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10 Common iOS 8.3 Problems & How to Fix Them

Apple’s iOS 8.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available and it offers a ton of bug fixes and enhancements to Apple’s mobile devices. It also has brought iOS 8.3 problems to owners making the jump from iOS 8.2 and below. With iOS 8.3 problems in mind, we want to outline some of the more common issues and offer fixes to those struggling after updating.

In September, Apple released its brand new iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In the hours after the release, iPhone and iPad users started to gripe about iOS 8.0 problems. Many of these problems were iOS 8 related and some of them were carried over from the company’s iOS 7 and iOS 6 updates.

Since that day in September, Apple’s attempted to fix many of those problems with a series of iOS 8 bug fix updates, and none bigger than the update it released earlier this week.

In the months since the initial iOS 8 release, Apple’s pushed out a grand total of eight iOS 8 bug fix updates including its most recent update, iOS 8.3. While a lot of attention has been lavished upon the big changes to the Emoji keyboard, iOS 8.3 also features a ton of bug fixes for linger iOS 8 problems including issues with Wi-Fi, landscape mode and more. And while iOS 8.3 is a crucial bug fixer, it comes with some faults of its own.

Apple adds many new iOS 8.3 features like the Emoji shown above, and dozens of fixes for iOS 8 problems.
Apple adds many new iOS 8.3 features like the Emoji shown above, and dozens of fixes for iOS 8 problems.

iPhone and iPad users are already complaining about a number iOS 8.3 problems. Many users have taken to social media and Apple’s Discussion Forums to complain about initial bugs and issues. Most of these iOS 8.3 problems appear to be isolated but that doesn’t mean that they won’t pick up pace in the future as more people install Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

With that in mind, we want to take a look at some of the more popular iOS 8.3 problems that have popped up over the last 24 hours and some of the problems that have the potential to pop up for iOS 8.3 users in the future. With an iOS 8.4 release date still unconfirmed, iPhone and iPad users will need to rely on third-party fixes for their iOS 8.3 problems.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Installation Problems

Right off the bat, we started to hear about installation problems with the iOS 8.3 update. In fact, we ran into some iOS 8.3 installation problems ourselves. iOS updates often get stuck during the installation process. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for these issues.

If the iPhone or iPad gets stuck during the iOS 8.3 installation process, users will want to perform a reboot by holding down the power button and home button at the same time for a few seconds until the device restarts.This typically gets the update’s juices flowing again.

If the iOS 8.3 update doesn’t continue automatically, it may simply start over. This method has worked for us, and many other users in the past, so it’s worth a shot if the iOS 8.3 installation falters.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Battery Life Problems

iOS 8.3 battery life problems sprung up immediately after Apple’s release and we continue to see and hear complaints about bad iOS 8.3 battery life. Abnormal battery drain is a common problem after iOS updates.

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There are number of ways to try and fix iOS 8.3 battery life if it starts going downhill. We’ve put together an extensive list of fixes for bad iOS 8.3 battery life that iPhone and iPad users will want to take a look at if and when the device starts acting up. iOS battery life problems can occur at any time so those who aren’t experiencing them now will want to keep these fixes in mind just in case.

How to Fix Missing Password Settings

The iOS 8.3 update brings some new features to the table including a way to download free apps from the App Store without needing to punch in a password or use Touch ID. We weren’t able to find the feature in our settings yesterday. Fortunately, there is a simple fix that will users to gain access to this small but important iOS 8.3 feature.

To get the Missing Password settings feature to appear, you’ll first need to go to Settings and then Touch ID & Passcode. From there, flip the iTunes & App Store option toggle off. Once this is done, head into your Settings then into iTunes & App Store. Right below Apple ID will be a feature called Password Settings. This will allow users to toggle the “Require Password” feature off for free app downloads.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Wi-Fi Problems

iOS 8.3 comes with a number of fixes for Wi-Fi problems but we’ve still seen some complaints about broken Wi-Fi connectivity. Wi-Fi issues have plagued many users for years and a single thread on Apple’s discussion forums has received well over 600,000 views since September’s iOS 8.0 release.

There are no guaranteed fixes for Wi-Fi issues though there are some things that iOS 8.3 users can try should connectivity start going south. These fixes have been passed down from Apple’s iOS 6, iOS 7 and older iOS 8 updates and they’ve worked for many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users dealing with connectivity problems.

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First, iPhone and iPad users can try resetting the device’s network settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. Those experiencing Wi-Fi issues will want to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. To do this, open up the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Users will need the passcode and a few minutes of time because the phone or tablet is going to reboot itself after the process completes. Users will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process is going to erase stored Wi-Fi passwords.

