Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to the masses tonight, addressing a significant bug that impacted the mobile OS. The update, a small 18MB update, closes a security flaw that could allow someone to bypass the Passcode page on your iPhone and access your data. The flaw was first noted in iOS 6.1.1.
iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch owners are recommended to update to iOS 6.1.3 as soon as possible. The update can be done Over-The-Air or by connecting your device to your PC or Mac via iTunes.
In addition to the security fix, this release also brings big improvements to the Maps app for users in Japan.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to developers for further testing of what will be the next minor update to their mobile platform. The update addresses a well publicised security flaw that came with the release of 6.1 where users devices can be access by bypassing the lock screen security feature. The release comes just days after 6.1.2 was released to the general public, suggesting that Apple is working fast and furious to address any issues with iOS.
With iOS 6.1.3, Apple has continued to further develop the Maps app for users in Japan, bringing a long list of
improvements to users. These include improved motorway colours, indication of transit buildings (such as rail stations), improved 3D buildings in Tokyo and improved pronunciations to touch on the highlights. The updates in iOS 6.1.3 to Maps for Japan makes senses as a major push for improvement in the app for that country also came with IOS 6.1.
As always the latest beta build of IOS 6.1.3 is available only to developers. There is no indication of when this new build will become generally available but if the last few weeks are any indication, it should not be much longer. AlliOSNews will of course post when it is generally available so you will know to download it via iTunes or Over-The-Air to your iPhone or iPad.
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