Apple is still testing its next major iOS 8.2 update for iPhones and iPads with developers, but the company is keeping the update cycle busy with a minor iOS 8.1.3 update slated for release sometime this week. After it was rumored that Apple was working on the iOS 8.1.3 last month, sources have revealed that the minor update is ready to be rolled out to consumers this week.
BGR originally reported Apple's plans to roll out the iOS 8.1.2, but did not confirm whether it was a new beta or a public release. But MacRumors found a significant increase in the visits to Apple networks using iDevices running iOS 8.1.3. This means the software update has already been pushed to a large number of Apple employees ahead of a public release. According to the report, the update was released to select retail employees last Wednesday.
Another report from iDownloadBlog stated there was a sudden spike in traffic from devices running iOS 8.1.3 on Apple's networks, adding more weight to MacRumors' claims.
All these reports clearly point towards the update's official release to its users. Traditionally, the update will also skip the developer preview and head over to the public directly.
Besides, little is known about what the new update will bring to iPhone and iPad users. The iOS 8.1.2 was another small update to users that addressed the ringtone issue as well as other bugs. It is expected that Apple will do something similar with its upcoming update, like fix bugs and boost performance.
This is going to be a minor update, which may not interest many users. But, Apple's next iOS 8.2 has been gaining a lot of spotlight lately. After all, the company is bringing its WatchKit SDK along with major system changes. The exact release for the update remains unknown but rumors indicate a March launch.