If that fix doesn’t work, take a look at some of these other potential Wi-Fi fixes. We also recommend rebooting your router and or modem to see if that dislodges the problem. It’s also worth updating the router’s firmware. This process is going to differ based on make and model so users will need to find the manual or consult the appropriate company’s website.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Cellular Data Problems

We haven’t seen a ton of complaints about cellular data issues but they are among the most common iOS 8 problems and they’re bound to impact some iPhone and iPad users in the days, weeks and months after the iOS 8.3 release.

iPhone and iPad users experiencing iOS 8.3 cellular data problems should first try restarting the device in question. This has worked for us in the past. If that simple fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has also worked for many people before. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off. It’s a quick process and one that could return things to normal assuming connectivity isn’t down in the area.

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If none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to alleviate cellular data problems in the past. If nothing works, contact Apple or the service provider.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth issues are among the most common iOS problems and we’ve already seen some iPhone and iPad users complain about busted Bluetooth after making the move to iOS 8.3.

iPhone users have singled out iOS’ “Reset All Settings” option as a potential fix for Bluetooth issues. It hasn’t worked for everyone but there are a ton of people that are claiming success after trying it on their iPhone. It could also work for the iPad and iPod touch.

To “Reset All Settings” on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, open up the device and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This is going to take a bit of time and users will lose all saved settings but the pay off is that it seems to fix at least some Bluetooth problems.

We also recommend resetting Bluetooth in the car if a device is failing to pair with the connection in the car. iPhone and iPad users will need to consult the car manual to do this as the process is going to vary based on make and model. Once Bluetooth is reset, try reconnecting the device to the car.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 App Issues

In the aftermath of the iOS 8.3 release, we’ve begun to hear and see complaints about app performance. This is a common occurrence after a major iOS update like iOS 8.3.

To fix app problems, make sure applications on the iPhone or iPad are updated. Bug fixes and app updates with support for iOS 8 have been trickling out since launch.

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iPhone and iPad users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically behind the scenes. Auto updates will ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Updates on.

If that doesn’t work, try reinstalling the application. This has worked for some users in the past. If the app is still acting up, iOS 8.3 users will want to contact the developer of the application and relay the issues. Bringing these bugs to light could prompt developers to start paying attention and actively fix the bug in an upcoming update.

How to Improve iOS 8.3 Performance

We’ve noticed some performance issues on the iPhone 5 and iPad Air and we’re seeing iPhone and iPad users on other devices complain about lag, freezing and other problems.

When Apple’s iOS 8.0 update first came out, we outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings. These fixes still apply today, months after the iOS 8 update’s release. They may not work for everyone but they are certainly worth a shot if performance drags after iOS 8.3 arrives.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Messages Problems

We’ve also started to see complaints about issues with the Messages app. These are common as well, particularly right after the release of a major iOS update.

If Messages is acting up,  the first thing to try is toggling it on off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the phone or tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

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To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad or iPhone will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working Messages.

How to Fix iOS 8.3 Problems If Nothing Else Works

If these fixes for iOS 8.3 problems don’t work, we have a few recommendations. Users can currently downgrade to iOS 8.2 to see if that helps. The downgrade process won’t last forever and Apple will eventually plug it up. It usually takes a couple of weeks though.

If that doesn’t work, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They can help diagnose the problem and potentially offer a new device if still under warranty.

Those that can’t or don’t want to take the device to the Apple Store will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the device clean, so it’s an option that we recommend only to those that can’t find a temporary or permanent fix.

To do that, choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so make a back up before doing this. Again, setting all of this up will be very time consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iOS 8.3 problems on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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53 Comments

  1. Pete

    04/10/2015 at 1:14 pm

    To summarize it: If your device still works – better wait a few more weeks before deciding to update.
    BTW, automatic app updates is very often the most stupid thing to do, it’s not that rare that apps lose some beloved functionality or look.

    Reply

  2. Chloe

    04/11/2015 at 8:54 am

    When I did the IOS 8.3 on my iPod touch 5th generation it won’t turn back on I keep trying to reset but it still doesn’t turn on what do I do?!?!?!

    Reply

    • Anonymous

      06/21/2015 at 3:41 pm

      Try charging it if it is dead. If it isn’t, plug it in to iTunes on a Mac/PC and see if it syncs. If it syncs, backup your iPod and take it to Apple. If it doesn’t sync, it is bricked. If it is bricked, take it to Apple or put it in DFU mode and connect it to iTunes. If you don’t know what DFU mode is, Google it.

