iOS 8 had been plagued by bugs for a long, long time and the updates brought by Apple previously are about introducing new features such as Apple Pay support, Apple Watch compatibility and others. The mobile operating system was full of bugs and the performance  is not as great as it was in iOS 7.1, especially for older devices. Fortunately, iOS 8.3 is set to change that.

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For me, the best part of the iOS 8.3 update is the performance improvement. The launching speed and responsiveness of the applications are the most important of all. Apple also improve the  third party keyboards, Control Center, Wi-Fi, Safari tabs, keyboard shortcuts and others. There are tonnes of bug fixes to WiFi, Bluetooh, orientation and rotation, Messages, Family Sharing and others.

iOS 8.3 also brings some new features to the table. First of all you can connect your iPhone to Carplay wirelessly and you do not need the Lightning cable for that anymore (But who has CarPlay supported vehicles at the first place?). The Emoji keyboard now has a variety of skin tones for some icons and some new Emoji options for you to express yourself better. Other little things include new Siri languages, support of the new Photos app on Mac OSX and choice to allow free apps to be downloaded without password needed. The full change log is at the bottom of the post.

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The update size is around hundreds of megabytes and like usual you can install the update over the air or via iTunes on your computer. The downloading and installing were smooth and effortless. After updating my iPad 3 (which is one of the oldest devices running iOS 8) to iOS 8.3,  I do see that iOS runs smoother. Switching apps and launching third party keyboards seem faster. The improvement is not very,very significant and I feel that it was faster on older iOS versions, I would prefer iOS 8.3 over iOS 8.2 anytime.

The new features are really insignificant to most people, but the enhancement and fixes brought along make the iOS 8.3 worthy. I really hoped that this would come sooner and I wish that there are more to come in the near future. Fed up of the buggy iOS? Get your update now!

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
• 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:
<http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222>