What's New in 8.3:

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
  • Safari tabs
  • 3rd-party keyboards
  • 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

  • Address 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 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
  • Address 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 issues that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

Earlier iPhone models (click on your model to download iOS 8.3):

Download links for iOS 8.2 (previous version):

Download links for iOS 8.1.3:

New Features in iOS 8:

Messages improvements

  • Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
  • Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact, or leave a conversation
  • New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view

 Photos improvements

  • Smart editing tools to adjust light and color with a swipe
  • Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
  • Search by date, location, or album name or use smart suggestions
  • Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas, and Time-lapse
  • Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
  • Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.

Camera improvements

  • Time-lapse mode
  • Capture timer
  • Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
  • Burst mode on front facing camera on iPhone 5s
  • Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display

QuickType keyboard

  • Predictive typing personalized to your writing style, and customized based on the recipient and the app
  • Predictive is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai
  • Third-party keyboard support

Health

  • New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
  • Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
  • Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions, and more with the option to make accessible from the lock screen
  • Available on iPhone and iPod touch

Family Sharing

  • Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
  • Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
  • Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more 

iCloud Drive

  • Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC
  • Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
  • Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically

Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad, and Mac work together more seamlessly

  • Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
  • Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
  • Instant Hotspot to automatically use your cellular connection to get online with your other devices
  • AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
  • Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)    

Spotlight improvements 

  • Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, movies (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store 
  • Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions 
  • Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland 

Mail improvements

  • Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
  • Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
  • VIP threads

Siri improvements

  • Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
  • “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
  • Streaming voice recognition
  • Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
  • Purchase content from iTunes Store

Safari improvements

  • DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • Private browsing per tab
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links 
  • Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info

Maps improvements

  • Flyover city tours
  • Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
  • Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events

App Store improvements

  • New Explore tab for easier category browsing
  • Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
  • Scrolling search results
  • App video previews
  • Editors’ Choice badges

Enterprise features 

  • Expanded data protection to Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes in addition to Mail and 3rd-party apps
  • Per message S/MIME email controls
  • Improved UI to make it easier for users to understand the remote management of their device
  • Automatic reply for Exchange
  • Free/busy lookup for Calendar invitations
  • MDM Managed books can be automatically pushed to users

Accessibility features

  • Redesigned Zoom with one-handed control and multiple zoom modes including picture-in-picture
  • Built-in timer and Touch ID support for Guided Access
  • Speak Screen to read out contents of the screen via gesture or Siri command
  • VoiceOver improvements including Alex voice option and Braille input support
  • Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids to seamlessly switch from one paired iOS device to another

Features for China

  • Vector-based maps
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Lunar calendar support
  • Improved predictive input
  • Improved weather data

Expanded language support

  • Dictation support for 22 additional languages: Croatian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • New keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian, and Urdu
  • Hindi localization 
  • Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai, Turkish
  • Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
  • Spell check for Turkish
  • Hebrew language support for Text to Speech and VoiceOver

New developer capabilities including

  • Extensibility, giving apps new sharing options and the ability to create widgets, photo filters and editing tools in Photos, and 3rd-party keyboards
  • Metal, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices
  • SpriteKit and SceneKit for improved 2D and 3D games
  • HomeKit, a new way for you to control supported devices in your home using Siri
  • Touch ID support so you can sign in to third-party apps with just your fingerprint
  • CloudKit, offering a complete and scaleable back-end solution helping developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers

Other improvements

  • Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
  • Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
  • New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
  • iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organization for book series
  • Podcasts app built into iOS
  • Battery usage by app
  • iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
  • FaceTime Audio call waiting
  • Rich text editing in Notes
  • Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
  • Bug fixes