Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is minor, in both file size and change log. Apple’s release notes only mention bug fixes and improvements while new features are nowhere to be found.
The first beta was version iOS 12.1.2 which was released as a stable build for all iPhone users, within a week. However, Apple continued releasing new betas under the version number 12.1.3. iOS 12.1.3 beta 4 is only 61.4 MB in size for iPhone X, which means that we should not expect a lot of new updates in this release.
iOS 12.1.3 release tracking
iOS 12.1.3 beta 4 is now available for dev and public beta testers. The update size keeps getting smaller so we must be closer to the final relaese.
iOS 12.1.3 beta 3 is now available for developers and public beta testers.
iOS 12.1.3 beta 2 is released to developers and public beta testers.
iOS 12.1.2 public beta 1 is now available.
iOS 12.1.3 beta 4
To download the new beta, you must be a registered Apple Developer Program member. If you already have the developer beta profile installed on your iPhone or iPad, the new update will be available as an OTA. Simply head over to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install.
Alternatively, you can download and install the full IPSW file from Apple Developer website’s download section. This IPSW file can be used to restore the full firmware to your iOS device using iTunes.
Apple’s last major iOS update was iOS 12.1.1 which was released less than a week ago. The update included the return of FaceTime Live Photos, improvement to camera switching in FaceTime, Dual SIM/eSIM support for additional carriers, haptic touch for notifications on iPhone XR and more. Along with these changes, a number of bug fixes were also part of the release.
As per tradition, expect Apple to release new features for iPhone and iPad in a later update to iOS, probably in the form of iOS 12.2 or iOS 12.3, in the first quarter of next year. Major new updates, specially for iPad, with a complete home screen redesign, are expected to be part of iOS 13 which is codenamed Yukon. Apple will be announcing iOS 13 at WWDC 2019.