The company stealthily pushed out iOS 7.0.3, an incremental change to its mobile operating system that adds a couple new features and a bunch of bug fixes.
First and foremost, the update enables iCloud Keychain, a password manager that, with OS X Mavericks, syncs across all of your iDevices and your Mac. When your device restarts, you’ll be asked if you want to enable it, or wait.
In addition, if you’re not happy with the new transitions in iOS 7, Apple has updated its “Reduce Motion” setting to not only turn off the parallax effect on your device’s wallpaper, but also replace many of the transitions between apps with a simple cross-fade rather than the usual panning and zooming. To turn it on, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, and toggle the switch on.
To download, hook your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch up to iTunes and check for updates, or just go into the settings app and then to General > Software Update. The update is fairly small–both my iPad and iPhone 5S were under 100 MB–and the update process only takes a few minutes. Of course, make sure you have a current backup before doing any software update, just in case things go south.
Blair Hanley Frank is GeekWire’s Bay Area Correspondent. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.