Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update

iOS8IconXAlong with today’s 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, Apple has issued an update for iOS 8. The latest version (8.1.3) fixes problems with the management of Apple IDs in FaceTime, storage requirement calculations for applying software updates, problems with multitasking gestures working on iPads, and adds some new options for standardized testing in education environments.

The update will be available through the Settings > General and then tap Software Update. Wait for your iPhone or iPad to detect and make the update available, and you can then apply it. You can also do this through iTunes by connecting your iPhone to your Mac and then opening iTunes, followed by selecting it in the sidebar and then clicking the Update button in the main information screen.

As always, be sure you have your iPhone and iPad backed up, which can similarly be done in two ways. The first is to go to Settings > iCloud and then go to the Storage & Backup section where you will see iCloud backup options. Tap the slider to enable iCloud backup, and then tap the Back Up Now option to make a new backup.

The second approach for backing up is to again use iTunes, where you can attach your phone or iPad, select it in the iTunes sidebar, and then in the menus go to File > Devices > Back Up to start the backup. When done, you can then proceed with the update.

The update weighs in at 436MB, so if you have a relatively slow internet connection, then you might have to wait a short while for it to download. Alternatively, you can wait to get on a faster Wi-Fi connection or use iTunes on your Mac to download it with a faster broadband connection. Lastly, with the update only just being available, Apple’s servers may be saturated with activity, so you might have to wait a short while (a day or so) for them to issue it faster.

Note that Apple often makes it difficult to downgrade an iPhone or iPad once you have upgraded, as with all updates, you might consider waiting a short while to see if any news reports of problems crop up with this update. Granted there will always be some folks who have problems, so unless there is a major flaw that is found, then consider applying the update as soon as possible.

One thought on “Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update

  1. kootenayredneck (@kootenayredneck)

    What a shambles that was trying to update through iTunes. It left my iPhone as a $1000.00 piece of **** after iTunes was finished with it. Apple has to create a piece of software other than iTunes to update the iPhone. iTunes has become to unmanageable to do almost everything.

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