As we reported in May
, Apple is preparing an update for iOS 7 dubbed iOS 7.1.2 that will fix a variety of different bugs, including one bug in particular that would cause e-mail attachments to reside on iOS devices unencrypted and easily visible by unwanted eyes. iOS developer Ryan Petrich released a jailbreak tweak called AttachmentEncryptor
shortly after to patch this problem for those with jailbroken iOS 7 devices that aren't interested in upgrading to the iOS 7.1.2 update when it's available.
Recent reports indicate that iOS 7.1.2 is not far from being launched now. MacRumors
seems pretty confident that the update will be out some time in the next week or so, but this is only speculation. iOS 8 will be released to the public in the Fall.
The update is also reportedly meant to fix a vulnerability issue on the iOS 7 Lock Screen that could let an unwanted user bypass any passcodes you may have set, as our Akshay Masand reported on earlier this month
, in addition to the e-mail attachment encryption issue. With that being said, it will be a minor update for iOS 7 users with security fixes and not much else.
If you are jailbroken, you should avoid
this update by all means. iOS 7.1.2, like iOS 7.1 and later, cannot be jailbroken with the evasi0n7 jailbreak tool
. Hackers will likely wait until the public release of iOS 8 before attempting to release a public jailbreak, so updating to iOS 7.1.2 would leave you without a jailbreak until then.
On the other hand, if you have no intention of jailbreaking, or you are already on a firmware that cannot be jailbroken and want the additional security, then your best option would be to go ahead and update.
If and when iOS 7.1.2 is released to the public, we will be sure to keep you updated on what's new in the update, so stay tuned!