Minor iOS 8.1.3 Update Likely Coming Next Week [Updated]

In mid-December, we reported that Apple was working on a minor iOS 8.1.3 update as developers test iOS 8.2, and it appears that the iOS 8.1.3 update could be close to seeing a public release.

According to BGR's sources, Apple is planning on debuting an iOS 8 software update "sometime in the next week" and while the site cannot confirm whether it's a new beta or a public release, our own data suggests the upcoming update is most likely iOS 8.1.3.

Over the course of the past week, MacRumors has seen an increase in visits from devices on Apple's networks that identify themselves as running iOS 8.1.3, and as of yesterday, that number jumped significantly, suggesting a larger number of Apple employees are now testing the software ahead of a public launch.

The first hints of iOS 8.1.3 appeared on December 8 just ahead of the release of iOS 8.1.2, and while initial visit numbers were in the dozens for much of the month, we are now seeing hundreds of visits from devices that are running iOS 8.1.3.

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

We are also seeing a larger number of general devices (not specifically from Apple-based networks) running iOS 8.1.3 and while there are likely some faked identifiers in the general pool of web visitors, an increased number of visits directly from Apple networks has historically hinted at Apple's software development plans.

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Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3

Like iOS 8.1.2, which fixed a ringtone issue along with other bugs, iOS 8.1.3 is expected to be a minor update that bundles in small bug fixes and performance improvements. As with the previous release, iOS 8.1.3 is likely to be launched to the public without a beta test.

iOS 8's next major update is iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK, which was seeded to developers in November. As an update that introduces significant system changes, iOS 8.2 will see an extended beta testing period before launching alongside the upcoming Apple Watch. It remains unknown when Apple plans to debut the Apple Watch, but recent rumors have hinted at a March launch.

Aside from iOS 8.1.3 and iOS 8.2, Apple employees also appear to be testing both iOS 8.3 and iOS 9, but visits from devices running those versions of iOS remain low.

Update: According to a source who spoke to MacRumors, Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 8.1.3 build 12B460 to select retail employees for testing, which explains the increase in visits we've seen from devices running the 8.1.3 software.

Apple has involved its retail employees in OS X testing for several years, but the early release of iOS 8.1.3 marks the first time Apple's retail workers have received access to iOS for testing purposes. Apple has not specified what changes are in iOS 8.1.3 or when it will be released.

Update 2: Our source has clarified that iOS 8.1.3 was actually released to employees on Wednesday, January 7, not Monday, and the software appears to include only under-the-hood bug fixes that are not readily apparent.

Related Forums: iOS 8, iOS 9

Top Rated Comments

timborama Avatar
99 months ago
Let's be honest, it will fix nothing.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneMadRssn Avatar
99 months ago
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Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 8.1.3

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Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3
Why does MacRumors, time and time again with this sort of post, not put up a y-axis label and scale on these graphs? The graphs are totally meaningless without a scale. Is that a jump from 2 visitors per month to 7 visitors per month? Or is that a jump from 5,292 visitors per month to 20,932 visitors per month?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
afsnyder Avatar
99 months ago
If it fixes pulling up control center when keyboard is up....... I'll be happy.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WildCowboy Avatar
99 months ago
Why does MacRumors, time and time again with this sort of post, not put up a y-axis label and scale on these graphs? The graphs are totally meaningless without a scale. Is that a jump from 2 visitors per month to 7 visitors per month? Or is that a jump from 5,292 visitors per month to 20,932 visitors per month?
We don't want to share exact numbers, primarily for competitive reasons. But the total number of hits from iOS 8.1.3 devices now numbers in the thousands...does that help? :)
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blevins321 Avatar
99 months ago

I never install a .0 release, even 8.1.3.0

So you're saying that you never install any update?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hlfway2anywhere Avatar
99 months ago
we need a batterylife fix

Please fix our batteries!

This probably isn't going to happen. If your battery life is drastically different on iOS 8 there's probably something wrong with your phone or a corrupt setting on your device.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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