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Apple iOS 8.3 for iPhone/iPad: Things you should know first

Apple is set to release iOS 8.2 in a move to fix several bugs and bring in new features and the company has confirmed that iOS 8.3 will be released in the future for iPad, iPhone and iPods. Here are the top five facts that you need to know about the upcoming OS.ios-8.3-on-iphone-6

Ever since the release of iOS 8, Apple has been working hard to fix the issues by releasing six updates and the latest 8.1.3 update fixed major bugs and issues. The latest update included a fix to reduce storage space occupied by the OS. The remaining bugs in the OS are expected to be fixed by 8.2 update that is set to release in March before Apple Watch’s release slated by April end.

iOS 8.3 Beta 1:

Recently, Apple released the beta version of iOS 8.3 for developers named iOS 8.3 beta 1 who are part of the company’s beta program. The first beta release comes after the release of iOS 8.2 beta 5, the fifth beta release to developers.

iOS 8.3 Features:

Apple is known to bring in new features in x.x updates as iOS 8.1 update bought in the new Apple Pay service for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. iOS 8.3 beta will bring in wireless CarPlay Support in addition to the existing wired feature. Google accounts on iPad and iPhone will have a simplified way of two-form authentication. More details will be revealed once the change log is released.

iOS 8.3 compatibility:

The iOS 8 compatible devices comprising of iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and 5th-gen iPod Touch  will receive the update. Currently, the beta version is available for these devices.

Release date:

Apple has not mentioned the release date of 8.3 update though the release of iOS 8.2 update in the second week of March indicates that the update might release only after a few months. More beta versions of 8.1.3 update will be release in the coming weeks before the public release.

iOS 9

With 8.3 being the final major update for iOS 8, iOS 9 will mark its entry into Apple devices by the end of the year. The company had revealed some of its upcoming features at WWDC during a developer’s conference in June. The new OS will bring major stability fixes and the company has reportedly put in a “huge” effort to make sure for several fixes and increased performance. For the time being, iPhone and iPad users will need to wait for the 8.2 update for bug fixes.

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  1. Apple has given invites to certain users in the last few hours, without divulging the process for which it has chosen the users to test the new beta version of iOS 8.3.http://bit.ly/18KdgRs.

  2. Apple has touted the fastest rollout of its iOS software ever. According to reports from iOS is now installed on 50 per cent of devices capable of running the operating system.

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