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iOS 8.3 Release Notes [New Features and Options You Get]

It has happened! Hooray! Apple has finally unveiled its new firmware and you are welcome to take a look at the final iOS 8.3 release notes that mention what bugs are fixed, what features are added and how this operating system has improved for iDevice users.

There are many changes you should pay attention to before you decide to update and use our iOS 8.3 install instruction for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 5G. This upgrade is the big one. Unlike iOS 8.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3 and 8.2 which were minor updates, this one brings some new features and enhances the system for mobile gadgets.

iOS 8.3 Feature List and Improvements

*Apple worked to improve performance for a number of applications which include Safari, WiFi connection, Messages app, application launch, shortcuts for keyboard, Control Center.

*The company has fixed WiFi connection / network and Bluetooth support and now you should have no issues with audio playback, talking on the phone hands-free. You should have no sudden disconnections etc.

*Messages have been improved and you get the option to filter them out, report junk messages right from the app, easily delete or forward messages and not experience group messages splitting.

*Apple worked on Family Sharing option and fixed the bugs that didn’t let family members to launch / update / download some applications.

*Landscape / portrait rotation is fixed and you can rotate from one to the other without issues no matter what you are doing.

*Enjoy CarPlay as this option gets a lot of fixes to UI, Maps and keyboard.

*There are enhancements in Accessibility mode and Enterprise.

*Apple brought over 300 new Emoji characters, changed its keyboard design.

*The company optimized iCloud Photo Library to support Photos program that is added to OS X 10.10.3 that was released along with iOS 8.3.

You can download the new firmware yourself by using our iOS 8.3 direct links and enjoy all the new improvements. We hope these release notes have helped you out a bit.


How to Make All iPhone Words in Capitals [iOS 8 Tips]

Is it possible to keep iPhone in all caps? Yes, everything is possible [for example, there are some cool keyboard shortcuts for iTunes] and you can use iOS 8 tricks to make all iPhone words in capitals. Why would you want it? Users who like to text a lot and wish to emphasize their message can create sentences in all caps using a single tap of a finger. This trick helps you when you have typed the message already and don’t want to re-type it again.

iOS 8 makes iPhone capitalize word option available when you normally double click on the Shift key on the virtual keyboard [this shouldn’t change in the upcoming iOS 8.3 public version]. There is a hidden feature you can use instead. It is simpler and faster to apply then re-typing or deleting anything.

How to Change iPhone All Caps Texting with a Click

Step 1. Once again you won’t delete anything. There is no need to re-type what you have already written. At the same time, you can make all the words in your message in capitals. You can use this guide for different applications, including iOS 8 Messages, Pages and Notes.

Step 2. To begin, you have to highlight the sentence or word you wish to capitalize.

Step 3. With a word / phrase being highlighted you should click-hold inside the word and click Select.

Step 4. Now with the word being highlighted and selected you have to click twice on your Shift turning it into your Caps Lock option.

Keep iOS 8 iPhone All in Caps

Step 5. The word will change into all caps style.

Step 6. It is needed to make your QuickType option visible. Click on the QuickType menu and your lowercase word will be all capitalized.

Step 7. You can repeat with with as many words as you want to change your sentences into all caps on iOS 8 iPhone or iPad.

This trick is tricky and it doesn’t work with all words. Besides, you have to add the words you wish to capitalize to your iOS 8 dictionary.


How to Update to iOS 8.3 Manually and via OTA, iTunes

Now, after Apple has released its new big update for mobile iDevices you might like to use a detailed iOS 8.3 installation guide. It is possible to upgrade in several ways. Firstly, you can try the direct update via OTA. Secondly, you can ask iTunes to download this new firmware and install it. Thirdly, you can use iOS 8.3 direct download links and install this operating system manually.

We’ll describe all three methods and you can choose which one you’ll follow to complete iOS 8.3 install procedure. Everything is simple and pretty fast. There are a lot of new features iOS 8.3 brings on your gadget so it can be worth upgrading. At the same time you cannot jailbreak this version yet because the Cupertino company killed the exploits used in tools that support jailbreaking on iOS 8-8.1.2.

iOS 8.3 Install via OTA Update

Step 1. Make sure that your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supports iOS 8.3. This firmware works on the same models as iOS 8 which includes iPod touch fifth gen, iPhone 4S and up, iPad 2 and up versions of ‘fruit’ devices.

Step 2. Create a backup copy of the iGadget using iTunes or iCloud.

Step 3. Over-the-air update is wireless way to install Apple firmwares. Since it needs battery power you should better plug in before you start.

