Today Apple sent out the newest version of iOS to all devices capable of running versions of iOS 8. This update brings iOS to version 8.1.3, and like the 8.1.2 patch before it, this update is aimed at squashing bugs that still remain after the major iOS 8.0 and 8.1 updates from last year. Apple's changelog for the update is below, although there are often small bug fixes that don't get put on the list of changes.

  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
  • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
  • Fixed an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad
  • Adds new configuation options for education standardized testing

As you can see, the number of changes isn't massive. However, users with 8GB and 16GB devices will definitely appreciate the reduced storage requirements for updating to iOS 8. The OTA version of the update had previously required users to have 5GB free on their devices, which was almost impossible for users with 8GB devices to accomplish. Apple has not quantified how much they have reduced these requirements, so we'll have to wait for reports from users who are still on iOS 7 before we know how much Apple was able to reduce the storage required. The fix for multitasking gestures on the iPad is long overdue, and it's something I've been experiencing on my iPad since iOS 8 launched. One fix that doesn't seem to be included is one for the audio drop outs that some Apple users are still experiencing with Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

In addition to bug fixes, iOS 8.1.3 includes a number of security improvements which can be viewed in detail on Apple's security page for the update.

The update weighs in at around 250MB and it's rolling out now. As stated earlier, it's available on any Apple device that can run iOS 8, which includes any device with an A5 processor or newer. 

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  • k2_8191 - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - link

    Does anyone have any ideas about "education standardized testing"?
    I don't see why such exams are related to smartphone configurations...
  • Arnaud73 - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - link

    Not exactly working as expected : my iPhone 4S 16GB with half a GB free asked to be connected to iTunes for restoration after the update has been applied...
  • CX71 - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - link

    Hope this speeds up my iPad Mini. iOS8 practically killed it.

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