Apple releases iOS 8.3 with racially diverse emoji, new Siri languages and more

Apple iOS 8.3 update is being rolled out gradually to all supported devices. The update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update or through iTunes for devices running iOS 8 that include iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch. The update include several new features, design enhancements and a large number of bug fixes.

The new features include new Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters, revamped emoji picker with new character, more skin-tone options that depict people, wireless CarPlay support, two-factor authentication for Google accounts and Apple Pay functionality enabled for China's UnionPay network. Now, Siri comes with Additional language and country support. It can now understand the Indian accent.

The iOS 8.3 bring improved performance for App launch and responsiveness, Messages, Wi-Fi, Control center, Safari tabs, keyboard shortcuts and third party keyboards. The new build also updates a few apps like Passbook, Messages and photos. Users now can download free apps from the app store without the need to enter the Apple password.

iOS 8.3 Full Changelog 

Improved performance for:
  • App launch
  • App responsiveness
  • Messages
  • Wi-Fi
  • Control Center
  • Safari tabs
  • Third-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 in to 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 third-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

    Source : ArsTechnica

    Kaiser Bey
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    Apple releases iOS 8.3 with racially diverse emoji, new Siri languages and more Apple releases iOS 8.3 with racially diverse emoji, new Siri languages
and more Reviewed by Kaiser on 4/09/2015 03:37:00 PM
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