Apple has made the iPhone OS 3.1.3 update (7E18) available and as usual users can update their iPhones and iPod Touch devices via iTunes. The list of bug fixes and security improvements includes this item: Improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS.
Could this mean that users plagued with widely reported battery problems have finally received a fix from Apple? Ever since the 3.1 update, some users have complained of drastically shortened battery life on iPhone 3GS models. Maybe the meter is the problem- we will keep you posted.
Other bug fixes include a resolution for issues involving third-party apps crashing on launch and app crashes that occur when using the Japanese Kana keyboard.
Even more important are the numerous security issues that are fixed with the release of 3.1.3. All of the following have been discovered and resolved:- Playing a maliciously crafted mp4 audio file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
- Viewing a maliciously crafted TIFF image may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
- A person with physical access to a locked device may be able to access the user’s data
- Accessing a maliciously crafted FTP server could result in an unexpected application termination, information disclosure, or arbitrary code execution
- Mail may load remote audio and video content when remote image loading is disabled
As always, those with jailbroken devices should wait for the all clear before updating firmware.