Step 4. Connect to WiFi because cellular connection can be too expensive for this update.

Step 5. Launch Settings on your iPhone or other device.

Step 6. Go to Software Update.

Step 7. If the update is available you’ll be informed. Agree to download [the file’s size is over 290 MB for 6 Plus version] and install it.

Note that Apple servers might be busy because of the high number of loads. If it happens you might like to update manually.

How to Update to iOS 8.3 Manually Through Links or Only iTunes

Step 1. Update iTunes to the most recent version and connect the smartphone or tablet to your computer through USB.

Step 2. Select your gadget in top menu of iTunes.

Step 3. Click on Check for Update without clicking on anything else and if the iOS 8.3 file is available it will be downloaded automatically with further update option you should use.

Step 4. If there is no firmware update file in previous step you can download iOS 8.3 through direct links [be attentive when choosing your iDevice model and version]. Once the file is downloaded on your computer you’ll have to update manually through iTunes. You should press-hold Shift on Windows or Option on Mac while clicking on Check for Update option. Select the iOS 8.3 ipsw file you have downloaded through direct links and click on Update to install this firmware.

The new operating system will welcome you with Hello screen. You can use your device now by following the guide you’ll see on your display.


iOS 8.3 Direct Download Links for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple has officially presented the public version of iOS 8.3 allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to use iOS 8.3 download link for their particular device and install iOS 8.3 on their model. The upgrade has been long-awaited. We shared our expectations in iOS 8.3 what’s new post and you can see yourself what is real and what is not after you upgrade.

Just like any other mobile firmware offered by Apple, iOS 8.3 is free to download, install and use on your iPod touch 5G, iPad 2 and newer version and iPhone 4S, 5, 5c, 5S and the most recent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The update you can get yourself comes with more Siri language support, new Emoji keyboard, fixes to previous problems, Wireless CarPlay and other great features.

iOS 8.3 Direct Download Links

If you have iPhone 4S-6Plus you can download iOS 8.3 right now:

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 5c (CDMA)

iPhone 5c (GSM)

iPhone 5s (CDMA)

iPhone 5s (GSM)

iPhone 5 (CDMA)

iPhone 5 (GSM)

iPhone 4s

If you own iPad, iPad mini or iPad Air that supports iOS 8.3 update you can download this firmware right away:

iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3 gen)

iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)

iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)

iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)

iPad 2 Wi-Fi

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)

iPad Air 2 (6 gen WiFi)

iPad Air 2 (6 gen Cellular)

iPad Air (5 gen WiFi + Cellular)

iPad Air (5 gen WiFi)

iPad Air (5 gen CDMA)

iPad (4 gen CDMA)

iPad (4 gen GSM)

iPad (4 gen WiFi)

iPad mini 3 (China)

iPad mini 3 (WiFi)

iPad mini 3 (Cellular)

iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular)

iPad mini 2 (WiFi)

iPad mini 2 (CDMA)

iPad mini (CDMA)

iPad mini (GSM)

iPad mini (WiFi)

If you own iPod touch 5G you can install iOS 8.3 through this link:

iPod touch (5 gen)

Please note that iOS 8.3 download link you’ll use will make you non-jailbreakable. If you care about staying jailbroken you should stay away from this upgrade as it patches the exploits used by TaiG and PP Jailbreak.

You can update via OTA or through iTunes.


Windows 95 / 98 Installation Guide on Jailbroken iPhone and iPad

Do you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad [you can use iOS 8-8.1 jailbreak instructions for iDevices]? If you are a fan of jailbreaking tips and tricks you can learn how to install Windows on iPhone or other iDevice. This instruction is fun and can surprise your friends or let you enjoy playing some retro games that are not available in the App Store.

The instruction is tricky but you can use it to install Windows 95 on iPad or Windows 98 on iPhone. By the way, Nintendo promises to bring Mario and other characters to iOS platform sometime in 2015.

Windows Installation on iPad / iPhone Guide

Step 1. It is important to install two tweaks. One is called iFunBox and the second one is Winlmage [you can Google and find both tools with ease].

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 1

Step 2. Go through the installation for both programs you have downloaded in the step above. It takes a while so please be patient.

Step 3. If you wish to install Windows 95 you’ll need to get Pack Windows 95 and for 98 you’ll need Pack Windows 98. Both are available in English. Remember to unzip the file you get and install it.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 3

Step 4. Use Winlmage to open c.img file. You’ll have to find ISO images of the games you wish to play on your Windows iPhone later on and add them. You can use the ISO for Fallout 2 or any other PC game you want to bring to your iDevice.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 4

Step 5. Once done you can close Winlmage program.

