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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Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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Premium1 says:

Wish they didn't always require wifi.

Enzo83 says:

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

The_Chosen_One says:

Well of course! It's Apple! :)

djstarion says:

Just a reminder that THIS BREAKS EVASI0N. IF YOU ARE JAILBROKEN DO NOT UPDATE.

chaitanya91845 says:

This is what I was looking for and was afraid of. I am not updating to the latest version. Thanks

gmonkey88 says:

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.

Rowanova says:

Google Maps app? Mapquest app?

Simple solutions for simple problems.

broadwayblues says:

I guess this takes time to push out to all iPhones? I am on Verizon and iTunes says that I am up to date on 6.1.2.

kch50428 says:

Go to Settings>> general>>Software Update and do it over the air.

prophoto1 says:

just give it a bit of time it will be pushed to you today! thats how apple works, which is great!

czhDavid says:

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

rockerchick says:

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!

kch50428 says:

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)

cardfan says:

Not touching this one.

vianar says:

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.

Derrick4Real says:

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.

claustin says:

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!

Derrick4Real says:

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.

Shi Yu says:

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

redbeard says:

That'll show Samsung!! How will Google respond to this amazing update ?!?!?!

claustin says:

why would they need to respond to an incremental update at all?

chicagomatt says:

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.

iSRS says:

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.

claustin says:

yeah it moves to one side or the other depending on how crowded it gets up there

iSRS says:

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

chicagomatt says:

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.

NAMISH says:

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.

NAMISH says:

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.

pepsijosh says:

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)

BrianTufo says:

I wish they didn't break jailbreak. Looks like my ipad mini and iPhone 5 are staying on 6.1.2.

NAMISH says:

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!!

SFCMM_Spuds says:

Thanks for letting us know about the iOS update and what it contained in it overview

asuperstarr says:

I'm glad for the update. You can ignore security. This repair of the vulnerability is good.

SuperBad007 says:

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

brooklyndon2911 says:

Meantime gs3 are still waiting for their update. The advantages of a walled in system.

BigLan says:

I am not updating until their's a jailbreak available.

shinuyuki says:

They fixed maps in Japan. Other than than..not updating I NEED JAILBREAK

dgrass90 says:

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...

m3wz1k says:

Any change on the 4s battery life? My 4s isn´t lasting as it used to, or is my device...?

gordol says:

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.

Wyatt says:

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.

Wyatt says:

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.

wHoKares says:

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.

bahandi says:

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

Hammer says:

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.

Hammer says:

Update: Problem resolved, not an issue with iOS after all.

Sebastian Kallman says:

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.

nickE10mm says:

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!

Sebastian Kallman says:

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.

nickE10mm says:

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.

Vanti says:

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.

nicholas1313 says:

About to update! Thank u for the new. Info imore!:)

GlennRuss says:

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.

Jaguarr40 says:

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.

lucky8919 says:

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

offdahglass says:

When will these updates be a REAL update that gets people hyped again?

CIrlanaru Madalin says:

Yes this is true. i think their only purpose was to close the jailbreak with evasion.

emjayess says:

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!

wfa31 says:

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

rewNATION says:

my 4S won't show it. It still wants me to update to 6.1.2

andrew202 says:

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.