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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