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iOS 8.3 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.3 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update brings a number of enhancements and fixes though according to some iPhone and iPad users, it also brings some problems. With iOS 8.3 problems emerging for iPhone and iPad, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS 8 update.

In February, Apple put the iOS 8.2 update into its beta program ahead of a public release. In the weeks that followed, iOS 8.3 rumors suggested that it would arrive after Apple’s fourth iOS 8.3 beta release. Yesterday, Apple confirmed those rumors when it released an iOS 8.3 update to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users around the globe.

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iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is here and it delivers some big time new features including a new Emoji keyboard, enhancements to CarPlay, and bug fixes for a number of iOS 8 problems. It’s a huge update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it’s huge for those experiencing iOS 8 problems on iOS 8.2 and below.

Incremental updates like iOS 8.3 always have the potential to have a huge impact on iPhone or iPad performance. In some cases, they have a positive impact on performance. In others, negative. While the iOS 8.3 update is still new, we’re already hearing about some iOS 8.3 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users.

With iOS 8.3 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into iOS 8.3 issues on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iOS 8.3 Problems Plague iPhone & iPad Users

iOS 8 problems have plagued some users since the update’s release back in September. And that’s why many users rejoiced when they saw that iOS 8.3 brings a number of big time fixes for Wi-Fi problems, for landscape issues, and more. iOS 8.3 is a huge bug fix but it’s now clear that it brings some iOS 8 problems of its own.

The fact that iOS 8.3 problems have started to emerge for some iPhone and iPad users shouldn’t come as a surprise. iOS updates, big and small, always fix some bugs but they almost always bring their own collection of problems. iOS 8.3 isn’t any different.

Apple’s new update is extremely new but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t seen a ton of complaints emerge. In fact, we’re already seeing a steady stream of frustrations from owners of the iPhone and iPad.

Today, we’re seeing users complain about Touch ID issues in the App Store. It appears that the Touch ID prompt no longer appears when making a purchase in the App Store. Instead, the only prompt that appears is the one that asks users to sign in using their Apple ID.

We’ve seen the issue on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and it appears that iPad Air 2 and iPhone 5s users are seeing the same things when they try and purchase a free or paid application.

Some iPhone 4s users are also saying that they are unable to install the iOS 8.3 update. This problem seems to be impacting a few iPhone 4s users though it doesn’t appear to be widespread, at least for the moment.

Other iPhone 4s users have been able to download the iOS 8.3 update without any problems so it’s clear that this is an isolated problem. We saw a similar issue on the iPhone 5 and once we restarted it, the device was able to find the iOS 8.3 update.

We’ve starting to see the usual complaints about battery life issues. Complaints about battery life are common after a major iOS update like iOS 8.3 though often times it’s not the update itself but a rogue app or bad habits that are causing the problems.

Battery life issues aren’t the only iOS 8.3 problems users are complaining about. iOS 8.3 users are complaining about the usual array of installation problems, random crashes, problems with the keyboard, various issues with the camera including focus issues, problems with Photos, Wi-Fi problems, CarPlay issues, sync problems, AirPlay issues, an odd problem with Hotspot, assorted issues with applications like Gmail, and more. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg given that we’re just a day removed from the update’s release.

Now, it’s important to point out that most of these iOS 8.3 problems are isolated issues. There are a few, battery drain in particular, that seem to be affecting quite a few people but most of these issues appear to be limited to just a few users. Right now. Again, bugs have a habit of showing their faces hours, weeks and sometimes months after an iOS release.

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We point these iOS 8.3 problems out for a few reasons. One, we want to generate discussion because discussion always leads to potential fixes. And two, as a reminder.

iPhone and iPad users need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates. Especially when it comes to big updates like iOS 8.3. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you should certainly give it a go before installing iOS 8.3 on your device.

iOS 8.3 on iPhone & iPad

While we’re seeing a number of complaints about iOS 8.3 problems, we’re also getting positive feedback from some iPhone and iPad users. Some users claim that iOS 8.3 actually helped their battery life. iOS 8.3 didn’t list any battery life fixes in the change log but as we’ve noted many times, iOS updates have a habit of fixing issues that aren’t listed there.

