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Apple iOS 8.1.3 update brings new features and fixes several bugs


Apple has released the official iOS 8.1.3 update on Tuesday that brings in new features and several bug fixes. The latest update is available as an over the air (OTA) update and will be available for download through iTunes.

The highlight of the update is the reduced storage space required for a software update. The update will be made available to a wide range of users when compared with the previous iOS 8.1.2 update which failed to fix several bugs. An issues that prevented users from entering Apple ID and password for Messages and FaceTime has now been fixed. A bug which prevented Spotlight from displaying app results been fixed.

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New features like configuration options for standardized testing has been added and a minor multitasking issue in iPad has been fixed. However the update does not fix the GMT bug which shows appointments in different time zones due to sever sync issues. The bug is likely to have originate from Google Calender or Microsoft Exchange. In the earlier iOS 8.1.2 update released in December, Apple had fixed an issue that caused users to lose purchased ringtones from iTunes.

In the Coming months, Apple is set to release iOS 8.2 update that will include a feature for communication between Apple Watch and iPhone. The HealthKit app will include new features in the update. Developers have already received the test build of WatchKit for app development. The update is in beta testing and pre-release builds includes WatchKit tools.

iOS 8.1.3 update has come a long way in fixing bugs ever since the first 8.1.1 update that was released in November for performance improvements and followed by the 8.1.2 update. iOS 8 was released in September during the release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay was added after a month but several bugs in the initial release left many users frustrated.

Users can download the update by accessing Settings > General > Software Update and the download size of the 8.1.3 update is 246MB. The update will be available for iPhone 4s onwards, iPad 2 onwards including all iPad Mini versions and iPod fifth-generation. Apple has also released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 for Mac devices which includes a new “120 Sports” channel that will provide users with daily update of more than 10 hours of free content from NASCAR, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, NCAA.

The reduced storage space required for an update has become a huge relief for Apple users and the company has not disappointed on fixing bugs as well. Do you find any bugs after the latest 8.1.3 update, let us know.

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