Step 6. Take your iPhone and connect it to your computer via a USB cable. Launch iFunBox tool.

Step 7. The files you have created in Step 4 have to be added in this folder: /User/Documents/ so please do so.

Step 8. Disconnect the iDevice.

Step 9. Open iFile to change files c.img, dospad.cfg and w95.bat. You have to change Group Permissions to Write and Read [checkmark the Write here as Read is already checked] and World Permissions to Write and Read as well.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 9

Step 10. Take your iPhone and launch Cydia store. Add a new repo source and search for DOSPAD. Download and install this tweak.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 10

Step 11. Launch DOSPAD. Use your virtual keyboard. You should type w95 and click on Enter.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 11

Step 12. You should now see Windows95 on your iPhone or iPad.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 12

Step 13. Once you install Windows on iPhone / iPad you can use ISO files of the games to set them up. You might need to agree to install DirectX to run the games.

Windows 95 Installation on iPad Step 13

Note that each time you’ll reboot you will have to type w95 in DOSPAD to run Windows. If you are interested in Mario games you should know that devs can play Super Mario on iOS 8 iPhone 6 but they sadly don’t share the instruction how they managed everything and say they have no plans to bring this opportunity to public.


How Can I Copy Photos from iPhone without My Laptop?

You can’t have your computer or laptop anywhere you go. Sometimes you take a trip and you have only your smartphone with you. Is there a way how to copy photos from iPhone without a computer? There are a lot of different solutions you can find [we have already explained to you how to delete iPhone backups from iCloud]. This time we’ll talk about a thumb drive that can do lots of tricks.

This is a short guide for users who want to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone without computer. You might have internet connection or might have no network at all. Having a small thumb drive in your pocket can save your nerves and easily store your images taken with your smartphone.

How to Download iPhone Photos to External Hard Drive

Step 1. This is not exactly the hard drive you might think of. There are small thumb drives that don’t take much space and are compatible with Apple device. Such gadgets cost about $50-$80 for 16GB or 32GB storage capacity. They have a USB and Lightning connector ends that make it possible to connect to your smartphone and later to your computer. Get one if you are going into a trip where you won’t have a laptop, Mac or PC and you’ll have extra space for images. 16GB drive can store over 6,000 photographs so this should be enough for most users.

Step 2. Connect the drive to your iPhone.

Step 3. The device will ask you if you want to copy photographs [there might be a couple of promts] and your images located in Camera Roll will be transferred to the external drive. This procedure might last for a while [by the way, you might want to learn how to recover lost photos on iPhone and this is also easy when you know which tools to use].

Step 4. Keep the extra photos on the drive and when you get back home you can plug your thumb drive to your computer through the USB port and copy photos from it to your PC or Mac.

Everything is simple, isn’t it?


iOS 8.3 Spam Report Becomes Automatic on iPhone and iPad

You know that developers and public testers continue looking inside the new iOS 8.3 beta seeded by Apple. This is a long process of testing, finding and reporting bugs that the Cupertino-based company will most likely fix in the next update. The latest discovery shows the new iOS 8.3 spam report feature that becomes automatic in this firmware beta version.

The long iOS 8.3 feature list promises a lot of interesting changes in the future. We might see the public release in a week or couple of weeks from now. Apple will most likely present it before April 24 as this is the date when its Watch is officially launched.

There was iOS 8 spam filter but if it makes reporting automatic users will save much time on going through their messages. Everything will be quick and very simple.

iOS 8.3 beta Messages now show a special link titled Report Junk. It appears in your conversations if the person who sends you messages is not present in your contact list. Click on this option and the message will be deleted while Apple will get the report about spam.

Do you find this feature useful? Will it be fun to report spam in iOS 8.3 so easy? In the current iOS 8.2 and earlier firmwares you have to block numbers and emails manually. Then you should visit Apple site and report spam. The company asks users to mention date / time of the message and include a screenshot with a proof. The process is so complicated that most iPhone users decide to simply delete or block the spammer’s phone number or email address.

iOS 8.3 can help users. It currently misses some old options you are used to [for example, there is no sharing option in Twitter update] but the betas seeded are not the final version we’ll soon see. Right?


How to Delete Credit Card from Apple Pay [with or without iPhone 6]

We all know how easy it is to add a new credit card to your Apple Pay service. This is extremely simply. How simple is it to remove credit card from Apple Pay? This is the first question a user asks when he or she wants to switch the cards, plans to delete an expired debit or credit card, reads about Apple Pay fraud transactions or just wants to remove all cards because the iPhone was stolen or lost.

