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5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.1.3 Update



Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 12 and the iOS 12.1.3 update is currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date for iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch.

The iOS 12.1.2 update is still fairly new, but Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 12 and those that can’t wait for the official release can try an early version of iOS 12.1.3 right now.

With an iOS 12.1.3 release now on the horizon, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next version of iOS 12.

In this guide to the iOS 12.1.3 update we’ll take you through iOS 12.1.3’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 12.1.3 release date and release time, the iOS 12.1.3 beta, and more.

iOS 12.1.3 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 12.1.3 to roll out you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed its fourth iOS 12.1.3 beta to developers and users enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

The iOS 12.1.3 beta is compatible with all devices capable of running iOS 12 a list that includes the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, iPhone X, and many others.

Before you download the iOS 12.1.3 beta to your device remember that Apple’s betas, even for small point updates like this, are typically plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed.

You should be able to fix some of these issues on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will require a fix from Apple.

iOS 12.1.3 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 12.1.3 release date or release window so there’s no telling how long the update will stay in beta testing.

iOS 12.1.3 looks like it’s a small maintenance upgrade, but that doesn’t mean we’ll see a fast release. Apple will likely release a few more betas before it’s comfortable with the update’s performance.

At this point, we’d expect the iOS 12.1.3 update arrive sometime in early 2019, probably in mid-to-late January as the company works to corrects iOS 12 problems.

iOS 12.1.3 Release Time

We don’t have a iOS 12.1.3 release date just yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The iOS 12.1.3 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific whenever Apple chooses to release it. The company only announces iOS release dates on stage during media events. And with Apple’s first 2019 launch event likely taking place in March, don’t expect to get a firm release date ahead of time.

Apple will also release iOS 12.1.3 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 12.1.3 release time in the United States and countries around the world:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

iOS 12.1.3 Update: What’s New

iOS 12.1.3 is a point update which means it will likely deliver new bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches for potential exploits.

Developers digging through the first three betas haven’t discovered much of anything but that could change as the update progress behind the scenes.

iOS 12.1.3 Jailbreak

Jailbreak developers haven’t released an iOS 12 jailbreak and it’s unclear if we’ll get one in 2018.

The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 11. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to iOS 11.

Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn exploits on pre-release software so jailbreak users should avoid the 12.1.3 beta until we have more clarity.

For more on the iOS 12 jailbreak, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.2 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.2 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.2.

If you value your device's security, and you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.1.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. iOS 12.1.2 itself doesn't come with any new security patches.

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read more about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get its 24 patches with your version of iOS 12.1.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.2 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.1.2 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1.2 today.

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