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Apple has managed to avoid sensor-gate with its latest update to iOS 7, which fixes calibration issues with the iPhone 5s sensor. More good news: Your iMessages issues should be now be over.

iOS 7.0.3

You can now use your iPhone 5s for your home improvement projects again. Apple’s latest software update, iOS 7.0.3, fixes calibration issues with the iPhone 5s sensor, which means your phone will no longer be a couple of degrees off.

Earlier this month Gizmodo conducted a number of simple tests and verified that the iPhone’s sensors were off. And just last week news surfaced that the sensor issues were likely due to Apple’s use of a new accelerometer. Apple didn’t acknowledge the problem publicly, but quietly fixed it in its latest update.

If you read through the numerous new features and fixes contained in iOS 7.0.3, right in the middle of the pack you’ll see: “Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue.” VentureBeat installed the update on an iPhone 5s, and verified that the phone is now showing proper alignment when using the level function.

And if you’ve been having trouble sending iMessages, you can breath a sigh of relief as well. According to the change log, iOS 7.0.03 “Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users.”

There are a number of other relatively big fixes and features contained in the update, such as the addition of iCloud keychain and a Safari password generator. And for anyone suffering from a case of parallax-induced seasickness, the Reduce Motion setting has been enhanced to further minimize motion and animation.

All in all this is a surprisingly big update given the incremental build number. If your phone hasn’t already prompted you to download it, you can tap on Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 7.0.3 details

  1. Anybody else notice their GPS location being way off after the latest ios 7.0.3 update?

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    1. You may need to switch on you WiFi for better location accuracy on GPS.
      Try it out and let me know if that’s an improvement.

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  2. Can’t full restore my iPhone 4 anymore after install the update. It’s now stuck restoring from the iCloud. Also, won’t download photos, podcast, and app saves.

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  3. I’m still having the same iMessage problem after the update.

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    1. Me too! Can’t send any text messages!

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  4. iMessages on my iPhone 4S still not working..they said that iOS 7.0.3 fix the problem but how many minutes or hours of waiting?

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    1. iMessage issue AGAIN grrrrrrrrrrrr started in 7.02 fixed it by clearing my saved messages now it’s broken for SOME of my contacts not all!!!!
      still can’t move and set the background wallpaper size and position
      grrrrrrrrrrrr

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    2. Hi uploaded the new software and I still cannot synchronise iMessage the phone number is there light grey only, have to use the email for iMessage it really sucks just a-bought had enough. upset Ki,wi

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  5. Sensor problem not quite taken care of. Compass on my 5s is still reading 10 degrees different from my wife’s 5.

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  6. I prefer the old reduce motion though

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  7. Still se issues for iMessage iPhone 5 IOS 7.0.3

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  8. Sensor still not working properly after update to 7.0.3, if using a driving game still turning to the left when held straight! Guess Apple have just made a cover up-date!!

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  9. iMessage worked for me on my iPhone 5 until the 7.0.3 update. Since the update, it does not work. Tried several suggested fixes but none work.

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    1. Ryan Hirschberg Thursday, October 24, 2013

      I had the same issue on my 4s. I am bummed I updated now.

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  10. iMessage Not Working!!! Dam!! Should of left it Alone!!!… Also My Signal Seems to be way Off Now.. Never had Signal Strenght Issues where I’m at.. and now it jumps all over!! Grrrrr!!! SuX!!!

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