iOS 8.3

No Password Required for Free Apps in iOS 8.3

iOS 8.3 solves one the most annoying problems on the Apple App Store -- having to enter your password every time you download a free app. MacRumors has discovered a few new features in the latest iOS 8.3 beta, including a new switch that allows users to disable the password requirement for apps labeled "Get" or "Free" in the App Store.

The iTunes & App Store settings in iOS 8.3 have been updated with a new section for "Purchases and In-App Purchases." Here you will find the option to have your device "Always Require" a password when downloading an app from the App Store, or to only require a password 15-minutes after your last download. A new "Require Password" switch has also been added for "Free Downloads". Up until now users only had the options to set their password requirements to "Immediately" or "15 minutes" in the Restrictions section of the General settings. The new toggle in iOS 8.3 allows users more freedom to decide if they want to enter a password or not when downloading free apps.

Apple Releases iOS 8.3 to Public Beta Software Program

Members of the general public who enjoy having the latest and greatest beta software installed on their iOS devices are in luck. As previously announced, Apple has made iOS 8.3 beta 3 available through their Beta Software Program website. The same software seeded to developers earlier today is in a phased rollout to be tested by those without iOS developer accounts.

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This marks the first time Apple has seeded a beta version of iOS to the general public, following a similar program that allows Mac owners to test the latest OS X. For those who haven't already joined the Beta Software Program, signing up requires entering a valid Apple ID. Once signed into the Apple Beta Software Program website, the beta firmware can be installed by following the on screen instructions.

Siri Learns Russian, iOS 8.2 Beta Jailbroken and More

Apple on Monday released the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers. The second version features several new languages for Siri including "Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for India," according to 9to5Mac. This is the first time that Siri has learned any new languages since iOS 6.0 was released in 2012.

iOS 8.3 Beta 2

Developers have also discovered that iOS 8.3 includes a new Wireless CarPlay feature, a more diverse Emoji picker, support for Apple Pay in China and that Siri's speech has been tweaked.

iOS 8.3 beta 3 is now available as OTA update from the Developer Center.

What to Expect from iOS 8.2 Through iOS 9.0

Apple is not only working on iOS 8.2, but the company released the first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers on Monday. Apple is also simultaneously working on iOS 8.4 and iOS 9.0, according to a report from 9to5Mac. iOS 8.0 was released on September 17, 2014, two days before the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple called it. "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the App Store," but the OS stumbled out of the gate shipping with a bug that caused issues for HealthKit-enabled apps. iOS 8.0.1 was released to fix the HealthKit related bug, but the update caused some users to lose access to their cellular data and Touch ID. iOS 8 finally got rolling a few days later with the release iOS 8.0.2.

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iOS 8.1 was eventually released to add Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iOS 8.1.3 launched a few weeks ago to improve stability and performance.

Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2 on Feb. 2, 2015. The next major update is mostly focused on the Apple Watch. It will include Apple's WatchKit API for app developers and a few bug fixes. iOS 8.2 also reintroduces blood glucose tracking in the Health app. iOS 8.2 is expected to launch in late-March or early April before the release of the Apple Watch.


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