New iOS 8.3 Release Details Revealed

New iOS 8.3 release details have been revealed thanks to the new iOS 8.3 beta 4 that was released to developers, and the public, ahead of the upcoming iOS 8.3 release date.

While iOS 8.2 serves as Apple’s most current version of iOS 8, it will likely be replaced sometime in the near future. Apple’s cooking up a brand new new iOS 8.3 update and rumor has it, the public release could come after the company’s fourth iOS 8.3 beta.


Yesterday, Apple released its fourth iOS 8.3 beta to developers, second to the general public, and it’s now available to those that wish to install the update ahead of its public release. As the smoke has settled around the iOS 8.3 beta 4 release, we’re starting to hear more about the changes the new beta has brought along with it. These new iOS 8.3 release details don’t reveal the iOS 8.3 release date but they do help to outline some of the important features ahead of release.

Shortly after the iOS 8.3 beta 4 release, beta users started outlining some of the changes that the update brought along with it. Among them, the removal of the “beta” tag from iCloud Photo Library, the disappearance of the CarPlay settings menu, and a name change to the “filtered messages” tab. It’s not called “unknown senders.”



Today, thanks to MacRumors, we have a little more clarity about what iOS 8.3 beta 4 brings to the table. A user in the beta program has outlined some of the other major changes on board the update and they include some noticeable changes to the way the iOS emoji keyboard looks and works on the iPhone and iPad.



The user says that “Default yellow emoji now also have yellow hair, with different hair color for each skin color. Also, the default emoji is now separated from the modified ones when holding it down.” He also outlines several bug fixes that could be coming with the iOS 8.3 update when it’s released to the public-at-large:

  • Safari no longer flashes white when using the swipe back gesture when in landscape on iPhone 6 Plus
  • Emoji keyboard shows recently added as default again.
  • Text entry problems using third-party keyboards in Safari have been fixed
  • Fixed choppy phone call and FaceTime Audio problems while using CarPlay
  • Fixes 3rd Party keyboard compatibility with Spotlight
  • time stamps no longer randomly disappear

iOS 8 problems continue to plague iPhone, iPad and iPod users, even after the arrival of iOS 8.2 earlier this month. iOS 8.2 brought a number of bug fixes to the table and iOS 8.3 will almost certainly bring some new bug fixes to iOS 8 users.

None of these aren’t confirmed for the public iOS 8.3 release, Apple’s been known to strip features out, but their appearance in the fourth beta for developers is a sign that they could be included in Apple’s final release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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These iOS 8.3 release details are just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to rumors and the three previous iOS 8.3 beta updates, we’ve been able to glean a ton of information ahead of Apple’s roll out.

Apple’s iOS 8.3 beta reportedly comes with the new Apple Watch app that arrived with iOS 8.2, new filters for conversations in Messages, and better support for two-form authentication for Google apps like Gmail. It’s also going to bring links to the Mayo Clinic in the Health app, and it should finally deliver Apple Pay support for China.

Other iOS 8.3 features include new language support for Siri including support for Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for Indian users. It should should also bring some improvements to Siri’s voice and a new Hey Siri feature that allows users to easily switch to speakerphone. It’s shaping up to a large update and with a beta 4 now out, iPhone and iPad users should start keeping tabs on its progress.

We could see Apple push out an iOS 8.4 update this summer though there’s a chance that the company will simply wrap it, and its features, into an iOS 9 release this fall. Apple’s iOS 9 update is reportedly in testing and it’s expected to join an iPhone 6s release later on this year, perhaps in the fall after a launch at WWDC 2015 in June.