This is the iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad update you have been waiting for. Apple has addressed the shortlist of outstanding issues affecting iOS 7 with the release of iOS 7.0.3 — Messages, Battery, Blue Screen of Death and Lock Screen security work around.
Additionally, with this release, iCloud Keychain has been activated, a marquee feature of Apple’s mobile and OS X Mavericks desktop system operating rewrites.
• iOS 7.0.3
— 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
iOS 7.0.3: Getting It Done
Of course, to install iOS 7.0.3, you will need a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch — iPhone 4, iPad 2 or iPod touch 5th gen or newer. And, not all features are available on older devices.
To install iOS 7.0.3 as an over the air update, on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap Update Now.
On the subject of iCloud Keychain, you will have to jump through some hoops to get it up and running. First, you must assign and use a passcode on all iThings on which you plan to use iCloud Keychain.
Why? You can choose to save credit card data in iCloud Keychain and that convenience by nature comes with responsibility.
Also, to setup iCloud Keychain on two or devices, you need to have at least two of the devices in hand. For example, when setting up the service on my Mac, iCloud Keychain sent a verification code by SMS to my iPhone that then needed to be input on the Mac.
That said, updating to iOS 7.0.3 and setting up iCloud Keychain will take some time. So, wait until you get to the office or home where you’ll have the time and a solid network connection.