Apple AAPL +0.65% has officially released iOS 8.1.3. The update can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also download and install the update through iTunes by plugging in your iPhone to your Mac or PC. The iOS 8.1.3 update contains bug fixes, stability enhancements and performance improvements. The download size of iOS 8.1.3 is 246MB.
What are some of the specific changes? The updates include:
1.) The amount of storage required to perform a software update has been reduced.
2.) An issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime has been fixed.
3.) iOS 8.1.3 addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results.
4.) The iPad issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working has been fixed.
5.) There are new configuration options for education standardized testing.
Unfortunately, Apple iOS 8.1.3 does not fix the “GMT bug.” The GMT bug causes appointments created in one time zone on an iOS device to incorrectly show another timezone due to server syncing issues. The appointments with the GMT bugs likely originated from Google GOOGL -0.82% Calendar or Microsoft MSFT -0.12% Exchange.
Apple launched iOS 8 in September when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was announced. Apple Pay support was added about a month later. There were a few bugs when iOS 8 launched so Apple quickly launched iOS 8.1.1 in November and iOS 8.1.2 in December. iOS 8.1.1 added improved performance for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. And iOS 8.1.2 contained other bug fixes, including issues that affected ringtones.
Later this year Apple will release iOS 8.2, which will enable the iPhone and Apple Watch to communicate with each other. Test builds of WatchKit have already been sent to developers for building Apple Watch apps. The Apple Health app will also have improved descriptions when iOS 8.2 is released.
Apple has also released several other software updates for its other products recently. Apple TV has received a new “120 Sports” channel and OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 has been released for Mac devices. 120 Sports is a service that updates daily with over 10 hours of free content from the MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, NCAA and NASCAR.
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Amit Chowdhry Contributor