iOS 8.1.3 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is here and it fixes several lingering iOS and iOS 8 problems. Apple’s new update doesn’t fix everything though. iOS 8.1.3 problems are starting to emerge in the aftermath of the update’s release and today, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS update.

For several weeks, iOS 8.1.3 rumors swirled around the heads of iPhone and iPad users, teasing them with the prospect of a new bug fix update ahead of the iOS 8.2 release. iOS 8.2 is confirmed though a release is expected to arrive around the time that Apple pushes out its new Apple Watch hardware. The Apple Watch release date is now confirmed for sometime in April.


iPhone and iPad users dealing with iOS 8 problems were hopeful that iOS 8.1.3 would arrive and finally, after tons of rumor and speculation, Apple pushed out the update to users around the world.

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Apple’s iOS 8.1.3 update arrived earlier this week to great fanfare. The large update, it checks in at more than 100MB in size, comes with a number of fixes on board including solutions for multitasking gesture issues on the iPad and a fix for the amount of storage needed to install an iOS update Over-the-Air through settings. It’s an important update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and one that many users have already installed.


Incremental updates like iOS 8.1.3 always have the potential to have a huge impact on iPhone or iPad performance, both positive and negative. Already, we’re hearing about the negative as iPhone and iPad users have begun to complain about various bugs and issues.


With iOS 8.1.3 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves, potential fixes, and a look at what the future of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looks like.

iOS 8.1.3 Problems Plaguing iPhone & iPad Users

In what should not come as a surprise to anyone, iPhone and iPad users are starting to complain about iOS 8.1.3 problems. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that we always see complaints after iOS updates. It doesn’t matter if the update is 10MB in size, someone, somewhere, always runs into a problem.

iPhone and iPad users are pointing out a number of different issues including various problems with Wi-Fi, a calendar bug that’s stuck around and is driving iPhone and iPad users crazy, iOS 8.1.3 installation problems, a problem with the battery percentage jumping abnormally (this is an issue that’s been around for many months now), issues with cellular data, problems with predictive text, persistent Bluetooth problems, iOS 8.1.3 battery life problems, issues with devices running hot, various issues with apps, problems with mail, and a whole lot more. This is just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately.

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A couple of iOS 8.1.3 users we’ve spoken to claim that they’ve encounter a couple of random reboots on the iPad Air specifically after installing iOS 8.1.3 though that doesn’t seem to be a problem for most.

It’s important to point out that most of these iOS 8.1.3 problems are isolated issues. There are a few (Wi-Fi, calendar bug, battery percentage) that seem to be affecting quite a few people but most of these issues appear to be limited to just a few users.

We also point these iOS 8.1.3 problems out for a reason. iPhone and iPad users, even those of you that have owned a device for a long time, need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates. Even small ones like iOS 8.1.3. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can certainly try.

iOS 8.1.3 Not a Problem for Many Users

While we’re seeing a number of complaints, we’re also getting solid feedback from iPhone and iPad users who recently made the move from one version of iOS to iOS 8.1.3. In particular, iPhone users are saying that the update has fixed their perceived battery life problems. iOS 8.1.3 did not come with any battery fixes listed in the change log but it appears to have had a positive effect for a number of people.

We’ve posted iOS 8.1.3 impressions for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusiPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 3, iPod touch, and we’ve rounded up feedback from iPad 2 and iPhone 4s users. What we, and many others have found, is that iOS 8.1.3 is a very stable update. And while it might “anger” some people, it’s not going to “anger” most people.


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We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve spent some more time with Apple’s latest iOS 8 update but so far, the update has been treating all of our devices extremely well. iOS 8.1.3 comes with some important bug fixes and most importantly, it doesn’t appear to come with any widespread hero level issues affecting all iPhone and iPad users on iOS 8.

Every single iOS update comes with its own set of problems. This is nothing new. Its been that way since Apple first started rolling out iOS updates to its mobile devices. Yes, there are problems but there is no reason to panic right now. iOS 8.1.3 is looking very good two days after its release.

There Are Fixes for iOS 8.1.3 Problems

If you do stumble upon an iOS 8.1.3 problem, note that there are probably some fixes out there for that problem. We recently put together a list of common iOS 8.1.3 problems and fixes for those issues. Many of these fixes have been passed down from update to update so there are some proven solutions in there. These fixes, which range from solutions for battery life problems to fixes for installation problems, aren’t going to work for everyone but they’re worth a look if you encounter problems.


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Those are going to be a great starting point though we think you should expand your horizons. Apple’s Discussion Forums typically provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Keep these in mind so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.3. Issues may not appear for a few days or in some cases, for a few weeks, so it’s important to have these places in mind just in case something does go wrong.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.1.2

Right now, for a limited time, you can move back down to iOS 8.1.2. This is an option if the going gets too tough with iOS 8.1.3 on board. We doubt that it will but a downgrade is certainly there if you need it.

It’s not clear how long this opportunity will last so if you want to make the move, you’re going to have to do so soon. Apple typically closes this up within a few days of a release. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 and it’s worth a look if you, for whatever, reason want to drop back down.

iOS 8.2 Release Date MIA

If you can’t find a permanent fix for your iOS 8.1.3 problems and you don’t want to move back down to iOS 8.1.1, you’re simply going to have to hold out hope that Apple’s next iOS update fixes those issues. Sadly, you’re probably going to be waiting for awhile.

Apple’s next major iOS 8 update is expected to be the iOS 8.2 update that’s currently in the company’s beta program. Apple recently released iOS 8.2 beta 4, a sign that its inching closer to release. With an Apple Watch release now targeted for April though, we may not see the iOS 8.2 release date arrive for a number of weeks.

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The Apple Watch is set to arrive in April.

That’s something you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re concerned about or if you’re dealing with iOS 8.1.3 problems. You’re really going to have to dig in deep and be proactive if you do stumble into iOS 8.1.3 problems because fixes from Apple itself probably aren’t close.