Apple today rolled out iOS 7.0.5, an incremental firmware update for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
It may be an incremental update, but iOS 7.0.5 is unique in its own way. The firmware has only been rolled out for the two new iPhones that Apple released last year, and not for any other supported device. Moreover, iOS 7.0.5 is region specific, with the update bringing fixes for unspecified “network provisioning” issues faced by various Chinese iPhone models. Apple hasn’t revealed what caused these provisioning issues, certainly the cause was big enough to warrant its own firmware iteration.
Usually Apple bakes in such fixes in major firmware updates, or even those incremental updates that are rolled out globally. For Apple to specifically release a region specific update, which has happened in the past as well, hints at the possibility that the provisioning issues might have needed urgent attention, which the company has now provided.
As far as the next major platform update is concerned, Apple is rumored to release iOS 7.1 in the very near future. iOS 7.1 beta 4 was seeded to developers about a week back, public release is expected over the next few weeks. Apart from various tweaks and enhancements, the new update is expected to bring a few new features as well.