Apple has released a minor update for iPhone 5 users, versioned as iOS 6.1.4 with a build ID of 10B350. The brief release notes suggest the only change is an “Updated audio profile for speakerphone”, though in our own before and after testing we were not able to determine any obvious differences in speakerphone output sound or quality upon installing the update.
Update to iOS 6.1.4 through OTA
The new version is quite small at 11.5MB when downloaded as an over-the-air delta update. OTA is the easiest way to install the update and can be done by doing the following:
- Open Settings, go to “General”, then “Software Update” and choose “Download and Install”
To use OTA update you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Even though the release is quite small, it’s always a good idea to backup before beginning in the odd event that something goes wrong.
iOS 6.1.4 IPSW Direct Download Links
For those who prefer to use firmware files for manually updating iOS with iTunes, these are direct links to IPSW from Apple’s servers. Right-click and choose ‘Save As’ for best results:
Apparently, the update is specifically for iPhone 5 users. But with just the single, seemingly minor, public-facing change, we don’t see any reason why you would want to install it on your handset.
Of course, Apple could have made some behind-the-scene changes as well.Once downloaded, you can install the update through iTunes.
This is the first update since Apple killed the evasi0n jailbreak in iOS 6.1.3, and presumably the last one until we see iOS 7. Apple will be previewing the next version of its mobile OS at its WWDC event next month.