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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Minor iOS 8.1.3 Update in the Works Ahead of Apple Watch and iOS 8.2
  2. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Since iOS 8.1.2 the quick reply from the lock screen freezes most of the time. :/

    On a positive note, they've fixed most of the rotation bugs I was having.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Considering that iOS 8.2 probably won't be out until around the time that the Apple Watch is actually released, which is sometime early next year at the earliest, it's not that surprising that there would likely be at least one more bug fix release for iOS between now and then.
  4. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    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.
  5. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Wonder when we'll actually see 8.2? February or March?
  6. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Unrelated to this thread, but I'm so excited about 8.1.2! I just upgraded a couple days ago and I was able to restore my old text tone that I lost ages ago.

    It's the communicator beep from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, for those curious ;)
  7. Cayden macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2014
    I'm really hoping 8.2 will come out in February along with the Apple Watcy
  8. commander.data macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Perhaps it's to close the latest jailbreak vulnerabilties.
  9. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    IOS 8 has been nothing short of a cluster....
  10. poe diddley macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    greensboro nc
    If only it will fix safari. Every update I hope it does, but it doesn't. Sigh.
  11. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    what's wrong with your safari
  12. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    I always wonder why Apple's workers are visiting MacRumors from their phones during internal testing...
  13. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    * 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?
  14. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Certainly no worse than IOS 6 and IOS 7.
  15. pgiguere1, Dec 16, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    It does this for music too.

    As someone with 50GB of music, Spotlight was usually the fastest way to start a specific track, but since iOS 8 it can't find anything.

    Now I have to open the Music app each time, and deal with 2 other bugs in Music.app's search:

    • Wrong album art is shown in search results for tracks with no album art
    • A track opened from Music.app's search doesn't have the "list" button which shows other tracks from the album

    So yeah, I had to change the way I use my iPhone because of a bug and now still have to deal with other bugs! :eek:

    EDIT: For some reason, the forum transforms "x search" to "srch" if x is the letter s, that's why I end up with "Music.app'srch"
  16. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Yeah. You would think that out of everyone on the planet Apple would be able to spoof the version and just have it show up as 8.1.2.
  17. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    That's exactly what it is.
  18. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    There are so many minor yet annoying bugs that haven't been ironed out. Keyboards getting stuck out of place as well as orientation issues.
  19. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I don't know about his Safari, but on my iPad and iPhone I get blank space in pages when scrolling. Only when I scroll slowly this doesn't happen.
  20. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    I and no one I know has any of these problems, you might want to try and fresh install, sounds like something is corrupt
  21. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    No I've gotten the messages and WiFi bugs, along with crappy orientation sensing that gets stuck sideways.

    I text a lot so having the phone keep freezing momentarily when receiving messages is incredibly frustrating.
  22. DriedTurnip macrumors member


    May 28, 2013
    All those problems and more. Have switched to Android for my phone, hopefully iOS9 will be worth coming back to.
  23. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Please. Fix. 3rd Party Keyboards.

  24. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Music still skips when switching between apps.

    3rd Part keyboards still don't work properly.

    Screen on the 6 Plus doesn't rotate properly or even at all.

    Using extensions for photo editing deletes all EXIF metadata.

    Spotlight search for apps display intermittently (sometime it works, sometimes it doesn't).

    iOS 8 is still a mess visually.
  25. Poisonivy326 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    Still waiting for the fix for the music app where you often can't go back a track on a playlist and cover art has disappeared randomly from albums.

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