Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3 for the iPhone and iPad, and among other fixes and tweaks, the update explicitly “reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update,” all for a pretty reasonable 261MB of your local storage.
You can push the update to your iOS device now by pointing your device to Settings > General > Software Update and selecting the option to download and install. You’ll need to be on a steady Wi-Fi connection, as per usual, but unless your phone is packed to the gills, the latest update won’t require any spring cleaning this time around.
Beyond size-restricting future iOS updates, iOS 8.1.3 claims to fix a big that has rendered the iOS system-wide Spotlight search feature useless. It also patches a bug in the iPad’s multitasking gestures. So far, iOS 8.1.3 doesn’t appear to have caused any widespread problems—unlike, for example, that one time a minor iPhone update left us with a shiny paperweight for a few days.
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