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New iOS 12.1.3 update fixes annoying bugs and multiple security issues

But before I update my smartphone, I like to make sure the latest update isn’t going to create more problems.

It’s understandable that some people adopt a wait-and-see attitude before they apply updates, making sure that they’re stable and free of issues, but rest assured, Apple’s latest iOS update brings bug fixes and security updates that you can’t afford to skip.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you need to grab it as soon as you can. Aside from annoying bugs, security flaws have been found that make iOS 12 vulnerable to attacks including exploits to FaceTime and Bluetooth.

I’ll explain these weaknesses and all the annoying bugs that iOS 12.1.3 is addressing, plus I will guide you through the process of updating your iPhone or iPad.

Messages bug

One fix is for an annoying bug in Messages that causes empty placeholders to appear while scrolling photos on a contact’s Details view.

You can test this yourself by tapping a contact’s bubble in a Messages thread then choose “Info.” This will take you to the contact’s Details page where you can view all the photos, videos and attachments you’ve exchanged with them.

Due to the bug, photos may not load and are being replaced with blank placeholder icons instead. iOS 12.1.3 should resolve this annoying issue.

CarPlay fix

iOS 12.1.3 also brings bug fixes to owners of the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max who use CarPlay to sync their phones to their car infotainment systems. The update will address a bug that causes CarPlay to randomly disconnect from your car.

Other bugs

Another image-related bug that affects photos sent from Share Sheet will be addressed by iOS 12.1.3. The bug reportedly causes unexpected artifacts to appear on shared photos.

2018 iPad Pro owners will also get a fix for a bug that causes audio distortion when external audio input gadgets are being used.

Two HomePod fixes are also included in this update. One addresses a bug that can cause a HomePod to randomly restart while another fixes an issue that could make Siri unresponsive.

Security fixes for FaceTime and Bluetooth

Apple is also addressing a number of security bugs in this iOS 12.1.3 including flaws in FaceTime and Bluetooth that could allow an attacker to execute code.

The FaceTime bug is caused by a buffer overflow issue that can be exploited by a hacker to initiate a FaceTime call while the Bluetooth vulnerability can allow a local user to run unauthorized code.

Since these bugs are now publicly known, it’s recommended that you update to iOS 12.1.3 as soon as you can.

To read more about the security contents of iOS 12.1.3, click here.

How to update your iOS gadget

Note: Make sure you have enough free storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Here are quick ways to clear space on your iOS gadget.

Over-the-air on your iPhone or iPad

1. To get the update for your iPhone or iPad, go into your “Settings” app and select “General.”

2. From there, select “Software Update” and your phone will begin to check for updates.

3. If available, select “Download and Install” to get iOS 12.1.3 on your phone. Note: You will have to enter your passcode on your gadget to proceed with the update.

Update from iTunes

1. To get the update from iTunes, connect your device to a computer, open iTunes on your computer

2. Select your device from the iTunes menu

3. Select “Summary” and then select “Check for Update

4.  If an update is available, choose “Download and Update” and wait for the update to sync to your device. Note: You will have to enter your passcode on your gadget to proceed with the update

Back up your iOS gadget first!

Before any update, it is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of your gadget first before upgrading.

Although you can use iCloud to backup your files, space is limited. For larger backups, we advise that you backup your iPhone via iTunes if you have a computer available. Tap or click here to learn how to backup your iPhone.

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