The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant did not, however, explain what the fix related to in exact terms. The flaw was severe enough for Apple to release the update sooner rather than later — even though the next iterative version, dubbed iOS 7.1, and currently in developers' hands, is expected to land on iPhones and iPads in mid-March.
It's also hoped that iOS 7.1, a mid-cycle update which rarely offer new features but fixes bugs and design flaws, will land just six months ahead of when Apple is expected to release iOS 8, the next major version of its mobile software.
Friday's update comes about three weeks after the company released iOS 7.0.5, which was only available to a few China-based devices affected by a network provisioning fix.
Apple also issued an updated version of its older platform, iOS 6.1.6, for iPhone 3GS smartphone and the iPod touch (fourth generation).
Those updating are advised to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the software over-the-air, and ranges from 16MB to about 35MB in size.