Apple reportedly asked the carriers to finish testing the firmware by June 27, suggesting that the update could be rolled out anytime soon. Apple

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to release in the near future the iOS 7.1.2, the next firmware update to its mobile operating system, and will feature several bug fixes on board, according to a new report.

Based on web logs showing visits to its website from devices running iOS 7.1.2, MacRumors reported last month that Apple was testing the new firmware update for its mobile devices. The same website reported on Friday that the iPhone maker has already begun seeding a version of the updated firmware -- build number 11D257 -- to its carrier partners.

The MacRumors report cited a source familiar with the matter saying that Apple has also asked carriers to finish testing the firmware by June 27, suggesting that the update could be released for the public sometime in the following week.

When the news about the iOS 7.1.2 update first surfaced last month, reports suggested that the firmware could bring fixes for issues related to iMessage and email attachment encryption. Now the report has said that while Apple is indeed expected to solve the email attachment encryption glitch, there is no word about the fixes for the iMessage issue.

In addition to the email, the iOS 7.1.2 could also address issues related to a lock screen bug, which would allow unauthorized access to “limited apps” installed in the device. The MacRumors reports said that it is unclear what the lock screen bug actually does, but suggests that Apple might be referring to the “missed call” lock screen vulnerability, which came into light earlier this month.

The iOS 7.1.2 is also expected to include enhancements to iBeacon connectivity, along with a bug fix for an issue related to data transfer with third-party accessories, MacRumors reported.