iOS 8.1.3 Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]
Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The minor point release primarily focuses on bug fixes, but is also said to increase general stability of iOS as well. All eligible devices running prior versions of iOS 8 are recommended to install iOS 8.1.3.
For users with less available storage on their iOS devices, or an endlessly expanding “Other” storage capacity, the iOS 8.1.3 may be particularly welcome in that it is said to reduce the amount of free storage space available to install an available software update. The total reduction is currently unclear, but users who have limited storage capacity on their iPhone and iPad hardware have been able to install the update with as little as 500MB free. That is a considerable change given that prior iOS updates often required several GB of storage capacity to be available.
The iOS 8.1.3 software package arrives as an OTA download weighing between 150MB and 300MB, depending on the target hardware.
Download & Install iOS 8.1.3
The simplest way for most users to install iOS 8.1.3 is through the Software Update mechanism contained within the Settings app on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Always backup your devices before installing software updates of any sort:
- Start a back up to iCloud or iTunes first and let it complete – do not skip this
- Open the “Settings” app and go to “General”
- Choose “Software Update” and when iOS 8.1.3 appears, choose “Download & Install”
The update will download from Apple servers and install itself automatically, rebooting the device automatically to complete the software update.
Users can also choose to install iOS 8.1.3 through iTunes update, or by installing manually with IPSW firmware files using the links below. The latter method is more advanced and not recommended for most.
iOS 8.1.3 IPSW Direct Download Links
Users who wish to install iOS 8.1.3 through firmware files can find direct download links to the IPSW on Apple servers at the links below, right-click and choose ‘Save As’ for best results. The file extension should be .ipsw and not anything else.
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5S CDMA
- iPhone 5S GSM
- iPhone 5 CDMA
- iPhone 5 GSM
- iPhone 5c CDMA
- iPhone 5c GSM
- iPhone 4s
- iPod Touch 5th Generation
- iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad Air 2 GSM & CDMA Cellular
- iPad Air Wi-Fi & Cellular
- iPad Air Wi-Fi
- iPad Air CDMA
- iPad 4 CDMA
- iPad 4 GSM
- iPad 4 Wi-Fi
- iPad Mini CDMA
- iPad Mini GSM
- iPad Mini Wi-Fi
- iPad Mini 2 Wi-Fi & Cellular
- iPad Mini 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad Mini 2 CDMA
- iPad Mini 3 China CDMA
- iPad Mini 3 Wi-Fi
- iPad Mini 3 Cellular
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi & Cellular GSM
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi & Cellular CDMA
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi 2,4
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi 2,1
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi & 3G GSM
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi & 3G CDMA
You can learn how to use IPSW for firmware updates here if interested.
iOS 8.1.3 Release Notes
The release notes accompanying the download of iOS 8.1.3 are as follows, other fixes and changes are likely included that have not been specifically mentioned here:
This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements, including:
• Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
• Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
• Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
• Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad
• Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
Separately, Apple has also released OS X 10.10.2 software update for Mac users running OS X Yosemite.