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.

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SAIRUS Avatar
87 months ago
It just works...eventually.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
87 months ago
IOS 8 has been nothing short of a cluster....

Certainly no worse than IOS 6 and IOS 7.
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WiiDSmoker Avatar
87 months ago
IOS 8 has been nothing short of a cluster....
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newagemac Avatar
87 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.
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zorinlynx Avatar
87 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?
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poe diddley Avatar
87 months ago
If only it will fix safari. Every update I hope it does, but it doesn't. Sigh.
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