Apple decided to release updates for both iOS and OS X today. Today’s update brings Apple’s mobile OS to iOS 7.1.2, and fixes issues with iBeacon connectivity, third-party data transfers (bar code scanners included), and Mail attachment data protection. iOS 7.1.1, prior to today’s update, fixed a keyboard responsiveness bug, Touch ID fingerprint recognition for the iPhone 5s, as well as Bluetooth with VoiceOver problems.
As for OS X, Apple updated its Mac OS to OS X 10.9.4, and the new update intended to fix a Wi-Fi connectivity whereby some MacBooks wouldn’t connect to local Wi-Fi networks. The new OS X 10.9.4 also fixed a sleep issue as well as Apple logo animation problems for some customers. Above this, OS X 10.9.4 brought Safari 7.0.5, the latest in Apple’s MacBook web browser.
Apple TV was also updated today, but there are no major changes to speak of. It’s possible that Apple’s iBeacon issues resolved in iOS 7.1.2 will likely improve the stability of Apple TV. After all, Apple converted iBeacon to a TV remote in iOS 7 (iPhone 4S, iPad 3, and iPod Touch 5th-generation), allowing iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners who also own Apple TVs to exercise their iDevice’s remote-control capabilities. iBeacon is also used for more than changing Apple TV channels (such as wireless payments), although we tend to like this feature.
If you haven’t downloaded the latest from our favorite fruit company, get to it. Have you noticed improvements in your MacBook Wi-Fi or iBeacon performance? If so, let us know. If the new update has changed nothing for you and you’re still having trouble, we want to hear about your problems.