We’ve posted our initial iOS 8.2 impressions for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5 and what we’ve found is that the iOS 8.3 is a very stable update on all three of these popular devices. We’ve also been using it on the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad 3 and all of them are performing well.

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This is an update that spent a ton of time in the beta program and it’s an update that’s followed seven other iOS 8 bug fix updates. It’s building on a solid foundation.

We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve spent some more time with iOS 8.3 but so far, the update has been behaving on a number of different iPhone and iPad models. That said, you’re going to really want to dig into user feedback before going one way (skipping iOS 8.3 for now) or the other (installing right now). Yes, the Emojis are nice but you’ll want to be absolutely sure before you need this update before you install. Right now, performance could go either way.

There Are Fixes for iOS 8.3 Problems

If you do happen to stumble upon an iOS 8.3 problem on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you should know that there are probably some fixes out there for that problem. We recently put together a list of common iOS 8.2 problems and fixes for those issues. Many of these issues are impacting users after the iOS 8.3 update.

These fixes have been passed down from iOS update to update so there are some proven solutions in there. These fixes, which range from fixes for battery life problems to installation problems aren’t going to work for everyone. That said, they are worth a try if you do run into some problems after getting the update on board.

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Our fixes are going to be a great starting point though we think you need to keep your eyes open. Apple’s Discussion Forums always provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Keep these in mind so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.3.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.2

You have another option at your disposal. For the time being, you can downgrade to iOS 8.2. Apple is currently signing off on the update though it will stop doing so at some point in the future. That means that you’re going to need to act fast if you don’t like iOS 8.3’s performance.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process. It will take a little bit of effort but it could prove beneficial to those of you that do run into iOS 8.3 problems on the iPhone or iPad.

What’s Next

If you do run into an iOS 8.3 problem or two on your device, you’re going to need to be extremely proactive. Whether that means looking for fixes or downgrading to iOS 8.2 is entirely up to you.

The iOS 8.4 release could bring a new Beats inspired iTunes streaming service to take on Spotify.

The iOS 8.4 release could bring a new Beats inspired iTunes streaming service to take on Spotify.

We say that because there’s no guarantee that Apple will roll out an iOS 8.3.1 update. If it has one in the works, it’s not saying. The Touch ID App Store problem appears to be widespread enough to force Apple’s hand but even then, iOS 8.3.1 might just roll out to correct that one bug.

With iOS 8.3 now out, we no longer have a confirmed iOS update in the pipeline. iOS 8.4 is rumored for the summer but it’s no guarantee. iOS 9 is rumored for the fall and we could potentially see Apple roll iOS 8.4 features into its iOS 9 update. In other words, the future is extremely unpredictable and you’ll need to grab your iOS 8.3 problems by the horns.



  1. Michael Howard

    04/20/2015 at 5:47 pm

    OH — MY — GOD!!!!!!!! 28 paragraphs of absolutely ZERO information.

  2. sdfasdf

    04/22/2015 at 1:28 pm

    yea pure shit article, filler, no info, kill yourself OP

  3. Angie

    05/07/2015 at 8:35 pm

    My iPhone 5s all of a sudden quit letting me call out or recv calls I can do everything else, everyone else in my home has no problems with this. Could this possibly be from the update?

  4. Liam

    06/04/2015 at 1:56 am

    Now something that annoys me is if I’m listening to an audio book they won’t save where I was & when I’m playing my favourites playlist on shuffle I’ll turn my iPod touch off go back on later & it starts the playlist at 1 out of 81 songs again, this is just like the audio book problem it use to stay where i got up to even on shuffle for playlists, please fix it

  5. Ananya

    06/09/2015 at 1:10 am

    My iPhone 5s all of a sudden quit letting me call out or recv calls I can do everything else.what is the problem?plz help me out .

