Apple seeds first iOS 8.3 beta to developers

Monday morning, Apple somewhat unexpectedly seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can download the software through Apple’s Dev Center portal.
Apple has just seeded the first developer preview for iOS 8.3, which will in all likelihood be the next major update for the platform in 2015. With this update, it’s believed that support for the Apple Watch will see the light of day, as Apple tests the software ahead of a public launch. As far as this beta release goes, it’s the first of what will probably be many, as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook previously confirmed that the Apple Watch is on schedule to begin shipping in April.

BGR said recently that iOS 8.2 will arrive ahead of the Apple Watch launch in April so it’s unclear what new features iOS 8.3 brings to iOS.

The first beta of iOS 8.3 carries a build number of 12F5027d. According to Apple, devices updated to the iOS 8.3 beta cannot be restored to earlier versions of iOS.

For starters, iOS 8.3 seems to lose the beta tag on iCloud Photo Library, indicating Apple’s unified photo syncing solution is about to graduate.

Next, iOS 8.3 — just like the forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update — supports Google accounts protected with Google’s two-step verification process.

MacRumors is reporting that iOS 8.3 includes a brand new emoji picker. First spotted in OS X 10.10.3, it organizes emoji into categories in a scrollable list and introduces new emoji and presumably an option for selecting new skin tones for some nice mutlicultural emojis.

Another user posted this CarPlay setup screen said to be new in iOS 8.3, indicating that the software will bring out support for wireless CarPlay connections. The CarPlay item is found under Settings > General, just below Siri, Spotlight Search, and Handoff & Suggested Apps options.
In addition to iOS 8.3 Beta 1, Dev Center was also refreshed with a matching Xcode 6.3 beta (build 6D520o) containing SDKs for iOS 8.3 and OS X versions 10.9 and 10.10, as well as Swift version 1.2 with “a number of noteworthy changes.”


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