iOS 8.3 is now here!

This looks like quite a big release.  Just in case you did not read everything during the upgrade.

Also, I suggest upgrading using iTunes and not over the air.  While it works over the air, there can be some additional issues – such as amount of space that you can avoid by using iTunes to upgrade.


iOS 8.3

This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

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

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

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