  6. EJ

    06/10/2015 at 11:48 pm

    I am usually reluctant to upgrade my ios, especially having experienced bugs on my 4s in the past, 8.2 was working so well for me, but then i had no choice but to upgrade to 8.3. I had to do this, because as i have noticed each and every time i didnt upgrade, things would go wrong on my phone, the sound toggle on the top left would keep vibrating on and off, or the screen would freeze, so eventually i upgraded, because in the past, upgrading fixed those issues. Now, what i am encountering with 8.3 is what i can only describe as a HELLISH nightmare. The ringer toggle keeps vibrating on and off when i keep it on or off, the screen freezes everytime whether im on an app or not, screen just goes dim for no reason even when its on high, and god forbid i should let the battery drain until the phone switches off because then when i try to charge it on the wall or mac, it either keeps beeping every second, or vibrates every second and never turns on. Funny thing is though that while this is happening, i plug it to the mac, it detects, syncs, backs up, shows me how much the battery is charged but the damn thing wont switch on, so every time i have to push the home and power button, then and only then does it come on. I mean this is starting to become ‘fracking’ annoying, i like my 4s and cannot afford another latest model, if this is apples ploy to commercially wipe out the older models so people get fed up and just purchase a newer one so it will make the problems go away, then they are outrageously crazy. Im sorry, but i would rather go back to a basic phone. Hope the next upgrade comes swiftly and with less issues because i am at my wits end!

    • J Jay

      06/28/2015 at 12:53 am

      That’s my problem too!
      Right after upgrading to iOS 8.3 my phone began crashing like crazy whenever I try to charge it. I cannot even turn it on. It also crashes when not charging butnot as often.
      I’m looking forward to iOS 9 Beta just to be done with this extremely frustrating problem.

  7. Kimberley Wood

    06/13/2015 at 3:08 am

    I have had my iPad mini since 2013 and never had a problem with it until around 6 months ago. Around the time iOS 8 was released. Since then apps keep crashing randomly and it’s a pain in the ass!

    • Philip

      06/22/2015 at 7:17 pm

      If you are using an old device, updates for new devices are designed to render older models non-functional, it’s Apple’s way of encouraging you to buy new products.

  8. jdigi5090

    06/17/2015 at 7:41 am

    Why is it that WE the customers have to deal with this crap!? Hello? You are APPLE and you should have enough great programmers to test the heck out of new OS updates before all the customers find the bugs. Seriously? I’m now having issues with my touchscreen on my iphone 5S after downloading the 8.3 OS, but now it’s MY responsibility to google how to fix it and spend hours in the Apple store? While I love the Apple products, I may just need to switch my phone once and for all.

  9. ~Melissa

    06/24/2015 at 2:57 pm

    My phone is stuck in a perpetual loop ‘Verifying Update’ for more that 24 hrs and when I reboot to unfreeze, I have lost my carrier! o calls in or out. Carrier changes SIMM and still nothing. They claim the update must finish.
    Its now over 6 hours and its still ‘Verifying Update’. NOTE This verification has no progress bar, as I might to inclined to endure if i know its actually doing something and not “Frozen’!
    I NEED my phone more than anything else on this freaking device.

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  11. J. Turner

    07/31/2015 at 9:02 am

    I can go to spotlight search and put in any simple phrase and see deleted messages..I tried this in friends iPhones that haven’t installed the new software and theirs don’t do that…this is terrible turned me against iPhone

  12. Faith

    08/05/2015 at 1:49 am

    Both my cameras have black screen? Restrictions off camera? Do I have to update to iOS 8.4 on my iphone 5 to access me cameras? Camera not working on snapchat, home icon or Instagram both front and rear are black. Also when I go on snapchat it just tells me to turn off restrictions for camera

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