Apple has released iOS 6.1.3, a relatively minor software update that includes a patch for the bug that allowed someone to bypass the lock screen and access the Phone app, and also brings some improvements to Maps in Japan. Additionally, the update patches the evasi0n jailbreak, thereby preventing devices from being jailbroken by that tool in the future. There are no known feature additions or changes.
The update is available to all iOS 6 compatible devices including iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 4th & 5th generations.
Download iOS 6.1.3
The fastest way to get iOS 6.1.3 is to update through Over-The-Air (OTA) update:
- Open Settings, tap "General" then "Software Update"
- Tap "Download and Install" to get the update directly from Apple on your iOS device
Advanced users can use IPSW files and manually update the iOS firmware with iTunes.
iOS 6.1.3 IPSW Direct Download Links
These are direct download links from Apple's servers:
- iPhone 5 GSM
- iPhone 5 CDMA
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4 GSM
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPhone 3GS
- iPad mini GSM
- iPad mini CDMA
- iPad mini Wi-Fi
- iPad 4 GSM
- iPad 4 CDMA
- iPad 4 Wi-Fi
- iPad 3 GSM
- iPad 3 CDMA
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 GSM
- iPad 2 CDMA
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPod touch 4th gen
- iPod touch 5th gen
Right click and choose "Save As", the resulting firmware file should always have a .ipsw file extension.
Prevents Evasi0n Jailbreak
If you've been enjoying a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, or simply want to keep your device eligible for jailbreaks, you'll want to avoid the iOS 6.1.3 update for now as it patches the methods used by the Evasi0n tool to jailbreak iOS 6 through iOS 6.1.2. It is possible a new jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 will surface, but as of now one does not exist.
Release Notes for iOS 6.1.3
The release notes included in the update are brief:
This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
- Improvements to Maps in Japan
Downgrading Not Possible
An important reminder, once you update iOS it is not possible to downgrade to a previous version of system software. This is unimportant for the vast majority of users, but jailbreakers should be aware of this.