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iOS 8.3 vs iOS 8.2: What’s New in iOS 8.3



What’s new in iOS 8.3? Apple delivers a massive update that adds new iPhone Emoji, fixing major problems that plagued users since iOS 8 last year and many other great changes. Here’s a list of what’s new and how the iOS 8.3 vs iOS 8.2 comparison stacks up.

Apple outlines nine different sections of iOS 8.3 update features and fixes, with nearly 70 new fixes and upgrades listed. Here are 12 key new iOS 8.3 features that users will want to use and build into their daily iPhone habits.

The iOS 8.3 update is available for the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina, iPad mini 3 and the iPod touch 5th generation. This is essential for users who are experiencing any iOS 8 problems, 8.1 Problems or iOS 8.2 problems.

Apple delivers several visual changes to this update, so you’ll notice a few changes in how things look with iOS 8.3. These are not dramatic changes, and in most cases will help you use the iPhone better.

Read: 10 Things to Do Before Installing the iOS 8.3 Update

Once you read about what’s new you can use our iOS 8.3 installation guide to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you don’t like the update you can downgrade to iOS 8.2 for a limited time.

Here are a dozen of the most important new iOS 8.3 features, that show you what’s new compared to iOS 8.2 and earlier versions of iOS 8.

iOS 8.3 vs iOS 8.2: What’s New in iOS 8.3

New iPhone Emoji in iOS 8.3

New iPhone Emoji in iOS 8.3

Apple adds over 300 new iPhone emoji in iOS 8.3. There are new Emoji like the Apple Watch and a new Mac, but most users will focus on the addition of more family choices including more kids, families of two men or two women and now there is an option to change the skin tone of many emoji.

Read: How to Use New Emojis

With this update you can tap and hold to choose the skin tone of an emoji icon for many emoji options and then tap to pick the color option. Tap and hold on a new color option to make it the default.

The iOS 8.3 emoji keyboard for iPhone now offers continuous scrolling so it is easier to scroll through the emoji options and find the ones you want.



  1. [email protected]

    04/08/2015 at 6:18 pm

    Not able to send mail. Send button is grey. Tried everything.

    • Bella

      06/08/2015 at 1:30 pm

      It had gone grey because you have typed in the wrong email. it will go green if it’s right and u will b able to send it

  2. Anonymous

    04/08/2015 at 11:42 pm

    Apple needs to stop with these rapid-fire iOS releases. There’s been an update at least once a month since September, and frankly it’s getting annoying. I liked it better when the updates were spaced out and were actually substantial (iOS 5, 6, and 7). iOS 8.3 should’ve been called iOS 8.2.1, as it’s mostly bug fixes.

  3. Kristin

    04/09/2015 at 6:14 am

    Not able to send texts or email. The keyboard is “stuck” with emojis and I cannot toggle back to ABC.

  4. Robyn

    04/09/2015 at 6:23 am

    New update has MESSED UP iTunes!!!
    To save my battery I would select a genera and hit shuffle – then close iTunes and swipe up from home screen and hit play and it would start from the song I selected – NOT ANY MORE!! Now it just shuffles form my entire music catalog. So I have to leave iTunes open all the time now to get the music I want and risk my battery DYING!!

    • Null

      04/12/2015 at 3:32 pm

      That won’t affect your battery, just enjoy the music…as long as it is playing. the music app is still running when playing, even if it appears to be closed.

  5. Larry

    04/09/2015 at 7:56 am

    This is why I went to android after all the years of apple’s corrupt ios and updates and same look ohhh a bigger screen android had that years ago time cook your so way behind the times you just your flashy apple logo and ripoff priced and overrated iPhone I had all models from the 3gs to the 6 I gave up!!! 😂

    • Will S

      04/09/2015 at 11:12 pm

      Well then why are you here?

    • James

      04/11/2015 at 12:10 am

      Tim Cook*, You’re*.
      Plus if you compare iOS to android, it’s probably way more better because iOS is smooth, and android keeps updating it’s processors and copies apple’s designs, but it can’t be the level as Apple.
      I’m not a fan boy, I’ve used Androids about 4 years, but Android can’t even touch iPhones techno.

    • Null

      04/12/2015 at 3:33 pm


  6. russel

    04/09/2015 at 9:35 am

    update was only for 5 minutes. installation another 5. IDK why yours took more than ten mins. I am using 5s

  7. Whatthe

    04/09/2015 at 10:36 am

    I cannot open any purchased app.. Anyone having the same problem I have??

  8. Hello

    04/09/2015 at 2:09 pm

    Some of the skin tones just stay yellow and will not change! The family ones and the kissing ones are a great example. If Apple wasn’t going to let us alter the skin tone for those too they should have just left them how they were before instead of turning them yellow!

  9. Natalie

    04/13/2015 at 9:31 am

    Completed the update no problem; but my audio (speaker volume) is shot. I can barely hear the person I’m speaking to when on maximum volume. I am also experiencing the issue where iTouch doesn’t work when buying an app etc.. Have performed a reset to see if this resolved the sound problem but it did not.

  10. Seth Betweeen

    04/13/2015 at 12:54 pm

    Where is the Mohammad emoji?

  11. JoBlo

    04/13/2015 at 7:07 pm

    My phone wont do the update even though I clicked on it like 20times. It just crashes after I accept the terms and conditions. help!

  12. Travis

    04/17/2015 at 11:44 am

    Hey! Music all deleted off 5s. Cannot download from iCloud. Even newly purchased music won’t download. Updated to iOS 8.3 yesterday… No success??

    • Mario

      05/02/2015 at 2:37 pm

      Hey travis I had the same problem too but I found out a way to fix. Go to settings, music and then when you see a tab that says show all music, you have to turn it on and that’s where all your music shows up. Hope that helps

  13. Manish

    04/28/2015 at 11:14 pm

    How to do call forwarding in ios8.1.1

  14. MaLynda

    04/29/2015 at 4:52 pm

    I have lost Siri and the talk and text feature

  15. jimkayd

    05/03/2015 at 5:38 pm

    Email freezes, phone does not respond to touch often. Have to press home button twice to back out and start over, also, I noticed I can’t share many things by email or message but only by social media, can’t copy some things either. I don’t like that. I do like the bluetooth with car and being able to listen to your music.

  16. Shujaat khan

    05/12/2015 at 11:29 am

    No need to update

  17. Kimberly

    06/02/2015 at 7:01 am

    I haven’t done it yet should I??

  18. Macon

    06/10/2015 at 6:06 am

    I have the android platform and knew it was the reason why I went with apple. Many of the applications I use with Apple are terrible on the android platform. Apple may have issues but the android platform and its applications are limited. I think if you are a kid who likes lots of games then the Android platform is for you. I am a business man and I will stick with Apple.

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