Apple releases iOS 8.3 update, fixes issues with Bluetooth and Touch ID

Last night Apple released the latest in a long line of updates for iOS 8 (there have been eight in the last six months). iOS 8.3 fixes a number of bugs including problems with syncing audio playback through some Bluetooth speakers.

Initially users on Apple Support reported that the latest update caused problems with Touch ID on iPhones and iPads when making purchases on iTunes or in the App Store, but that now appears to have been fixed.

Some problems with wi-fi, causing devices to disconnect and then unable to reconnect, persist, despite Apple claiming that iOS 8.3 fixes the problem. It seems the fix works for some owners, but not all.

Enhancements brought in with 8.3 include racially diverse emoji, wireless CarPlay support (so you no longer need a Lightning cable to connect your iOS 8 device), more Siri languages, an upgraded iCloud Photo library and a speed boost when launching apps.

Have you experienced any problems with iOS 8.3? If so, let us know in the Comments box below.

Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.