Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3

ios_settingsApple released an update to its mobile operating system, iOS, this week.  The latest update, iOS 8.1.3, includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements.

Foremost in the update is a reduction in the storage required to perform a software update.  This has been an issue for many, including me.  Due to the fact that I use a sizable portion of my storage on my iPhone and iPad, I typically have to download an iOS update in iTunes, connect my device and update it through iTunes.   This will be a welcomed improvement to many, including me.

The update also fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime.

Also addressed is an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results – a bug fix for something that I found to be somewhat annoying.

A fix for multitasking gestures on iPad is included as are new configuration options for education standardized testing.

You can get the update in the Settings app (General –> Software Update).   Tap ‘Install Now’.  You will be prompted for your Passcode (if you have one).  As always, you will have to agree to iOS and Game Center terms and conditions as well as the Apple Privacy Policy.  Then you are good to go.

Please note that your device will restart during the install procedure.


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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at