iOS 12.1.3 brings fresh fixes for iMessage, CarPlay and iPad Pro

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The first iOS update of the year is finally ready for the masses.

Apple is releasing iOS 12.1.3 today, bringing a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update and doesn’t contain any big UI changes or new features, but it resolves some important issues with CarPlay, iMessage, Photos and the iPad Pro.

iPhone and iPad owners will be able to download iOS 12.1.3 as an over-the-air update. If you have automatic updates enabled you won’t have to do a thing to get the new fixes. The new software update also fixes problems with HomePod that caused it to restart and an issue where Siri would stop listening.

Here are Apple’s release notes for the update:

– Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view
– Addresses an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
– Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
– Resolves an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

watchOS 5.1.3 and tvOS 12.1.2 were also released to the public today. Those two updates are also minor and contain a few bug fixes. With the public launch of iOS 12.1.3, Apple currently doesn’t have an iOS beta builds in testing. Hopefully iOS 12.2 beta 1 will arrive soon with a bunch of new goodies.