Follow this Apple Pay remove credit card instruction and you’ll learn how you can quickly and painlessly delete the cards from your account. It is designed to help iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus owners as earlier smartphone model holders unfortunately can’t use the service.

How to Remove Card from Apple Pay without iPhone

Step 1. You need a computer and internet connection.

Step 2. Go to site and sing in to your account.

iCloud to Remove Credit Card from Apple Pay

Step 3. Find Settings menu and inside you will see Apple items. They can be found right under My Devices menu.

Step 4. You will see a little icon that says Apple Pay next to the gadgets for which you have enabled this service.

Step 5. When you choose any of the devices that support Apple Pay you will find a list of your credit / debit cards. To delete the cards simply click on Remove All. This will remove all the cards on the iDevice.

Step 6. Repeat the previous step for all iPhones you need.

How to Delete Credit Card from Apple Pay with iPhone

Step 1. Take your smartphone and launch Settings application.

Step 2. Head over to Passbook & Apply Pay.

Apple Pay Remove Card How to

Step 3. Choose the credit / debit card you want to remove and confirm your decision by pressing on Remove Card.

Apple Pay Remove Credit Card Guide

Step 4. Repeat this guide for every iDevice on which you have added this card.


iPhone Touch ID Scanner Security Doubts: How Safe and Secure Is It?

Are you satisfied with your iPhone Touch ID scanner security? How can you be sure that no hacker accesses your personal information by using various methods that allow bypassing lockscreen? These questions arise in every Apple customer’s mind once in a while. Hackers also add their doubts assuring that this is not the type of security you can rely on completely.

How secure is iPhone fingerprint scanner? Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club also known as CCC shared some thoughts on this important topic. CCC know about security more than anyone can imagine because they have already hacked Apple’s Touch ID scanner and know for sure that it is possible to bypass this security option using an image of a fingerprint.

CCC is the biggest hacker association in Europe. They have proved that if you have a public photograph of a fingerprint of a person whose iPhone you can get in hands, you can also create a fake fingerprint and access this smartphone with ease.

Of course, chances that a hacker will get your iPhone and find a photograph of your fingerprint are low. Such method can work with famous people, celebs and politicians. For ordinary customers, there are other tools hackers can use. We’ve mentioned different black box tools that can use brute-force method to guess your passcode and bypass the scanner security by entering your real passcode. This is also the reality and Apple cannot deny that it is truly possible to hack its Touch ID security in multiple ways.

Even modern biometric security cannot be the one reliable tool that protects your iPhone or other smartphone from intruders. The companies have to think of other security methods as well. What do you think about this? Are you still sure that your Touch ID scanner is secured enough for you not to worry about anything?


How to Block Ads on iOS 8 on the iPhone or iPad Without Jailbreak

A lot of iOS 8 apps have plenty of ads you might want to get rid of [just like you might wish to block unwanted calls on the iDevice]. Is there a way how to block ads in iOS apps? Are there free methods that allow users to block ads on iPhone Safari for making web search easier and more comfortable? There is no need to jailbreak your iDevice if you want to block ads these days.

Different programs, including YouTube, Pandora, Safari browser and a lot of others have one thing in common. Advertisements are everything you see inside and this might make you want to delete the applications unless you know how to block all these ads.

There are special ad blockers you can download for free to use them on your iPhone. Some of them don’t guarantee the perfect result while others are pretty useful and come handy.

How to Block Ads on iOS 8 iPhone

Method 1. Use AdBlock Browser

There is a free iOS 8 AdBlock Browser you can download from iTunes. The main lack it has are numerous crashes users report. This is no-cost app so you can give it a try, but don’t expect that Safari will stop showing all the ads at once.

How to Block Ads on iOS 8 iPhone Safari

Method 2. Customize Your iOS 8 Handset

You can launch Settings and add some changes to it. Firstly, you have to turn of WiFi button in this app. It will block some ads in web browsers you are using. Secondly, you can disable WiFi. Thirdly, you can turn off mobile data.

What does this free method offer you? You simply restrict data you get through email, text messages, web browsers and WiFi.

What else can you do to block ads on iPhone running iOS 8, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3 or 8.2 firmware? Launch iOS Control Center by swiping up on the display and choose Airplane mode which you should enable. Remember that this way you can’t call anyone and no one can call you but there will be no ads on the gadget.

You get way more possibilities and opportunities after you jailbreak. Cydia has tons of iOS 8 tweaks that work well for ad blocking in browsers and apps.