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Minor iOS 8.1.3 Update in the Works Ahead of Apple Watch and iOS 8.2

While Apple is actively beta testing iOS 8.2 with developers well in advance of its public launch in order to provide tools for building Apple Watch apps, it appears there will be at least one more minor software update before iOS 8.2 launches to the public. Over the past week, MacRumors has seen an increasing number of devices from Apple's networks and in general that are identifying themselves as running iOS 8.1.3, likely another bug fix update.

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Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 8.1.3

The first sign of iOS 8.1.3 from Apple appeared in our logs December 8, just a day before the company released iOS 8.1.2 to the public to patch a minor issue with disappearing ringtones and deliver other minor bug fixes. A day later, Apple seeded the second iOS 8.2 beta to registered developers.


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Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3

The number of hits from iOS 8.1.3 remains low, numbering just a few dozen in total from Apple's networks. A view of overall traffic from iOS 8.1.3 devices shows a clearer upward trend aside from a weekend dip, based on a much larger sample size. While there are more likely to be faked identifiers in the general pool of web visitors, the clear trend of increasing usage and visits coming from Apple's own networks have historically been reliable indicators of Apple's development work.

A potential release date for iOS 8.1.3 remains unknown, but with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it appears likely a launch will not occur until early next year unless the update addresses a significant issue that Apple needs to fix more quickly.

The company has not seeded any builds of the update to developers for testing, and it is unclear whether the company has plans to do so, as minor updates such as this one typically do not go through developer testing. One recent exception, however, was iOS 8.1.1 seeded in early November and released to the public a few weeks later.

According to Apple's tracking, iOS 8 is installed on 63 percent of active iOS devices, a figure that continues to slowly rise as users upgrade their existing devices and purchase new ones already running iOS 8.

Tag: iOS 8.1.3


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26 months ago
It just works...eventually.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago

IOS 8 has been nothing short of a cluster....


Certainly no worse than IOS 6 and IOS 7.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago
I sure hope they fix the issue where Spotlight stops searching for apps. It's really frustrating when you have a lot of apps and learned to depend on search rather than sifting through folders.
Rating: 6 Votes
26 months ago
IOS 8 has been nothing short of a cluster....
Rating: 6 Votes
26 months ago
I know the probability of this is zero, but I would love it if Apple would hold off on iOS 9 for another year.

No iOS 9 in 2015. Just continued improvement and refinement of iOS 8.

...and if they must release an iOS 9, not too many new features. Just make the most stable and rock solid iOS release ever. The bug fixes really need to catch up to the feature additions; even 8.1.2 is still glitchy in some places.

This would actually be a great way to bring in the iPhone 6s -- Refined version of the iPhone 6, shipping with a refined version of iOS. iOS 9: Rock solid.

One can dream, right?
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
If only it will fix safari. Every update I hope it does, but it doesn't. Sigh.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago
I always wonder why Apple's workers are visiting MacRumors from their phones during internal testing...
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

* complete device freeze when a Message is received. super annoying. introduced in 8.0, and yet to be fixed.

* rotation issues. i keep unlocking to a landscape Messages window when the device is in portrait. it won't rotate. introduced in 8.0, and yet to be fixed.

* WiFi issues. i'm fine on my home AP, but iOS 8 devices just won't play with any AT&T-provided AP i've used. introduced in 8.0, and yet to be fixed.

* iCloud tabs haven't worked in a while. how did no one from Apple notice this? introduced in 8.1, and yet to be fixed.

* swiping up to close apps can end up with their preview image getting "stuck" at the top of the screen. This was a problem in 7.0, fixed in 7.1, then brought right back in 8.0.

Anyone want to take bets that iOS 8.1.3 doesn't fix any of those issues?


I and no one I know has any of these problems, you might want to try and fresh install, sounds like something is corrupt
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
Please. Fix. 3rd Party Keyboards.

OKAY PEACE OUT
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
Apple is giving away the updates for free.
Apple mainly makes their money selling the content, as well as some hardware and a little software.
Apple should make the iOS and MacOSX work on more older hardware so that more users would be kept in the fold and buying content.
It really isn't that hard and Apple has the resources to write operating systems that gracefully fall back on features that aren't able to be supported by the older hardware. Most features can be supported with ease even by Macs from 1999 and the original iPhones.
This can all be done at the compiler level so there is no burden on users of new hardware - each compiled make is the best update for it's target hardware. This is old hat.

By offering legacy support Apple would improve user security, sell more content, make more money and bring in more users who would at some point upgrade to newer hardware.
Older hardware is a big market that reaches down to a lower price point at nearly no cost to Apple.
Rating: 3 Votes

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