January 28, 2015
iPad Air Receives iOS 8.1.3 Update

Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 update for the iPad Air. If you have a fairly new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then today is your lucky day. Apple users, especially iPad Air users, will receive the brand new version of the iOS operating system. Apple just released the brand new version of the iOS 8 operating system to the general public.

Apple iPad Air users weren't expecting the major iOS 8.1.3 update. Just not too long ago, the iOS 8.1.2 update was released. This latest update will clean up a few things, according to BGR. The iPad Air update does require less free storage to install, which makes it available to more users than its previous versions. Users have complained about having to delete photos, videos, and songs from their Apple devices in order to free up storage. That isn't the case this time around with this update, which first released on the iPad Air.

The iOS 8.1.3 update is available as an over the air (OTA) update, according to BGR's Jonathan Geller. The update will also be available as a download through the iTunes desktop software. The iOS 8.1.3 is compatible with the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, third-generation iPad, fourth-generation iPad, and iPad 2. This update will also work with the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

Aside from decreasing the required storage for the update, iOS 8.1.3 will also bring new configuration options to the iPad Air. This will be beneficial to users when it comes to educational standardized testing, according to Tech Times. This update will also address problems users faced with iMessage, FaceTime, and Apple ID logins.

The iOS 8.1.3 appears to work fine on the iPad Air, but users may want to check with several sources before installing the update. It's important that users get as much feedback about the update as they can before they jump on the bandwagon. It's also important to wait if users are having issues with any other version of iOS 8. However, GottaBeMobile says that the update helps with bug fixes and provides solid performance for the iPad Air.

Before you download the iOS 8.1.3 update for your iPad Air, you should remember a few of the following tips from Tech Times.

  1. Check your device for compatibility.
  2. Ensure you have the requisite free space on your iDevice.
  3. Ensure you have more than 50 percent battery charge on your device.
  4. Back up any important data as a precaution.
Once you have performed any of these tasks on your Air, you can open up your Settings app and tap General > Software Update, if it's available.
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