Apple has released version 8.3 of iOS mobile software update, which brings some great features like racially diverse Emojis, Siri inclusions, CarPlay support that too expanded additional countries and iOS 8’s Wi-Fi calling feature for two new carriers: Sprint in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom.
You can now download iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices directly or over-the-air (OTA). WiFi calling is a feature that was first introduced in iOS 8, letting users make phone calls using wireless connection of a cellular network when connected to a WiFi network. T-mobile has thus far been allowing that, and the only carrier to support Wi-Fi calling in the U.S. until today.
Following the iOS 8.3 update, Sprint users can toggle on Wi-Fi calling in the “iPhone” section of the Settings app, which will eventually let users make calls over Wi-Fi when a wifi network is available. Just by joining it and entering a password, WiFi calling can be useful when ceccular signal is low, and calls also have improved sound over Wi-Fi.
Here’s how to install iOS 8.3 update and download the Carrier version 19.1
According to the Sprint’s official website, says that the carrier update can only be triggered by going to Settings -> General -> About after installing iOS 8.3, but the company’s announcements suggests it may take a few days to roll out for everyone. Don’t mind!
Enabling Wi-Fi calling for the EE subscribers in the United Kingdom goes the similar way, as per EE users, only need to update to iOS 8.3 and then enable WiFi calling in the Settings app, after which the feature will be activated in a few hours.
Note: EE is however limiting the number of iPhones able to register for WiFi calling to 100,000 per day, and if you are in luck, you are in within 24 hors and not may be a waiting period for some users.
WiFi calling is available for iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus users with Sprint and EE service.
Ok, this was all about iOS 8.3’s WiFi calling features, and now, we will be talking about the other best features that the software update gets, brings to the table.
Apple had already updated its iOS 8.3 Feature Availability page to note that support for Siri certain features and CarPlay has also been expanded to new regions.
First about the CarPlay functionality: this is now accessible in Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Turkey. In addition to Australia, Canad, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Different country regions have achieved new Siri features like Sports scores, Twitter integration, and Shazam, followed by the list below:
Sports – India, New Zealand
Twitter integration – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Facebook integration – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Local Search – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Directions – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Shazam – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Additionally, the iOS 8.3 update also brings with it all new changes to CarPlay and Siri, adding wireless CarPlay support to alleviate the requirement for the Lightning cable with some CarPlay installations, and added new Siri languages to the tow.