      Reply

    • Amir Safayan

      06/28/2015 at 8:28 am

      CHOLE LIBERT????

      Reply

  3. S. Edenfield

    04/12/2015 at 4:52 am

    My iPhone 6 and iPad has now been trying to download ios 8.3 for over 24 hours. The suggestion of a reboot did not help. Any other suggestions?

    Reply

  4. Emanuelson

    04/18/2015 at 1:38 am

    My iphone is 5c and i updated ios 8.3 and 4 hour 45 minute battery finished !!! Very discreased very bad batter life 8.3 for 5ciphone. How to save battery life ?

    Reply

  5. Sissie

    04/19/2015 at 12:11 am

    Ever since update I can’t print to wifi printer? Got an easy fix?

    Reply

  6. Fred Arbuckle

    04/19/2015 at 2:05 pm

    Wireless issues are a plague. Apple’s reputation has suffered tremendously.

    Reply

  7. Dean Scott

    04/21/2015 at 5:53 pm

    I have an IPhone 4s. I’ve deleted pics. & all my aps. & still it says I don’t have enough storage. What do I need to do to down load the 8.3 iOS . Thank you.

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    • Claudia

      06/10/2015 at 9:09 am

      I have the same problem, please tell me if you found the solution!

      Reply

  8. Mike Wand

    04/27/2015 at 12:55 pm

    Your article is probably very helpful to those experiencing the problems you’ve listed. My problem is not posted, which is, yesterday I got a notification saying my storage was almost full (0 bytes available). I have a 128gb 6+ and last I checked I had about 50gb available. Perplexed, I started to delete a few apps, cleared up 2.5gb… 1 hour later, same message, 0 bytes available. I kept deleting a few things here and there but if I add up most of the things I see in “manage storage” it still only adds up to be around 60gb… no where near 128… So if anyone knows how to fix a memory draining ios 8.3, let me know in the comments. I will back up and restore tonight and see if that fixes it.

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    • Bf

      04/29/2015 at 7:43 am

      I just woke up this morning with the same problem, 0 bytes avail and I had 90gb available yesterday. Phone is slow and unresponsive. Deleted some but just stays at 0!!! Anybody have a fix yet??!

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    • Cave

      05/08/2015 at 6:41 pm

      LOL, I did this at one time too. Found out the message relates to your iCloud “backup” storage. Just delete the oldest backups and you’ll be good. Don’t delete the most recent backup though.

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  9. chris

    04/27/2015 at 2:17 pm

    8.3 has an easter egg in it that causes incoming email problems for older apple users. I am on my 2nd I6 and the same probelm wont go away. out bound email works fine – no inbound email. all other apple devices have no problems with same email account. the settings keep changing by them selves. port setting numbers SLL on/off toggles on after being turned off, password un checks itself. I have three email accounts – only one has this problem and these problems are exclusive to the 8.3 software on the I6

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  10. Joshua Pusung

    05/01/2015 at 2:21 am

    I restored my ipad mini many times but it still restarting and always stuck at the apple logo what seems to be the problem?

    Reply

  11. nazmul

    05/01/2015 at 4:16 am

    fix camera problem when flash is on iso8.3 in 4s

    Reply

  12. Steveb

    05/01/2015 at 6:59 am

    Ios8.3
    1. Cannot create my appleid
    2. And so cannot download.

    Plse advixe

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  13. sharyl cutinha

    05/02/2015 at 9:29 am

    i lost all my apps while updating to ios 8.3 please help me

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  14. David Humphreys

    05/02/2015 at 12:28 pm

    i have a problem after installing 8.3.1 where the iPad will not turn on and has to be reset. this is nearly a daily reqiurement. Is the issue with the ios or an app-ios issue?

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  15. reddyprasad

    05/03/2015 at 12:44 am

    ihad iphone 5 cannot creat apple id

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  16. Møhin

    05/06/2015 at 1:02 pm

    My phone lags..
    N problem in keyboard..
    When i use whatsapp, if chat over i hide my keyboard it just disappear..
    N sometimes notification bar does not comes down..
    I have to reatart the phone to get it appear..
    Worst Update

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  17. Cave

    05/08/2015 at 6:39 pm

    I had an issue for weeks after installing 8.3… I had zero cellular ability and iPhone (6) showed “searching” constantly. I tried resetting phone (by power cycling), turning on/off airplane mode several times for hours, turning cellular on/off several times, and doing combinations of all the suggestions. What finally worked was the simplest thing I should have thought of from the start, which was simply resetting “network” settings (settings>general>reset>network settings>passord>confirm….) took about 30-seconds to reset network settings to default, and WALLAH, AT&T LTE showed up immediately after “NETWORK” reset was complete. Only thing left to do was re-enter wifi-passwords! That also resolved my battery issue for whatever reason (maybe searching all the time was a drain on battery?). Anyways, hope this helps someone else out there with cellular network not being found…

