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Who is it to do it? ?
iOS 12.1.3 is for all compatible iOS 12 devices: iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later. Compatible devices will be prompted to upgrade, but you can also trigger it manually by navigating to Settings & gt; General & gt; Software Update . Beta testers running iOS 12.2 (later), scroll your device to iOS 12.1.3 to appear.
The new update weighs up to 300MB, a significant size for an update that does not provide new features and omits most crucial solution . I say "up to" because the update size will vary depending on your device and which version of iOS it is upgrading.
The Deal Breakers
Jailbreakers, yes you must avoid that, but you already know that.
Moreover, the major reason to steer clear of iOS 12.1.3 is its serious problems with cellular data. iOS 12.1.1 started it iOS 12.1.2 united it and now iOS 12.1.3 has made things worse. For example, the customers of the major US carrier Sprint have been so badly hit that it has warned users to stay away .
So what do you get?
Apple's official release notes describe iOS 12.1.3 as follows:
iOS 12.1.3 contains bug fixes for your iPhone. This update
- Addresses a problem in messages that can affect scrolling through photos in the detail view
- Addresses a problem where images may have striped artifacts after being sent from the sub archive
- Solves an issue that may cause audio distortion When Using External Audio Input Devices on iPad Pro (2018)
- Solves an issue that can cause certain CarPlay systems to be disconnected from iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
This release also includes bug fixes for HomePod. This update:
- Fixes an issue that can cause HomePod to restart
- Addresses a problem that can cause Siri to stop listening
Yes, not only does iOS 12.1.3 repair the cellular data error that has left users without 3G and 4G signal for months it does not attempt to include any kind of repair. The fixes listed are inconceivably useful, but I have not seen any of them eported anywhere on social media. Affected users will be happy, but I have serious questions about Apple's priority here.
For security purposes, Apple's official security site shows that iOS 12.1.3 has targeted vulnerabilities including Bluetooth, FaceTime and WebKit (the engine behind Safari).
Apple iOS 12.1.3 Rating: Stay Away
Apple must address the cellular data issues introduced in iOS 12. First introduced in iOS 12.1.1, they have gradually deteriorated in iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.3 and I recommend no user risk their iPhone's basic functionality for what is otherwise step-by-step updates. iPad users, even those with cellular data, do not seem to be unaffected, so go for it.
This article is updated continuously, so be sure to bookmark it and check back to see if any additional issues or fixes have occurred before taking the leap.
The Way Forward
Apple has started beta test iOS 12.2 and it brings HomeKit TV Support, Home Controls for TV, AirQuality to Apple Maps, upgrades to Safari and design tweaks to multiple apps. This looks like a very valuable paper upgrade, but only if Apple is facing the music and provides a solution to iOS 'ongoing cellular issues.
Having said that, I sincerely hope that a smaller iOS 12.1.4 dedicated bug fix will be displayed in advance because larger point releases may take several months of testing before being released. Your move, Apple.
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