Apple has managed to pull off the recent introduction of iOS 7 without too many issues. The initial traffic from user downloads managed to cause a small amount of server downtime in the first few hours of availability, but other than that, it has been relatively plain sailing for the Californian giants. It’s probably unreasonable to expect that a major overhaul of an operating system would launch without any service affecting bugs at all, and those iOS 7 converts who have been experiencing iMessage related issues should soon see a permanent fix winging its way to their device through an over-the-air update.
Over the last few days, there has been a number of reports from confused users regarding problems they have been experiencing with iMessage on iOS 7 devices. The issue doesn’t seem to have been limited to one particular region, and has been experienced on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices running Apple’s latest iteration of iOS. An interim recommendation that involved navigating into the native Settings app and performing a Network Settings reset produced some joy for some users, but it hardly represented an elegant answer to the problem.
Although we aren’t aware of the exact underlying issue, users have noticed that their sent iMessages have been altogether failing or always reverting to sending via the carrier network as a standard text message. Apple is obviously aware that a problem does exist and they have been quick to try and address the problem by first of all acknowledging that it exists, and secondly by stating that they are working on a permanent fix that will be delivered by an iOS software update.
An official Apple statement to The Wall Street Journal outlined exactly what the fruit company intends to do about the problem that is affecting a very small amount of users:
We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will have a fix available in an upcoming software update.
Apple has already pushed out iOS 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 in the time following the original iOS 7 launch. The latest update contained important security fixes that prevented malicious users from bypassing the passcode lock implementation and accessing the device without permission. iOS 7.0.3 is already known to be undergoing a testing phase at the moment, so hopefully that imminent update will bring some iMessage goodness to those affected.
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