iOS 8.3 beta 4 versus 8.2.1 update for issues

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 24, 2015

Two weeks ago today, we touched on the need for another iOS 8.3 beta to fix problems seen after the iOS 8.2 update released to public. Just two days after that article, we saw the iOS 8.3 beta 3 go live for developers to download, so there’s hope that beta 4 will go live in another two days on March 26.

This wouldn’t be to everyone’s liking though and this is due to problems with iOS 8.2 still being reported to Product Reviews, so these Apple users would like to see either the iOS 8.2.1 update arrive or the major iOS 8.3 version release to public sooner.


Common problems reported in iOS 8.2 – Our previous article has a number of comments left by some frustrated iPad and iPhone users. Many of their issues could already be fixed before any iOS 8.3 beta 4 is offered to developers, and this is another reason some want to see the major version arrive instead of 8.2.1. If any of the current problems are receiving large scale complaints, then Apple could choose to include certain fixes in 8.2.1 with a quick fix.

We have seen Product Reviews readers complaining here about iPhone 6 screens freezing more since the iOS 8.2 update, iPhone 5C experiencing network service issues since the 8.2 install, camera roll showing black for iPad and iPhone 6 Plus users, iPod touch 5 WiFi issues, and a lot more.

It’s not all bad, some users like those with an iPad 3rd generation are reporting better battery life. The two most common complaints seems to be in regard to network and camera issues, which could be related to a setting change or something else rather than the new software itself. On occasion, a soft reset or reinstall needs to take place when certain problems occur to fix them.

Would you rather Apple focus on getting the iOS 8.2.1 update released to public, instead of iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers? Or, would you rather see all efforts put towards the next major version? Chances are, we will be seeing iOS 8.2.1 next considering a major update has only just released to public.

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  • Shay

    For the love of all things holy, an 8.2.1 update tomorrow would save me from throwing my phone off the nearest bridge.
    My messages app has been freezing ever since I upgraded. I can’t delete convos or force close the app. If I do, texts and calls are no longer received. At all. I have to restart my phone for it to work. I am hoping for an update asap…. Orrrrr Id be willing to beta the 8.3 if it were to be “available” to me somehow. So desperate.

    • Gary Brooks

      you can access the beta if you want…message me

      • Shay

        Thanks Gary, I did a complete factory reset and rebuilt my phone using icloud photo library and iexplorer to back up contacts and app data. So far so good! I will keep this in mind though, if things start to act up again.