Apple Releases iOS 8.3 Beta 3 (with Release Notes)

Apple Releases iOS 8.3 Beta 3 (with Release Notes)

By Rich W Woods

Today, Apple released iOS 8.3 Beta 3 alongside Xcode 6.3 Beta 3 and a new Apple TV beta. There’s not a whole lot that’s new. It’s mainly bug fixes from iOS 8.3 Beta 2 as well as they added the Apple Watch app, since they released iOS 8.2 on Monday after they launched the Apple Watch.

Stay tuned for the Xcode 6.3 Beta 3 release notes.

How to Get iOS 8.3 Beta 3

To install iOS 8.3 Beta 3, you need an iOS developer account, which costs $99 per year. Of course, you could register your phone with a friend’s developer account.

First off, unlike with the first iOS 8.3 beta, if you’re already running iOS 8.3 Beta 2, you can install iOS 8.3 Beta 3 via OTA.

  1. Go to the developer page and download the corresponding iOS 8.3 Beta 3 installation file for your device.
  2. First, you need to find your UDID. Plug your iPhone or iPad (We’ll say iPhone for these purposes) into a PC running iTunes. You’ll see the device’s serial number. Click it and it will turn into your UDID.
  3. While you’re in iTunes, click “Back Up Now”. You’re flashing a whole new OS on your iPhone, so you’re going to want to restore your stuff from a backup.
  4. Next, go to your developer page. Go to “Certificates, Identifiers, and Profiles” and then go to “Devices”. Add your UDID, or email it to your friend with the developer account.
  5. By now, the installation file just might be done downloading. Plug your iPhone into a PC running iTunes. While holding Option on a Mac or Shift on a Windows PC, click “Restore iPhone”.
  6. Navigate to the file you downloaded and click ok.
  7. Once you’re done installing, iTunes will ask you if you want to restore from a backup. Choose the one you created.

iOS 8.3 Beta 3 Release Notes


iOS SDK 8.3 provides support for developing iOS apps. The SDK is packaged with a complete set of tools, compilers, and frameworks for creating apps for iOS and OS X. The tools include the Xcode IDE and the Instruments analysis tool, among many others.

With this software, you can develop apps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8. It now includes WatchKit, a framework for developing Apple Watch apps. You can test your apps using the included iOS Simulator.

iOS SDK 8.3 is included in Xcode 6.3, which requires a Mac computer running OS X v10.10 (Yosemite) or later.

This version of iOS is intended for installation only on devices registered with the Apple Developer Program. Attempting to install this version of iOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state.

For more information and additional support resources, visit

Bug Reporting

For issues not mentioned in the Notes and Known Issues section, please file bugs through the Apple Developer website ( Additionally, you may discuss these issues and iOS SDK 8.3 in the Apple Developer Forums: To get more information about iCloud for Developers, go to

Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 8.3 to develop code.

App Extensions


  • App extensions need an arm64 slice to run on 64-bit devices. If you try to run the armv7 slice on a 64-bit device it won’t work.

  • Apps need to have an arm64 slice if the bundle contains a framework that both the app and the app extension link against.


Fixed in Beta 2

The dialog that appears when connecting an iPhone to a CarPlay-compatible car is not functional.


Known Issue

Creating an animated image using the UIImage method animatedImageWithImages:duration: and then playing the animation using startAnimating ignores the duration and plays back as fast as possible.

Workaround: Use startAnimatingWithImagesInRange:duration:repeatCount: instead.

LTE Voice

Known Issue

LTE Voice does not work properly with Verizon.

Workaround: If you are using Verizon, please set LTE to Data Only for this seed.

About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.