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  18. Maria

    05/10/2015 at 12:52 pm

    I try downloading the iOS 8.3 but it doesn’t let me download it is says usage settings and I don’t know what to do

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  19. John Cossey

    05/11/2015 at 6:01 am

    I have installed iOS 8.3 on my iPhone 6, I have an issue that when at home and the phone connects to my wifi the phone will not ring or show a missed call, the caller hears the phone connected and ringing, but the phone itself does not ring, take it off wifi and it rings, put it back in to wifi and it does not ring, if you turn the phone on/off it fixes the issue for a while but then you just don’t know if any one is trying to call you, we only found this as I could not find my phone a tried calling it to trace it in the house.

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  20. sonja

    05/11/2015 at 7:02 am

    i cant update app like FB messenger,instagram…i can still download app but update no…some advice what i shoud do???i have the ios 8.3 and i have an iphone6…

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  21. Sandhu

    05/13/2015 at 10:15 am

    How we can stop push massages coming from celluler network to show internet balance after every 1-2 min. i have 5s gold 16gb. Pls anyone help me.
    Thnku

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  22. Rayndal Renfrow

    05/14/2015 at 10:11 am

    OMG!!! This isn’t a troubleshooting forum, people. This is a comment section about the article.

    Like this:

    The article was clearly written by a high schooler. I’m surprised that I can’t notice any direct copy and paste. I mean really!?! What is this shit. Sure, you listed the major issues with 8.3 but then all your “fixes” was simply to close the app or restart the device, or just simply default the settings. I mean…geez…if I wanted to read that I would just call level 1 tech support and have an automated system tell me the same. Oh look…you put links to more developed articles and forums that actually have some tech value.

    Please author, stick to TMZ because you are not a technical writer.

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  23. Abdul Rehman

    05/15/2015 at 4:45 am

    when for open lock swipe the screen so then hang my iphone. And. When iphon run so any few second then hanging. Ios 8.3 very bad. Ios 8.2 very good because 8.2 of not hanging not stop speed

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  24. I have a prob

    06/07/2015 at 5:40 pm

    Ok im on the newest version ios 8.3 and i signed out of my apple id and i try to sign back in and i type it correctly it dosent say my password is incorrect so im trying to sign in and it just dosent it dosent say anything and shows my username and my password in the ***** thing and thats it i keep trying and it dosent work plz help me :/

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  25. AJ

    06/12/2015 at 3:25 am

    After updating to IOS 8’I can not download Applications from Apple Store.It gets stuck ,trying to download but without any response and the application Icon get aggain to “Get” Status.What shall I do?

    Reply

  26. Clarissa

    06/17/2015 at 11:47 pm

    When my iPad 2 is on the home screen it works fine, I can swipe to different pages and I can open an app. However, when the app opens, I cannot use it. I try to swipe up and down, left and right, or try to tap something, but it is unresponsive. For example, I opened the Calender app, but I can’t go to the different dates. This goes for all the apps on my iPad 2. I don’t know if I should reboot it because i don’t want to lose my data. I’ve deleted the apps that I installed recently, but it didn’t help. Has this happened to anyone, because I really need to fix this problem. I am literally desperate!

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    • Clarissa

      06/17/2015 at 11:49 pm

      I cant even downgrade the software because the apps dont work

      Reply

  27. Greg

    06/18/2015 at 3:09 pm

    Connect your device to iTunes then click on Check for Updates. It will use the computers memory and broadband to download and install your update rather than relying on resources in your device.

    Reply

  28. Cindi

    06/19/2015 at 5:32 am

    My I phone 6 opened without me putting in my passcode?

    Reply

  29. Alex

    06/21/2015 at 10:43 am

    Every time I try to update my iPad 2 it alwasy freezes when you press ” agree ”
    and if anyome knows how to fix this I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

    Reply

  30. James

    06/21/2015 at 11:55 am

    I also had my iPad2 upgraded with the most recent ios software, I lost my email link, that is to say I could ask for email but the screen would go white then blank out to the start-up screen. It was also left there as a ‘ghost’ panel. I got mad and just pointed at, squeezed and generally rubbed the face of the ipad and guess what? the dam email started filtering through, works ok now, give it a try.

