iOS 8.3 Beta 3 Review : Check Out Whats New ?

Written on:April 9, 2015
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Apple ios 8.3 beta 3 review whats new


Apple has just released a newer version of iOS that is iOS 8.3 (Beta 3) in the market.The iOS 8.3 Beta 2 was released 2 weeks ago. Apple has made few minor changes with the introduction of iOS 8.3 Beta 3 that we will be digging through in this article.

iOS 8.3 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Xcode 6.3 is also available, as is a 7.2 update for the Apple TV and a 1.2 update for Swift, Apple’s programming language.Even though this is only a Beta version that is mainly targeted towards the developer community.


Apple 8.3 beta 3 review emoji update


Emoji Improvements –

  • Updated emoji picker that organizes emoji into categories in an easily scrollable list,
  • New diversified emoji with expanded family options
  • Emoji skin tone modifiers for changing the look of people emoji.
  • There are also several new flags and updated phone, computer, and watch emoji that now resemble the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch.

Security Improvements –

  • Support for Google two-factor authentication that makes it possible to add Google accounts without the need for app specific passwords
  • Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network.


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Accessibility and Appearance Improvements –

  • Letting users connect their iPhones to their CarPlay systems sans Lightning cable
  • On the iPhone 6 Plus, in landscape mode, there’s now a bold/italics/underline key for formatting text. Previously, the key only allowed for bolding.
  • Messages settings has a new ‘Conversation List Filtering’ option. It adds tabs to the Messages app which separate messages with people in your contacts and everyone else.
  • Messages from unknown contacts now include a ‘Report Junk’ link. This apparently sends a report to Apple with the message details for review.
  • Unnamed Groups now name the members of the group instead of the generic ‘Group’ title.
  • Siri has gained new languages plus the ability to make calls using the iPhone’s speakerphone
  • Notable UI changes includes an update to the space bar, which has been elongated to prevent users from hitting the period key
  • It’s also now possible to turn on a setting to allow you to download free apps without the need to enter your password.




Bug fixes –

Apple iOS 8.3 Beta 3 has a long list of bug fixes. A detailed list of bug fixes are given below

Improved performance for:
– App launch
– App responsiveness
– Messages
– Wi-Fi
– Control Center
– Safari tabs
– 3rd-party keyboards
– Keyboard shortcuts
– Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes
– Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
– Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
– Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
– Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes
– Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
– Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
– Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
– Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes
– Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
– Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
– Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
– Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
– Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes
– Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
– Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
– Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes
– Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
– Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
– Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes
– Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
– Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
– Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
– Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
– Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
– Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
– Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
– Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
– Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes
– Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
– Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages
– Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
– Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
– Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes
– Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
– iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
– Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
– Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
– Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
– Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
– Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
– Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
– Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
– Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
– Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
– Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
– Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
– Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
– Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting “FYI”
– Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
– Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
– Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs
– Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
– Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
– Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks
– Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
– Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
– Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

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