New iOS 8.3 Features & Installation Guide

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// April 11, 2015

Apple has recently rolled out its latest update for their newest version of their operating system, with the release of iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad. It has the usual blend of upgrades and fixes for any linger bugs and issues that were present on the previous operating system. Let’s take a look at some of the new key features that come with the update.

New Features

iOS 8.3 update Emojis

Emojis – Perhaps the most notable change for iOS 8.3 is the introduction of a range of new emojis. Apple had received minor flak for the lack of diversity found amongst their emojis, and it would appear they have listen to their critics, as there is now a much more ethnically diverse selection of skin colours to choose from. There are over 300 new characters added, meaning the selections is as large and diverse as it has ever been.

CarPlay Wireless Support – There is no longer a need to connect your iPhone or iPad through a lighting cable to get access to CarPlay, with the system now being completely wireless. More cars are being manufactured with the CarPlay features, so its popularity to could certainly rise with this new update.

Bug Fixes – Most of the lingering bug issues with the previous iOS 8.2 have been addressed, with connectivity bugs for Wi-Fi login being fixed. This would cause login issues when attempting to connect to Wi-Fi, and would kick people off of their connection.

Another issue was the minor bugs when trying to change to landscape mode; some users could not revert back to portrait mode as well as the landscape mode appearing upside down. All of these bugs are fixed with the update.

Phone calls via Wi-Fi – A very handy new feature that allows users to switch between cellular networks and Wi-Fi ones to make calls, providing you are on one of the compatible networks such as EE in the UK and T-Mobile and Sprint in the US.

It means that you can use a Wi-Fi network as opposed to the normal cellular network to make and receive phone calls as well as SMS messages. A great feature for those times when a signal is impossible to get, and the quality of calls is not diminished.

How to Install

iOS 8.3 is a free upgrade available on the following Apple devices –

iPhones – iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s

iPads – iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (fourth gen), iPad (third gen), iPad 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini

To update any of these devices, take these simple steps to get your free upgrade

  • Select the settings app, choose general > software update
  • Tap download and install (it is possible to view the updates and bug fixes in detail as opposed to just downloading )
  • Enter your passcode after being prompted
  • Agree to the terms and conditions
  • Allow the device to restart
  • Once it has restarted enter your passcode > enter Apple ID > Verify numbers for FaceTime and & iMessage
  • Set up Apple Pay (optional)


iOS 8.3 Direct Download Links:(Jailbreak User, Don’t Update)


You can also update via iTunes, simply select your connected device, choose the iOS 8.3 update, and follow the prompts agreeing to the new terms and conditions. It should be downloaded after that, and when required fill out your passcode and Apple ID password.