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  31. Jon

    06/22/2015 at 9:17 am

    8.3 is a disaster! it has set my phone back five years. When is Apple going to fix this mess!!!! I have all of these problems on my phone now and nothing works to get rid of these problems!! We need help and not some canned Apple responce to all these problems. I have wasted about 30 hours of my life trying to fix allthis and after 12 calls to Apple and more time wasted I still have all the same problems. The Iphone 5 i bought two years ago worked just fine until Apples Trojan horse would not let me get internet anymore. Thanks Apple!! Now my phone is just as good as my old Nokia flip phone.

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  32. chadwickahoffer

    06/22/2015 at 11:12 am

    Is there any way IOS8.3 can remember my settings so every time I connect to my PC I don’t have to hit the “TRUST COMPUTER” or the “ONLY USB” button?

    Reply

  33. tim

    06/25/2015 at 5:43 am

    does anyone realise that the 8.3 version updated only leave you 12.7G , the iphone suppose to be 16G ,might take 2G for software before now it used a quarter of capacity, they should say 12G iphone not 16G

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  34. Pt

    06/25/2015 at 11:44 pm

    What if your iPad mini won’t login to your APPLE ID account!? It won’t let me get apps or anything

    Reply

  35. Carly

    07/03/2015 at 8:34 am

    I got my iPad for my birthday yesterday. But the on and off button won’t work. I hope they come out with a new update soon. Or at least fix the problems

    Reply

  36. Hunter

    07/03/2015 at 9:23 am

    My face time does not work after the 8.4

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  37. Teri J

    07/05/2015 at 7:52 pm

    I have been having issues with iOS 8.3 since I “upgraded” a few months ago, and I am flabbergasted that I am being urged to understand the risks and to expect issues and bugs when I upgrade my operating system. If a car company ever said that to its customers, it would be run out of business.

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  38. Sandra

    07/14/2015 at 6:32 pm

    Any one have advice I have I phone 4 was running on ios8.2 updated to ios8.3 and phone never turned on I’m completely distraught pls help anyone???

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    • Chrestotes

      07/22/2015 at 9:20 pm

      Sandra I suggest u buy new fone.. May be your iPhone 4 is out molded

      Reply

  39. agapetus

    07/16/2015 at 2:31 pm

    After my update my Apple Car Play doesn’t work on my Pioneer 8100 NEX stereo. It locks up the phone and stereo and unless I turn off the vehicle and phone the stereo will not work properly and the GPS will not run steady and will skip around. Anyone have any ideas?

    Reply

  40. shannon

    07/19/2015 at 7:37 pm

    I have just tried to transfer my photos to the pc and it wont let me. Any idea why?

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  41. Giovanna

    07/25/2015 at 9:19 pm

    After I updated to ios 8.3 i don’t have space for anything else! I have an iphone 5 16gb and itunes says the “other” is using a total of 6.77gb, is this normal? My music, photos and apps are using 5gb only. Please help!!!

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  42. Pial

    08/01/2015 at 5:38 am

    incoming call screen is showing remind me later but not showing message icon. how I can fix

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  43. RT

    08/20/2015 at 12:15 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, APPLE!
    You have just passed up windows as the worst and most frustrating operating system while single-handedly destroying your reputation of rock solid performance.

    Not only do you downgrade your “upgrades,” you sink other apps with it….bravo! I guess anything worth doing, is worth doing big….slow mail, crashing web browser, overall performance problems, not “issues.” Let’s call them what they are!

    Anyone have the phone number for Microsoft?

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  44. Sheila Psaila

    08/25/2015 at 5:32 pm

    I still can’t import photos from my camera since upgrading to iOS 8.3 on my 1914 iPad Air. Any help available?

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  45. ᒍOᔕEᑭᕼ KEOᕼᗩᐯOᑎG

    08/28/2015 at 10:03 pm

    ᗯᕼEᑎ I ᕼᗩᐯE 25.00 ᑕᗩᔕᕼ Iᑎ ᗰY ᗩᑭᑭ ᔕTOᖇE ᗩᑕᑕOᑌᑎT ᗯᕼEᑎ I ᗷᑌY ᔕOᗰETᕼIᑎG IT ᔕᗩYᔕ ᑕEᖇTIᖴIᑕᗩTIOᑎ ᗩᑎᗪ TᖇIEᔕ TO ᑌᔕE ᑕᖇEᗪIT ᑕᗩᖇᗪ

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    • RT

      08/28/2015 at 10:42 pm

      Already upgraded to the “latest and greatest “fix… iOS still runs like crap… Delays are at least as long as they were in the previous “fix. “. Apple quality has gone waaaaaaaay down hill! I wonder when they will be able to stop the slide. It is long overdue.

      Reply

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