On December 16, reports surfaced that iOS 8.1.3 had found its way into testing, and that the official update for the public should be coming soon.
Now, as reported by MacRumors based on accounts of Apple retail employees, the second beta for iOS 8.1.3 has been released. This second beta has build 12B466, which is a slight bump from the version that was being tested last week. The second beta release for internal testing with employees seems to suggest that Apple is indeed getting closer to launching the latest version of iOS. More than that, though, the fact that Apple is keeping this particular update out of the hands of a wider developer testing seems to suggest it is indeed much smaller in scope.
Indeed, the initial report suggests that iOS 8.1.3 is an update that’s meant primarily for under-the-hood fixes, and that there won’t be much of any aesthetic changes in store for the new software when it is released. As of the time of this writing, Apple has to deployed any release notes to the employees testing the software, either.
Considering the rate of speed that Apple is releasing the beta for iOS 8.1.3, it seems reasonable to assume that the official update should be right around the corner, too.