iOS 8.3

Following the release of OS X 10.10.3 to the public, Apple has also released iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update, which has been in beta for several months, brings over 300 new emojis (including diversity options) as well as a new keyboard for inputting the symbols. The new keyboard features a scrolling UI, rather than the old page metaphor, to better accommodate the wider range of emojis available in the update.

iOS 8.3 also includes a whole host of new Siri languages, so more international users can benefit from Apple’s virtual personal assistant. The update adds Siri in Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Swedish, Turkish and Portuguese. Siri’s voice has also been tweaked in this update.

Full change list included after the break:

There are also a lot of smaller changes, that no doubt some users will find helpful. For instance, Siri can now start calls on speakerphone if you ask it to do so. iOS 8.3 also includes new settings for changing how the iTunes Store asks for authentication, meaning users can optionally allow free apps to be downloaded with no password required.

The update also includes new filtering options in the Messages app. Toggling a preference in Settings adds a filter bar to the Messages app, which separates messages from unknown senders out of the main list. You can also report iMessages as junk, which will send a request off to Apple to review the message.

In addition, Apple released Xcode 6.3 with Swift 1.2 and an Apple Watch fix for apps that use continuous background location updates:

A bug where continuous background location updates fail to update has been resolved. If your Watch app relies on continuous background location updates to function, it is recommended that you update your WatchKit extension deployment target to iOS 8.3 and submit your app with Xcode 6.3.

iOS 8.3 was also notable because it was the first version of iOS to be released as a public beta. Apple is expected to do the same with iOS 9 in the summer.

Full release notes:

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

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