Apple rolls out iOS 12.1.3 update with bug fixes for iPhones, iPads, and HomePods

Apple rolls out iOS 12.1.3 update with bug fixes for iPhones, iPads, and HomePods
Apple’s first round of software updates this year is understandably and unsurprisingly lightweight, focusing on fixing largely minor bugs on iPhones, iPads, HomePods, and Apple Watches rather than bringing any major new features to the table.

Curiously enough, the iOS 12.1.3 changelog does not reference any of the recently surfaced cellular data and Wi-Fi connectivity issues on iPhones around the world, so either affected users need to wait for a future update or said glitches have been magically ironed out without us noticing.

Hopefully, the latest OS revision won’t cause any new connectivity problems while doing a proper job of resolving certain specific malfunctions with the Messages app, external audio input devices on the 2018 iPad Pro generation, and CarPlay system functionality.

Namely, scrolling through photos in the Messages Details view should be buttery smooth once again, audio distortion on your fancy new iPad Pro when using an external input device is now gone, and “certain” CarPlay systems will no longer disconnect from the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, according to official iOS 12.1.3 release notes shared by 9To5Mac.

Meanwhile, the Apple HomePod is getting not only “general improvements for stability and quality” over-the-air as we speak, but also a fix for a random restart issue and something to ensure Siri never stops listening for your commands. Not too shabby!

Finally, the watchOS 5.1.3 update is naturally far less significant than its predecessor, aiming to generically improve system stability and fix unnamed bugs on your new and old Apple Watch instead of enabling life-saving functionality.

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30 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Give it two days max and we will learn about the new bugs this update brings.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's why I'm updating mine now. There'll be bugs regardless, so why even wait. Apple lost its touch with updates as of the horribly horrendous iOS 8.0.2. Now it's just update, and see what the hell happens.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 17, 2017

Updated mine last night. No issues that I’ve noticed so far. Fingers crossed, eh?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here. So far so good, hope it’s stable.

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 17, 2017

Well, so far, the only thing I can report is that my battery life seems slightly better. I would not have expected that!

2. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The whole "it just works" thing has been invalid for years now. Apple needs to do better with their updates.

3. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The connectivity fixes are what's really needed. Who cares about more features if the phone won't connect?

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Those cellular and WiFi issues are hardware issues (crappy intel modems), software updates won’t work.

20. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

But you still have your iPhone.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Which qualifies me to criticize it......duhhh

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 17, 2017

Unlike Mxy, who only critiques devices he doesn’t own, and has no intention of owning. LOL.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. For some dumb reason, mxy thinks I hate Apple, that’s 100% untrue. I do however want more for my money.

29. Vancetastic

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 17, 2017

I agree. I don’t mind spending it, but I want value, too, not just a name. I really do like my X, though. I am hoping iOS 13 brings some new stuff for it!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hear it’s supposed to be a major redesign. I hope that’s true, and it brings major features.

10. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Dark I agree 100% reason I reactivated my 8 plus which works perfect.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple sent out at least one or two cellular/wifi fixes, and neither worked. The fix is going back to Qualcomm.

14. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Apple should give us refunds.

19. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Ios: bugs, bugs and more bugs.Maybe a day they hit the target.

23. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

every time the update come they never mention anything about iPhone X as if it wasn't even there

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