Apple releases iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 to patch an SSL problem

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released iOS 7.0.6, the sixth minor update to iOS 7. Both it and the new iOS 6.1.6 update "provide a fix for SSL connection verification," their only documented addition. Unlike iOS 7.0.5, which applied only to a few international iPhone 5S and 5C models, the version 7.0.6 update applies to all devices that can run iOS 7. iOS 6.1.6 applies to the iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch.

The update to iOS 6 is marginally more interesting than the iOS 7 update, just because Apple has so rarely patched old iOS versions after they've been replaced. The company also released version 6.1.5 for the fourth-generation iPod touch to correct a FaceTime connectivity issue. It's possible that Apple is trying to provide critical security updates to older devices dropped by newer iOS updates, something it also does for older OS X versions for a while after they're superseded by newer software.

The next major iOS 7 update is iOS 7.1, currently in its fifth developer beta. Current rumors suggest it will be released to the public in early or mid-March, and it should include more significant fixes than the six minor updates we've seen since September.

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