Apple releases iOS 12.1.3 with fixes for Messages, HomePod, CarPlay & more

After 4 beta releases, Apple has finally released iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update includes a number of bug fixes for Messages, HomePod, Siri, CarPlay and much more.  

iOS 12.1.3

Apple had previously released iOS 12.1.2 with fixes for eSIM activation. iOS 12.1.3 also includes just bug fixes and no new features or changes. It has been a while since any new features appeared in an iOS 12 updates. Apple usually releases new features for iOS in the first quarter of the year so perhaps iOS 12.2 might include some new changes.

With iOS 12.1.3, Apple has fixed an old known issue with Messages that made it difficult to scroll through photos in details view, accessible by tapping on the info icon in a Messages conversation. Other fixes are aimed at the share sheet, audio distortion with external input devices on 2018 iPad Pro, CarPlay disconnecting with latest 2018 iPhones and HomePod restarting bug.

iOS 12.1.3 change log

Here are the complete releases notes from Apple for iOS 12.1.3

This update:

  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view
  • Addresses an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
  • Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
  • Resolves an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

This release also includes bug fixes for HomePod. This update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening

Upgrade to iOS 12.1.3

Over the air:

To upgrade to iOS 12.1.3, simply go Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device and wait for the update to show up. Once it shows, tap Download and Install. Makes sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and have more than 50% battery capacity to download the update.

You can also enable automatic updates on this screen to download future updates automatically.

Using iTunes:

Alternatively, you can connect your iOS device to your Mac or Windows PC using a cable. Open up the latest version of iTunes and click on the phone icon on the top left. Under Summary, click Check for Update. Once the update shows up, click Download and Update.

iTunes will backup your devices and then download and install the update to it.