Wow. iOS 13 has been out less than a month and due to an unprecedented storm of bugs and issues, Apple has already released the fourth update to its new operating system. It seems each time the company patches a set of issues, another set of must-fix bugs takes their place.

Though iOS 13 brought with it some fantastic long-awaited features like Dark Mode, it seems to have arrived without the level of polish we saw last year with iOS 12.

Now that’s not to say iOS 13 is total garbage – most users will be affected by very few of these bugs and may not even notice the small changes made in each update. But it’s not exactly a sign of competence when so many things need fixing even after a full summer of beta testing.

The first release of iOS 13 saw users complaining about everything from power drain to interface glitches, while this latest update addresses a raft of smaller issues. Everything from Mail to Health to Voice Memos should run that little bit better in the latest release.

iOS 13.1.3 also fixes issues with Apple Watch pairing, Bluetooth reliability, and certain calls not triggering the device ringtone.

A number of apps have been affected with strange bugs, too – in fact, if you’ve noticed the name of our app displaying incorrectly of late, now you know why!

What about iPad?

Of course, this year saw iOS split off – iPad users now run a slightly different operating system called iPadOS.

However, the two are still based on the same foundation and many of these bugs affect both iPhone and iPads.

Apple has simultaneously released an iPadOS 13.1.3 update to address the same issues.

How to update

To get iOS or iPadOS 13.1.3, simply follow the instructions in SettingsGeneral > Software Update. Then simply follow the instructions to download and install the update.

These days, you don’t need much storage space free to update – your device will intelligently offload apps while it installs the update and then put them right back again when it’s finished.

It’s generally a good idea to back up your device before a big iOS update, to ensure your data is safe in case anything goes wrong – the easiest way to do this is using iCloud Backup in Settings.

What’s new

If you’re still getting your head around iOS 13, remember that we’ve updated all the Tips in our app for the new software.

If you’re reading Tips & Tricks for iPhone, head to the settings section of the app and choose Update Tips Content from the Content Update menu. You can check out What’s New in iOS 13 in the Introduction chapter for an overview. A similar content update is also available for TapSmart for iPad.

We’ve had reports that some of our users aren’t able to access our Content Update properly. Apologies if that’s you – unfortunately we think the issue stems from some of the bugs introduced with iOS 13, but rest assured we’re working on it!