Apple today released a new software update for its iOS devices. iOS 7.1.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been released and it is now available for download. Supported devices will soon enough receive a notification about the new update, prompting users to download and install it at their convenience. This is by no means a major update, its an incremental release that primarily brings bug fixes and stability improvements.
Since this is an incremental update the changelog is very brief. At the top of the list are improvements for iBeacon connectivity and stability as well as correction for a specific issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.
iOS 7.1.2 for supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices also fixes a bug with data transfer for various third-party accessories, including but not limited to bar code scanners.
There might be one change that iOS owners should be aware of because Apple is probably not going to mention it in the changelog. About two weeks back a team of Chinese developers released a jailbreak for iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. Today they updated that tool with support for Mac OS X. It is possible that iOS 7.1.2 might bring a patch that fixes the exploit used by this jailbreak tool.
Those who would like to retain the jailbreak on their existing firmware are advised not to upgrade, at least until there’s confirmation that this exploit hasn’t been patched in iOS 7.1.2.