iOS 8.3 Update Highlights

iOS 8.3 Emoji Example

Apple pushed out an update last week relevant for current iOS device owners, there a quite a few bug fixes that I hope they finally squashed.  The only notable feature addition in 8.3 is a new Emoji Keyboard with 300 new characters (see this CNET article for tips on using the new keyboard).  You can see the full release notes here.

The bug fixe/enhancement bullets that I am particularly excited about are:

  • Improved performance for App responsiveness [I am glad I was not the only one with a laggy iPhone 6 Plus]
  • Improved performance for 3rd-party keyboards [It gets a little better each update, I hope this is  a bigger leap]
  • Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
  • Address issues that caused group messages to sometimes split [I really hope this works properly now!!]
  • 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 [Nice to see this move forward, I still need to get my hands on the Photos app]
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages

Note: I have had issues running the update. I have seen “Software Update not available at this time. Try again later.” many times, even while plugged in and on my home WiFi.  A power cycle of the device allowed me to successfully update it.

Were any of this bugs bugging you?  Tweet me @willcoffin !!

iOS Update Screens w Fail

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