Apple pushes out iOS 8.3 beta with support for wireless CarPlay

Apple pushes out iOS 8.3 beta with support for wireless CarPlay
Apple surprisingly released the first beta version of iOS 8.3 on Monday. This is an unusual move for the company considering that iOS 8.2 is on beta five and has not yet been disseminated to consumers. The big change coming with iOS 8.3 appears to be support for wireless CarPlay. Right now, CarPlay works through the use of wires. A wireless version would most likely use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

Listed under Settings in the General category, wireless CarPlay pairs your phone with your car. The process starts with a long press of the voice control button in the automobile. Once everything has been set up, starting up your car will automatically connect it with your CarPlay enabled handset.

Other changes include a re-designed emoji keyboard, allowing you to scroll through all of your options. And iOS 8.3 beta will help developers work with the new changes to Apple's Swift programming language. Lastly, the iOS 8.3 beta adds Google's 2-Step Verification to open Google related apps such as Gmail and Google's iOS calendar app to name a couple.

source: TechCrunch



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, and 8.2 isn't even released. Nice, another update for my 4 years old 4S.

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple never stops working hard. These guys are true professionals.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's on and poppin in Cupertino.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Not to mention iOS 8.4 is in the pipeline with beats music launch.

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I hope they also revamp iTunes, it's the only thing that I dislike about using Apple products.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Have you tried new iTunes version 12.x? At first I was disappointed that they changed it, but it's completely different now. I do like it much better now. It's a little more "divided" as far as UI goes (that's the best way I can explain it. iTunes is one of the reasons I don't like android - it's like a supporting app for your iDevices on your PC. The whole concept of setting up playlists and sync with every device u have makes more fluid experience especially if u got PC/Apple combo (There's also iCloud control center - which is for your iCloud).

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I agree completely, I cannot imagine using a smartphone without proper media manager on PC. For Android I'd use Musicbee, but sync with Androids doesn't always work. iTunes has a lot of cons but It makes using iPhone as media player a breeze. And if you don't like it, just jailbreak and get penTunes, costs 3.99$ but It makes iOS devices finally work in flash drive mode.

7. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Don't even need to use iTunes. Everytime someone says this it lets me know you haven't touched an Apple device in 3 years.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

That is so true. I can buy a new iPhone use it fully for 2 years and sell it and not have iTunes installed on my PC. iTunes as a necessity is something the haters point out to make some half assed point - which is moot regardless.

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