Apple Releases iOS 13.1.1 with Fixes for Battery Drain, Keyboard Security

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Apple on Friday released a point update with bug fixes and improvements for the iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 software that dropped earlier this year.

The update, iOS 13.1.1, is a minor release that squashes a few bugs with the previous software. Which makes sense, since it’s coming just a few days after iOS 13.1. For reference, the update clocked in at just over 100MB on an iPhone 8.

Battery Drain Fix

According to the iOS 13.1.1 release notes, the update fixes several significant issues. That includes a bug that could cause your device’s battery to drain more quickly, as well as another problem that could prevent an iPhone from being restored from a backup.

We’ve noticed battery drain on some of our own devices running iOS 13.1.1. While battery drain after a major update is normal, there’s apparently also a bug that’s making the problem worse on iOS 13.1. Apple’s confident iOS 13.1.1 will fix that problem.

Keyboard Security Fix

The minor point release also fixes a security issue publicized earlier this week that may have granted “Full Access” to third-party keyboard apps — even after a user denied that permission.

Apple also says iOS 13.1.1 fixes an issue that could impede Siri requests on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, another bug that could cause Reminders to sync slower than normal, and a problem with Safari that could cause search suggestions to appear after you’ve disabled them.

While iOS 13 packs a lot of new features, it’s also been a fairly buggy release compared to iOS 12. That, more than anything else, explains the rapid-fire point release schedule we’ve seen in the past week. iOS 13.1, for example, fixed a slew of bugs and issues, as well as reintroduced a number of features pulled from the final release of iOS 13.

In fact, we could soon see the release of iOS 13.2. Several app developers and websites have noted that they’ve already seen iOS 13.2 and iOS 13.2.1 in analytical data out in the wild.

That suggests that Apple is lining up the next few releases, presumably to fix some of the bugs present in its latest software.

In the meantime, iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 should now be available to download and install on compatible devices. You can find the update in Settings > General > Software Update.

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