Apple releases iOS 6.1.3

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3

Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 which contains a fix for the passcode bypass bug as well as improvements to Maps in Japan. This is the third minor update since the release of iOS 6.1 in late January.

The update is available over the air and through iTunes. Go to Settings > General > Software Update, or connect your device to your computer through USB.

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Is it me, or does it only matter when Apple releases something? :-) All else are just shadow-wannabes. Hey it's true!

I wish they would update the Maps in the US. I'm still getting directions to places 5-10 miles off.....
And it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times.
Not happy.

Why not. Hole was found, hole was fixed and ASAP. With android or WP8 (unfortunatly) it takes much longer

Or it never happens at all. And all you hear is we don't know if the carrier is going to get it blah blah blah. We don't know when it will be released to your model of phone... blah blah blah. Another reason I absolutely hated Android!

Also an update available today for the AppleTV - at least my 3rd Generation got an update..version is said to be 5.2.1 (6025)

I love how apple sends the update carriers have to deal with it. I hate that carriers and 3rd party manufacturers delay android update to the point that many recent products have to wait over a year for the update, if they get it at all.

that may be because a carrier has just a few iphones to when it updates but it probably has 50+ android phones running on it's network that need to receive updates.

not to mention running 50 different hardware configurations and most not running bone stock Android. Most of these phones have a manufacturer-specific UI overlay which also needs to be updated to work with each new Android update, which also takes extra time. Fragmentation!

ok well i don't care about fragmentaion cause i got one phone. I'm just offering an understanding of why it probably takes carriers longer to update android phones. They do a cost benefit analysis i'm sure and decide if they have enough customers to make it worth while. As for fragmentation, i'm not arguing that one platform is better cause it's not fragmented. i honestly don't care about that stuff. i only care about my phone, which isn't android by the way but if it was i'd only care about my phone. like my mom has an android phone. She's no clue what other phones have and doesn't care.

updated to 6.1.3 over the air...
wish that over cellular data is allowed...
Globe Telecom :)
Go lang ng go...

It looks like Apple moved the sync icon to the right, next to the time (or the bluetooth icon if you have that enabled).

It used to be on the left, next to WiFi/carrier indicator.

I noticed that under 6.1.2 but not every time. I think when Do Not Disturb (the moon) was on it was on the right.

And since I am on Verizon, guessing that is long enough with DND and 10:00 PM to force it right.

Interesting. But until today it was always on the left, and now it is on the right. And none of my indicators have changed (Bars, Verizon, WiFi, BT, Time). Hmmm.

Thanks! Updating now...
It may just be my opinion, but I'm a little concerned with the pace here. The bug was reported almost a month ago and taking 25-30 days to fix a potential security flaw in the system doesn't bode well.
I love pretty much every available platform out there for different reasons... may it be iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry, and have used various phones to date including HTC Mozart and Galaxy S3.
When the time came for me to move to a new device, I struggled with making the decision as I was really torn between devices belonging to different platforms. But one of the biggest factors in deciding to go for iPhone 5 was that Apple controlled the flow of their updates without relying on carriers and other entities for them to be pushed out. Don't get me wrong, an update in under a month and instant release to all devices regardless of carriers is still a lot faster/better than how Android and Windows Phone updates happen... But this long to release an update that may present a potential security issue?
I admit that the bug in question may very well be caused by some weird reasons and could have taken time in identifying/fixing... As a developer myself, I can completely relate to that!
I just hope that we don't get to see the situation when a severe security threat is surfaced and it takes Apple time to release a fix.

Thanks! Updating now...
It may just be my opinion, but I'm a little concerned with the pace here. The bug was reported almost a month ago and taking 25-30 days to fix a potential security flaw in the system doesn't bode well.
I love pretty much every available platform out there for different reasons... may it be iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry, and have used various phones to date including HTC Mozart and Galaxy S3.
When the time came for me to move to a new device, I struggled with making the decision as I was really torn between devices belonging to different platforms. But one of the biggest factors in deciding to go for iPhone 5 was that Apple controlled the flow of their updates without relying on carriers and other entities for them to be pushed out. Don't get me wrong, an update in under a month and instant release to all devices regardless of carriers is still a lot faster/better than how Android and Windows Phone updates happen... But this long to release an update that may present a potential security issue?
I admit that the bug in question may very well be caused by some weird reasons and could have taken time in identifying/fixing... As a developer myself, I can completely relate to that!
I just hope that we don't get to see the situation when a severe security threat is surfaced and it takes Apple time to release a fix.

