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Apple admits iMessage bug, fix incoming

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Apple has admitted that a bug in its iMessage software is stopping missives being sent, with the service failing to default back to SMS settings whenever it’s not available.

While a complicated workaround was shared across the web yesterday, now Cupertino is saying that it’s toiling to fix the problem. Word is that iOS 7.0.3, due next week, could bring an end to the issue.

In a statement, Apple said: “We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will have a fix available in an upcoming software update.

“In the meantime, we encourage any users having problems to reference our troubleshooting documents or contact AppleCare to help resolve their issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes impacted users.”

This isn’t the first bug Apple has had to sort out since the launch of iOS 7 last month. Users were also able to bypass passcodes and access social media on handsets, causing concerns about security. That problem has now been fixed too.

iOS 7’s vast uptake and the huge opening weekend for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have been widely heralded as massive successes for Apple, at a time when it was believed it would struggle in the face of competition from Samsung and Google.



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