraded my iPhone 5 to iOS 7 (and the following updates), I have not seen a single issue that has been flying around in the media…no black/white screens, no resets, no speaker issues, no lagging, and whatever not. I mean why in the hell did I have to get stuck with the “good” version of iOS 7???!!? I can’t even argue my case with Apple or T-Mobile for an upgrade to 5S. I mean DDAAMMMNNN!!!!!

    But on a serious note, NOTHING is bug free. Back in the late 90’s & the 2000’s, EVERYBODY had a problem with Microsoft that they don’t know what they are doing blah blah…especially when it came to Win ME & more recently with Vista. I have used both without any issues ever. iPhones were just fine until Android became big, and now people seem to see all these “bugs”, when in reality some issue or the other existed in every iOS. I use an Android phone also, & supposedly it has “bugs” also, but I have never had a problem. I clearly remember when iOS 6 & EVERYBODY jumped into the bugs it had…now those same people want to go back to iOS 6. Geez!!!

    Use the product what it’s designed for, and everything should be alright.

    • Mel

      10/31/2013 at 11:38 am

      Yes use it like the way it shud be use, that’s why maybe U dont see d bugs people are talking about. I presume ur using ur iphone for calling, texting & email. Explore on some apps & U myt see the bugs.

      • MK

        11/10/2013 at 8:28 pm

        You are absolutely correct. I am primarily using it for just those things. Hmmm…maybe that’s what I am doing wrong…using the iPhone for what it is! Let me try & run World of Warcraft on it & see what happens :)

    • JS

      11/01/2013 at 8:00 am

      Just because you’ve never had a toothache doesn’t mean that nobody else has, and just because you haven’t experienced any problems with ios 7, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, or 7.0.3 doesn’t mean those who did are liars, Android fanboys, or whatever.

      • MK

        11/10/2013 at 8:32 pm

        Where did I say that people who are having all these problems are liars??? I just said I am not experiencing any of these problems. Sounds like you are really mad at me for not having all these issues :(

  34. Jack

    11/01/2013 at 12:48 pm

    iphone 5 w IOS 7.03 is a bust! Sound issues cause real problems!

  35. Kate W

    11/03/2013 at 1:19 pm

    I updated to 7.0.3 and it’s a nightmare. When I go to listen to a song, all it does it skip it, then when I go to check if the song is still on the album, it’s only gone and been deleted! It skips several songs ahead randomly and completely messed up my music library. I regret ever updating and would highly recommend against doing so to anyone who has yet o update.

  36. Ageofthevengefullconsumer

    11/03/2013 at 6:32 pm

    Fapple ios 7 for one month to many on my iPhone four. I pay good money to have an iPhone, but unless I can get my classy ios 6 back I will NEVER buy apple again. This IT tech will go back to a clamshell flip so fast that jony Ives will drop his finger paints all over his pull ups. I have a lifetime of windows bashing to apologize for.

  37. Sandip Sharma

    11/03/2013 at 8:29 pm

    I am having Iphone 4 by updating IOS 7.03 the phone has become junk – whom to say where to complain. I have started hating apple. I had a plan to buy Ipad Air now no more – Request everyone to stay away. I have started spreading word in my friend circle.

    In Turkey no one knows the solution

  38. Ron4059

    11/05/2013 at 9:26 am

    Stupid me. My son updated to iOS 7.0.3 and no problems. So I went ahead and did the update and now my battery percentage indicator doesn’t function properly, battery life sucks, and my screen goes dead with random reboots. We both have the iphone 5(bought on same day).He updated a week before me. We have noticed that on my phone ( that has problems) when u go to settings-general-usage, that when battery percentage is turned on there is a white I in the green bubble but not one on his phone ( that functions properly). Perhaps there were changes in update made and that is why some people r having problems and some not?

    • Mel

      11/05/2013 at 10:04 am

      Visit the nearest apple store and they will 100% surely resolve your issues.

  39. Mary Alice

    11/10/2013 at 6:50 pm

    In 7.3, My iPhone 4 now goes black about 30 seconds in to drafting an email, so I can’t send any mail. There is also a serious keyboard lag.

  40. Jim

    11/14/2013 at 10:35 am

    I have an iPod 5 running iOS7.03 and under “usage” there is no way to get the battery percentage icon. Will that be remedied in an update?

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