Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 which, among other things, addresses an issue related to the amount of free space needed on a device to install over-the-air updates.

Up to this point, owners of iDevices with smaller capacities (think 8GB, 16GB models) or anyone that has utilized most of their storage space has been forced to either delete media / apps or connect to iTunes via USB cable to download and install software updates.

As a result, adoption of iOS 8 hasn’t been as rapid as Apple would have liked.

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iOS 8.1.3 reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update. Apple doesn’t list exactly how much space will be required moving forward but then again, that makes sense considering updates vary in size.

The update also includes the usual batch of bug fixes and tweaks for better stability and improved performance. These include – but not limited to – fixing an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, addressing an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results, fixing an issue that prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad and adding new configuration options for education standardized testing.

A detailed report of the security fixes included in iOS 8.1.3 can be found by clicking here.

iOS 8.1.3 is the third patch for iOS 8.1 and the company’s sixth overall update to iOS 8 since its release last September.