Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Beta to Developers

Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Beta to Developers

Today, Apple seeded iOS 9.3 beta to developers. This is a pretty big update. Even if Apple hadn’t announced all of the new features, it comes alongside Mac OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan beta, watchOS 2.2 beta, and tvOS 9.2 beta, so it’s kind of a big deal.

iOS 9.3 includes a new night mode that will help you get a good night sleep, TouchID support for Notes, Health improvements, News improvements, Carplay improvements, and more! It’s a big deal.

Check out Apple’s list here.

Apple also included a new way to update with the developer betas which is more similar to the way the public beta works. Simply download the configuration file from the Apple developer center to your device, run it, and check for updates.

iOS 9.3 Beta Release Notes


iOS SDK 9.3 beta 1 provides support for developing iOS apps. It’s packaged with a complete set of Xcode tools, compilers, and frameworks for creating apps for iOS and OS X. These 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 9. You can also test your apps using the included Simulator, which supports iOS 9. iOS SDK 9.3 requires a Mac computer running OS X v10.10.3 (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 programs/ios/.

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 9.3 in the Apple Developer Forums at https:// To get more information about iCloud for Developers, go to

Autosubmission of Diagnostic and Usage Data

By default, the iOS 9.3 beta automatically sends anonymous diagnostic and usage data back to Apple. This includes information about crashes, freezes, kernel panics, and information about how you use Apple and third-party software, hardware, and services. This information is used to help Apple improve the quality and performance of its products and services. You can stop autosubmission of diagnostics and usage data by going to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics and Usage > Don’t Send.

Notes and Known Issues

Apple Watch

Known Issues

  • When paired with an iPhone running iOS 9.3, an Apple Watch running watchOS 2.1 will fail to send back Reminder responses to the phon
  • In iOS 9.3, the Apple Watch app can pair multiple watches at a time. However, all watches must be running watchOS 2.2, which is only available through the developer see
  • When updating Apple Watch during the setup process, the watch and phone may display conflicting instructions right after the update has succeeded, but before setup resumes. 
Workaround: If you see a message on iPhone saying that Apple Watch is up to date, please wait and you will eventually be prompted to continue the setup proces
  • The permission prompt does not appear for requests originated on Apple Watch. 
Workaround: Request permission on iPhone first and the permission will sync ove


Known Issues

  • Connected Bluetooth audio devices may not show up in the audio route picker.
  • Audio may not route to some connected Bluetooth devices.


Known Issue

Starting an app that uses compass data on a device that doesn’t include a motion coprocessor (that is, iPhone 5c and 5, iPad 2, iPad mini and earlier), causes locationd to crash for as long as the compass request continues. Also, Camera photos are not geotagged.

In addition to the Compass app and Compass mode in Maps, a third-party app that uses any of the following APIs also uses compass data:

  • CLHeading (Core Location framework)
  • CMDeviceMotion (Core Motion framework) when using startDeviceMotionUpdatesUsingReferenceFrame: with the following reference frames:
  • CMAttitudeReferenceFrameXArbitraryCorrectedZVertical
  • CMAttitudeReferenceFrameXMagneticNorthZVertical
  • CMAttitudeReferenceFrameXTrueNorthZVertical

Core Graphics


Additional image formats with embedded color profiles now render correctly.


Known Issue

A user updating to an iOS 9 GM build from a seed build may see duplicate dictionaries in the definition dictionary list if the user switched primary language, added secondary languages, or added new keyboards.

Workaround: To remove the duplicate dictionaries, go to the definition dictionary list, swipe the dictionary, and tap the Delete button.


Known Issue

Some parts of the Health app, including third-party app recommendations, may not yet be available in or optimized for non-English language locales.


Known Issue

If your device is unexpectedly disconnected while syncing apps from iTunes, further sync attempts will not be possible until the device is restarted.



It is now possible to switch tabs, navigate, and close a webpage while displaying a JavaScript dialog (alert, confirm, or prompt).

Known Issue

The content blocker loader XPC service may crash when no content blocker content is provided.


Known Issue

Siri in Hebrew does not support local search in this release.

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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.