SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system reportedly has tripped up some iPhone and iPad users with an iMessage bug.
Over on the Apple support forums a number of iPhone and iPad users are reporting that they are unable to send iMessages, despite being able to receive them, on iPhones and iPads running iOS 7. Others are reporting that they can send iMessages, but are unable to receive incoming messages, and some are reporting that they are unable to activate the service in Settings.
One user moans, "After downloading the new iOS 7 to my iPhone 4S I've been unable to send iMessages to other people. I am able to receive iMessages however cannot respond to them via iMessage. It continues to tell me that it is sending but never sends. I end up having to change the message to SMS and then send instead."
We're going to have a moan too, as here at The INQUIRER we have been experiencing the same problem, with iMessages failing to send on our iPhone 5C, and struggling to convert them into SMS messages.
It's not all bad news, though, as some of Apple's forum members appear to have discovered a solution for the problem. Those suffering from the bug should disable iMessage in Settings > Messages, then reset the iPhone's network under Settings > General > Reset, then enable iMessage again.
We've tried this, and our iMessage function seems to be back up and running as normal.
Apple has acknowledged the issue, and has said that it is working on a fix. A spokesperson for the company 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." µ