Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.3 beta. The initial iOS 8.3 beta came as a surprise because iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK also remains in testing.

The beta is available through the iOS Developer Center. It includes Xcode 6.3 and a new version of Apple's programming language, Swift. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta for third-generation Apple TVs.

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While iOS 8.2 appears to bring only minor bug fixes to the operating system along with the WatchKit SDK and support for the Apple Watch, the first beta of iOS 8.3 introduced several new features including support for wireless CarPlay connectivity, a new emoji picker, support for Google 2-step verification, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. It also removes the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library.

iOS 8.3 will be released following iOS 8.2, which is expected in March, so it may be a few months yet before we see a public iOS 8.3 launch.

What's new in iOS 8.3 beta 2:

Release notes - According to iOS 8.3 release notes, the new beta is not compatible with LTE Voice on Verizon. Apple asks that customers using Verizon set LTE to data only. There's also been a fix to the dialog that appears when an iPhone is connected to a CarPlay-compatible car.

Emoji - iOS 8.3 beta 2 introduces all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers. There are also new country flags and updated emoji for the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch.

Siri - Siri has gained support for several new languages, including Danish, Dutch, English (India), English (New Zealand), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

Crash reporting - The new Xcode 6.3 beta 2 update includes a crash log reports service that collects and aggregates crash log data into crash reports that will be available in Xcode.

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Top Rated Comments

zed1291 Avatar
121 months ago
I don't see the OTA update yet (in the eastern US), but am looking forward to updating. I only have the beta installed on one of my iPhones and it (Verizon iPhone 6) has had poor reception nearly everywhere since I installed iOS 8.3.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Defender2010 Avatar
121 months ago
Pretty sure, you will find all fitness related data in the HEALTH app... :cool:

Actually he/she means this app- I'm pretty sure it will not come until the GM is released. :cool:
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JetBlack7 Avatar
121 months ago
How about releasing 8.2?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlendedFrog Avatar
121 months ago
In case anyone is wondering:

Known issues section:

LTE Voice
Known Issue

LTE Voice does not work properly with Verizon.

Workaround: If you are using Verizon, please set LTE to Data Only for this seed.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jayson A Avatar
121 months ago
Most important in this release. AirPlay menu on iPad is fixed!

I AM SO FRIGGIN HAPPY ABOUT THIS CHANGE! That's been bugging me for quite some time on the iPad.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FreeState Avatar
121 months ago
This came out last fall -- https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/health/

Fitness is a companion app for the iWatch, it isnt out yet.


http://mobihealthnews.com/39696/apple-watch-companion-app-leak-reveals-fitness-health-reminder-features/
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