Following the release of iOS 8.3 beta 2 today, plenty of attention has turned to working out what differentiates this release from the first one. Beyond the usual bug fixes, a new set of emoji characters, and re-jigging of how everything hangs together deep inside iOS, one new feature has already gotten the attention of Siri users around the globe.
Strictly speaking it’s not a new feature but rather the expansion of an existing one, with Siri now able to speak a whole host of new languages following the release of the second iOS 8.3 beta.
According to reports, Siri can now speak Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Thai, Swedish and finally Turkish. The new additions work in all the places you would expect Siri to work and the languages can be accessed via the Siri settings option on compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
Scheduled to arrive later this year and with a possible public beta arriving as soon as next month, the iOS 8.3 release is already in the works even though iOS 8.2 hasn’t made its own way out of beta yet. The decision to release multiple beta versions of iOS to developers and carriers is a rare one, and with iOS 8.4 said to incorporate support for some sort of music streaming service later in 2015 it would seem that we could be in for quite the ride during the next few months.
Also included in this release of iOS 8.3 are fixes that seem to now prevent some apps from crashing on launch as they did with beta 1. One notable example is podcast client Overcast, with its developer claiming that a change in the way iOS 8.3 handles tables being the reason for the restored stability of Overcast.
Welcome to the world of iOS betas, folks. What could possible go wrong by offering a public beta program of something that stops apps from working in their tracks?
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