Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3

Apple’s fifth iOS release, the new 13.1.3 update, promises to fix several bugs. The release doesn’t address issues with dropped calls.

By Chand Bellur

October 20, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. PDT

iOS 13.1.3 Fixes Several Defects

iOS 13 has been plagued with problems since its initial release. Now, on its fifth release, iOS 13 is still riddled with frustrating defects.

Apple engineers have been working frantically to fix defects and release updates. Although iOS 13 has been publicly available for a month, Apple has already issued 4 update patches for the troubled release.

iOS 13.1.3 fixes several bugs, including issues with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Watch notifications and device vibration. Other fixes include:

  • fix for opening meeting invitation in Mail
  • improved launch time for Game Center apps
  • improved connectivity for Bluetooth hearing aids
  • fixes issue with out-of-date data in Health app
  • restores iCloud Voice Memo recordings
  • improved Apple Watch pairing
  • apps will now be properly installed after iCloud restore

iOS 13.1.3 does not include any security updates. There’s no compelling reason to update to this version of iOS, unless your device is affected by any of these issues. It’s possible that the update could introduce new defects or reintroduce regressive bugs.

iOS 13.1.3 Does Not Fix Dropped Calls Issue

Although the actual phone is rarely used on most smartphones, for some it is a necessity. Professionals and casual users rely on phone calls for essential communications. Some who have upgraded to iOS 13 no longer have the ability to keep calls connected. Even with full cellular coverage, their calls are being dropped.

iOS 13.1.3 does not fix the issue with dropped calls. Apple has been noticeably silent about this issue.

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 13 yet, you may want to wait until this issue is fixed. Apple’s newest mobile operating system is still plagued with defects. Whether your device is mission critical or you just don’t like bugs, iOS 13 should be avoided for now. User may have to wait until a 13.2 or even 13.2.1 version comes out for a stable release.

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