I'm not sure about Android; but on Windows Phone the updates may take a little longer but I have had a Windows Phone since the beginning and they never seem to have any bugs in the software when released (except for the recent 7.8 update, that was blocked & rectified within two weeks)

Not sure what's going on with the comments at iMore... but apparently most of the time when i try to comment on here via my laptop, it fails and sometimes does double comments via the iMore app on my iPhone!!

Apple y u no release maps features in India? May be in the next os update you can give the siri integration's as well

I have to bring my iPhone into the Genius Bar for HW issues this evening so I restored and planned on JB again after I left. Wasn't paying attention and upgraded to iOS 6.1.3. MAJOR bummer.
Anyone know the state of the JB right now? I didn't save my SHSH blobs so it looks like I may just be one unhappy camper...

I'll wait for Evasi0n to update for it. Other than Maps, which is a data issue not an app issue, I'm not experiencing anything to make this a must-have update for me.

This flaw is minor considering someone has to be in physical possession of the phone which at that point your phone is already gone. Secondly, fixing bugs isn't always simple and requires testing. Just look at any one of the apps that put out updates just to turn around with an update to the previous one in some cases a day afterwards. Apple still maintains the best track record for updates of any kind on mobile devices.
I'm just hoping that it resolves the battery issue after 6.1.1 which 6.1.2 failed to do.

This flaw is minor considering someone has to be in physical possession of the phone which at that point your phone is already gone. Secondly, fixing bugs isn't always simple and requires testing. Just look at any one of the apps that put out updates just to turn around with an update to the previous one in some cases a day afterwards. Apple still maintains the best track record for updates of any kind on mobile devices.
I'm just hoping that it resolves the battery issue after 6.1.1 which 6.1.2 failed to do.

Great a new update that fixes most of the new security bugs that evasi0n used. Normally I would install it in a heart beat. BUT being that I like a couple of tweaks found only with a jailbreak. I say thanks but not thanks for now.

Yeesh!! Once evasi0n works for this, I better pick up a 64g model and jailbreak before I'm stuck with the stock OS.

Anyone seeing Exchange server problems again like in the original 6.1.1? My email account just sits and says "sending" while watching my battery die.

Hi Hammer!
I am experiencing an Exchange problem as well, tha mail does not get any mail from my Exchange account, while my gmail account is working fine (through native iPhone mail). It started when I updated so I suspect the iOS to be the problem. Can you tell me what your problem was?

/Sebastian.

I'm having the same issues as both of you (Sebastian and Hammer) ... What did you guys do to fix?? I have no google sync functionality anymore! Bad stuff! No contacts! No push Gmail!

Help!

Hi Nicke!

Sorry, I cannot help you. My Gmail worked all the time, and now the Exchange has started working without me doing anything...

Good Luck, Sebastian.

Thanks for the reply, man....

I did a bit more research that night and found out that Apple did, in fact, STOP signing IOS 6.1.2 altogether only a few days before I had my hardware issue that caused me to have to do all of this.... Anyhow, even spoofing the 'hosts' file didn't allow me to manually install 6.1.2 back on my iP5 so I was stuck having to update to 6.1.3 and will probably never have a jailbreak on this phone again. ::-/

Honestly, the Galaxy S4 is looking better and better these days. Maybe I'll make the jump :) Who knows.

Wow Os 6.1 came out in late January? It feels like I've had it forever hmph it's good to know that apple is at least aware of things like the pass ode bypass an is doing something about it.

Anyone having WiFi connection problems after this update? I rebooted the phone again, but it dropped WiFi four times in an hour, then stayed connected. Will monitor this.

As of right now I don't plan on updating to the latest version of software 6.1.3 based on the bug fixes. They don'r effect me and as one of my friends in the forums said every update he has ever done including me has not effected my battery life which would be my main concern or any bug fixes that are released the also effect me.

I was expecting a little bit more in this article, not just the same information that I got when I run the OTA update.

Just tried to update: got error "21." Then iTunes said the phone had to be restored. iTunes crashed. Then I had to erase all data and update software.

Luckily, I backed up the phone on both the Mac and iCloud before the update procedure! Whew!

Well this BREAKS EVASI0N last jailbreak! by far away!! at least that's what a friend of me said! cause i don't own yet an iPhone 5!! :P

This makes my iPhone 5 work a whole lot better. I had an issue with the WiFi and how it wouldn't stay connected. Now it works and holds a better connection and automatically connects.