iOS 7.0.3 update offers new features, bug fixes, and end to motion sickness

With Apple busy announcing its new iPad Air tablet and updated Mini, as well launching OS X Mavericks and revamped versions of the MacBook Pro, it’s little wonder an update to iOS 7 was kept in the shadows.

Anyone who’s been experiencing motion sickness with the latest iteration of Apple’s recently launched mobile operating system will be pleased to learn that using your iDevice need no longer cause you to feel dizzy, break into a sweat, or, in a worst-case scenario, empty the contents of your stomach over your hand and mobile (it didn’t really come to that, did it?), for iOS 7.0.3 addresses the issue.

It’s true, quite a few users – perhaps you’re one of them – have been complaining that the constant zooming animations and transitions which occur when you open and close apps have been leaving them feeling nauseous. One report claims that as many as 25 percent of iDevice owners have been feeling symptoms of motion sickness while using iOS 7. A parallax effect introduced to the home screen has also been leaving some users feeling a little queasy.

With Tuesday’s update, a few simple steps mean you can now use your iOS-enabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch without turning green. Simply hit Settings / General / Accessibility / Reduce Motion, and then toggle the Reduce Motion button. Once done, you’ll move between apps and your home screen by way of a gentle cross-fade, allowing your delicate being to retain its usual state of quiet calm.

The update also enables iCloud Keychain, allowing you to share account names, passwords, and credit card information across all your Apple devices. In addition, Safari gets a password generator, helping you to choose more secure passwords for your various online accounts.

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The ability to search the Web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search returns, while various bug fixes should go some way to ensuring your iOS experience is an altogether smoother one than before.

You can grab the update now over the air or by connecting your device to a computer and opening up iTunes. Check out the full list of new features and fixes below:

- Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices

- Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts

- Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use

- Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search

- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users

- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating

- Improves system stability when using iWork apps

- Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue

- Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice

- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode

- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation

- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive

- Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text

- Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software