iOS 8.1.3 is out, and if you own an older iPhone or iPad, there's only one question worth asking: Does Apple really hate you?
The evidence seems to be that Apple does. Back in September, when Apple launched iOS 8, many owners of older iOS devices found some serious bugs after they installed the new operating system. The worst one wouldn't allow them to connect to a WiFi network, or to stay connected to a WiFi network.
That's quite a serious bug, rendering some iPads worthless and making some iPhones nearly unusable for those who are data-hungry. But Apple hasn't treated the bug seriously. Since the release of iOS 8 in September, there's been quite a few updates. First came 8.0.1, which caused so many problems Apple had to withdraw it. Then came 8.0.2, 8.1, 8.1.1, and 8.1.2. Over all that time, the bug remained. And now Apple has released 8.1.3. Guess what? The bug is still there. And there's no word from Apple when it might get fixed, if ever.
Users of older iOS devices, desperate to find solutions, have flooded the Apple Support Communities forum in a thread dedicated to the problem. As I write this, there are more than 525,000 messages devoted to it and no answers. How desperate are people to find a solution? One person has floated the idea of manually replacing the WiFi chip, although it's not clear that would do anything. A more typical message is this one from someone identified as mkbinc:
Anybody tried the new iOS 8.1.3 update that was release just a few mins ago and if it fixes the wifi issue? Ever since I upgraded my iPad to to iOS8, all it does is gather dust. No wifi, even if it connects it does to the 5GHz and only for a minute or so.
Sorry, mkbinc. The update doesn't fix the problem. It also doesn't fix another big problem some owners of older iOS devices have been having, the so-called 'GMT bug,' which places calendar events in Greenwich Mean Time when events are synchronized across iOS devices. And there are other problems it hasn't fixed as well.
The 8.1.3 update fixed a few more minor bugs. It doesn't appear that it will do you any harm to install it. But if you're a user of an older iOS device, it won't do you much good, either.
So for now, if you want to fix the problem of your older iOS device having WiFi problems in iOS 8, Apple gives you one solution: Throw it out and buy a new one.