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Apple releases new iOS 8.3 betas for both developer and public testing

The fourth beta of iOS 8.3 was issued to developers on Tuesday, while members of the public iOS beta program were given their second build of the forthcoming software update.




iOS 8.3 beta 4 is now available for developers to download, along with Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2. Beta 4 is identified as build 12F61, while the new Xcode is 6D554n.

Release notes accompanying the fourth beta indicate that the same known issues persist from the last build. Those include issues with outgoing call audio and FaceTime Audio, and problems with Spotlight and third-party keyboards, among others.

Also on Tuesday, members of the iOS public beta program were supplied their second build of iOS 8.3. The program launched earlier this month, marking the first time ever that non-developers are allowed to test upcoming builds of iOS.

The current public, non-beta release of iOS is version 8.2, which brought the official Apple Watch app ahead of the device's April 24 launch. It's expected that iOS 8.3 will also launch publicly before the Apple Watch becomes available.

Among the new features found in iOS 8.3 are emoji diversity options, allowing users to select new skin colors for characters. iOS 8.3 also adds support for Siri in New Zealand English, Indian English, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Thai, and Turkish.