This week, Apple will release iOS 7 to consumers, after a summer long of developer-only beta testing. According to 9to5Mac, the company is already engaged in testing software updates, with web server logs revealing builds iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2 and iOS 7.1 are in the works. Our logs show version 7.0.1 in the wild. Given the proximity of these builds to Cupertino, it’s most like Apple engineers and employees working on the first software update.
It’s not uncommon to see software updates after a major release to fix any open bugs that might have cropped up since going golden master. With the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s announced last week, the company at some point has to lock down the software, so they can push the final release as to not delay the hardware ship dates. By the time iOS 7 ships on September 18th, engineers have probably had a few weeks at best to start fixing bugs, which were inevitable. iOS 7 represents a massive change from its predecessor, likely presenting more issues in the early stages. iOS 7.0.1 and/or iOS 7.0.2 will fix the initial phase of bugs. iOS 7.1 could introduce either new functionality or support for new hardware. Many expect that Apple will host an event in October for an iPad refresh, which could see the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 introduced. The iOS 7 beta for iPad was not released in June and there have been sporadic reports of it not being as stable as the iPhone version.
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available on Friday. iOS 7 ships Wednesday. The install base will see a huge increase. These logs all but confirm that an update is in the works, so take comfort knowing that any issues you might have, could already be fixed.