Apple releases iOS 8.1.3

One of our loyal readers has sent us a screenshot showing that Apple has rolled out iOS 8.1.3. Among the new features, it reduces the amount of free storage required for software updates. This might help stop a trend that has seen a lower adoption rate for iOS 8 compared to iOS 7. It also fixes a bug that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime. Another issue taken care of by the update prevented Spotlight from displaying app results.

A couple of Apple iPad related fixes are included in iOS 8.1.3. One issue that prevented multitasking gestures from working on the tablet has been taken care of. And with many iPads now used in the classroom, the update adds configuration options for education standardized testing.

If you're keeping score, iOS 8.1.2 was released on December 9th. Keep in mind that since the update is sent out OTA on a staggered basis, you might not get it right away. Don't pout, you will receive iOS 8.1.3 soon. The update is available for Apple devices running iOS 8 including the Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5c, Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPad 4, Apple iPad mini, Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad mini 2, Apple iPad Air 2, Apple iPad mini 3 and the Apple iPod touch, fifth-generation.

Thanks for the tip, Nathan!

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30 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Awesome do it Apple

3. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The FY Q1/ CY Q4 numbers are staggering. Be prepared for some wailing and gnashing of teeth.

2. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

My cousin iPhone 5s suffers from 2 seconds delay when answering an incoming call and he waits an update to fix this issue that started since he updated to IOS 8... Searching for a fix for that issue I also saw tons of users saying that their iPhone 5 is shutting down even if it still has battery left. If you guys google this issues ^^ you will see tons of users with both of these problems but PA never made an article about this.

4. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

My old Note did the same. Someone told me it was networking issues. /shrug

7. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Nah because he called his carrier and they said it's a software problem... He is on Vodafone prepaid as I am and many other guys we know and none of us have this issue and some of them have iPhone 6...

14. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

You sure? If I was in a very secluded area it would take a few seconds to work, obviously. You cant just automatically instantaneously call and boom, connection. Meh, whatever. Hope he gets it fixed like I did.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Blasphemy! They won't have none of it. +1

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I have 8.1.2 on 4S and even after jailbreaking I don't have any of those issues. Sometimes control center doesn't want to pop up, but it never had random reboots or something like that.

29. askarian

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Stop poking your nose in your cousin's iphone 5s :p

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Got it on my iPad already. I wasn't having any multi-tasking issues before so I guess I'm not missing anything.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gonna download it in a sec.

20. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

My gosh jedi lol XD when i read ur comment i heard tyrones's voice from ownagepranks in my head hahaha for some reason you seems to resemble him , i just love you man =)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not familiar with him, will Google him in a sec. Gotta see him lol.

28. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

You see the resemblance ? Hahaha

8. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

apple is amazing regarding updates, regarless carrier or model everyone is able to enjoy the updates

10. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Yeah, ask any 4/4S/5 owner how much "fun" iOS 8 was for them. How awesome it was of apple to push out an update that they KNEW wasn't compatible with older devices and thus broke them, forcing customers to upgrade their device. iOS users, SMDH...

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Yup. My original Ipad mini is basically unusable at this point. Lags, has a hard time connecting to any sort of network, and safari cannot be used anymore. iOS has basically convinced me to ditch the one apple product I have ever owned and get a windows 8 tablet.

15. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

My 4S was fine with iOS8. And it isn't like Apple forced me to update to iOS8, I could've stayed on iOS7 and just not updated. Apple gave me that choice, for a 3 year old device, unlike many Android OEMs. God, how dare Apple support my 3 year old phone and give me the option to update to their new OS if I want the new features and security they added. Those monsters.

19. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

That's good for you that you didn't have any issues, but your experience was far from typical. You got very, very lucky. I'll grant you that nobody forced you to update, but come on. Most people would assume that if an update is available that it is safe and has gone through rigorous Q&A testing to ensure compatability. It should absolutely be assumed, expected, and implied that if a company rolls out an update it will not break older devices. The fact that ios8 broke so many older devices tells us there are only one of two possibilities: 1) apple did no quality/compatability testing with it on older devices OR 2) they did the testing, found it broke a significant number of older devices and said "meh, f*ck ;em, they can just buy another one" I'm strongly leaning towards #2.

26. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Most people I know didn't have their phones slow down too much from it, and as the guy below me said...iOS8.1.2 made is basically the same as iOS7. Or Apple expected people to realize after 25 years of most people have computers, that installing the latest software updates that provide more power hungry features on outdated hardware will cause the experience to be slower. I mean, if Apple hadn't provided that update to the 4S even more people would be complaining about how an "only 3 year old device" isn't being updated (even though security patches would still be released) and make the same argument about how Apple is forcing people to upgrade. Just like they always do when iOS versions for older phones don't get certain features (even though it is often hardware related) I for one thing Apple's model of supporting older devices and allowing consumers to make their own decision about if they want to upgrade to the newer OS is better than the competing Android version where they wouldn't be updated at all.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You can ask me because I own 4S and guess what. It was lagging on iOS8 but now on 8.1.2 it opens apps just slightly slower than 7.1.2 which , as for 3 years old phone worked perfectly, and I don't regret upgrading. iP4 didn't get iOS8 so get your facts straight first. And what's most important - no, Apple doesn't force updates, it doesn't download it automatically and, maybe it did it past but not now. You know you won't be able to downgrade and aren't convinced enough? So don't upgrade!

9. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Can't wait to see what new bugs and glitches this will bring.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So far so good, spotlight search is much better now.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Noticeable smoothness increase, a little faster, and improved what it said it would. Thanx Apple.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good to hear, honestly. Even though I loathe it, I still get a little worked up for others to get a update/bug Squasher. We trust you to tell us if life is all good with it later too? Oh wait, yur une oh dem ifan, you hamster loving son of a army boot wearing mudaa! Yu smull finny tu.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

IOSLMFAO is gonna get you four this won.

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Like that other guy, he's an as a whole too? I still fund some of there postes funni.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You geyes ar hearding my I's. Nok it of.

30. bree_whut_

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Does this fix the keyboard glitch? When i updated my iPhone 5 to the IOS 8.1.2 it sent my phones keyboard spiraling out of control. I now have the iPhone 6 and I don't want my keyboard to go crazy either.

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