Apple seeds iOS 9.3 beta 3 with Verizon Wi-Fi Calling and more

By , Feb 8, 2016

iOS 9.3 beta 3

Apple on Monday seeded a third beta of iOS 9.3 to its developers. The software is available to members of the Apple Developer Program and can be deployed on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running a prior beta as an over-the-air download in Settings → General → Software Update.

A standalone installer should be available shortly through Apple’s portal for developers.

The new beta has a build number of 13E5200d and adds a new Wi-Fi Calling option for Verizon customers. iOS 9.3 beta 3 arrived approximately two weeks following iOS 9.3 beta 2 and a full month since the original 9.3 beta was seeded to developers. We will update the article with a running list of enhancements in the new beta as we encounter them.

What’s new in iOS 9.3 beta 3

According to the official changelog does not mention any new features in the third beta of iOS 9.3, However, Twitter users are reporting that today’s beta enables Wi-Fi Calling capability on the Verizon network while providing a carrier update for T-Mobile users to solve an issue which prevented apps from loading over a cellular connection.

For the full overview of every new feature in iOS 9.3, check out Jeff’s preview of iOS 9.3 or head over to Apple’s website.

Why you’ll love iOS 9.3

As for the prior beta, iOS 9.3 beta 2, that build has introduced additional tweaks to Night Shift mode for blue light reduction in Settings while adding a brand new Night Shift toggle to Control Center.

In addition, iOS 9.3 beta 2 has removed the useless Set Wallpaper option from the 3D Touch shortcut menu for the Settings app, introduced a new Add Playlist Songs to My Music switch in Settings → Music, added new 3D Touch shortcuts for the stock Tips app and refreshed the companion Watch app so that it shows your current watch face.

Other features and enhancements that will be enabled by iOS 9.3 include more personalized Apple News recommendations (along with faster performance, inline video and a landscape view on the iPhone), password or Touch ID protection for your notes in the Notes app, an all-new Activity section in the Health app, New/For You sections and a Nearby feature in CarPlay’s Music app and other refinements.

If you spot new features in iOS 9.3 beta 3, leave a comment below.

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  • Blip dude

    Cool, will be looking for Public Beta 3 for the next 2 days. . . possibly.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Beta 1 (1.1) had the smoothest springbeord animations and transitions among all iOS 9 versions on both my iP5 and iPad Air 2. Beta 2 has the worst! Let’s see what the 3rd beta will bring.

    • iPhoneWINS

      boredom and no jailbreak

      • Jackson Grong

        No, it’s true. Beta 1 had smooth animations for the first time since iOS 8 on the iPad Air, beta 2 is just as bad as 9.2.

      • Blip dude

        Really?? Because I am having NO issues whatsoever with Beta 2 (iPad Air 2). I am also not having any animation or transition issues on iOS 9.2 as well (iPhone 6S Plus).

      • Jackson Grong

        Yeah, no shit. The latest generation devices have no lag.

    • Satyam Panchal

      Beta 3 is more smooth then beta 1 n 2 xD I just tested

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Waiting for the public beta.

  • Shakur Ali

    Come on jailbreak

    • Cristian B

      Honestly, I think it might be evident that they’re waiting for 9.3 to officially drop. Wouldn’t make sense now since 9.3 is around the corner.

      • Carlos Medina

        and so on and so forth lol.

      • Cristian B

        Nah, this will be it I think. It’s clear that they’ve been waiting. It’s been 4 months for christ sake.

      • iPhoneWINS

        no apple releases a new IOS every 2 weeks now….hahahahhaahhah

      • Cristian B

        A new beta, for a single official iOS release.

    • John

      There’s always one, isn’t there.

  • Shakur Ali

    Thank you all Taiji please release a jail break today because it’s the Chinese New Year

    • John

      Umm, no. Chinese New Year was yesterday and NOT today but it’s good to see you’re participating.

      • MikeDeezy

        Feb 8th is Chinese New Year. That’s still today for most of the world.

      • James

        Most of the world doesn’t celebrate the Chinese New Year.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        This blog is not in Chinese.

      • John

        “Most of the world” Yeah, cute. Also, not 8 Feb in China or Hong Kong or Australia or any other country which predominately celebrates Chinese New Year.

  • There’s smoother interface on 6S with new beta I can say. Faster 3D touch

    • Tarek Al Shawi

      The 3D Touch now on 9.2.1 is hell , can’t wait for 9.3

  • David Pomerleau

    Hey I resent that. I was excited about being able to jump to changing my wallpaper from the home screen icon! Am I the only one??

  • Marc

    I agree about 3D Touch being much faster but there’s a minor glitch when unlocking the phone, sometimes the time won’t show on the home screen. At least on my end.

    • Vinnie

      Same problem here

  • TheShade247

    I bet Apple will push 9.4 Beta 1 after 9.3 official release to prevent hackers releasing jailbreak.

    • John

      How will that prevent hackers jailbreaking?

      • TheShade247

        It won’t prevent them jailbreaking, it will prevent them releasing that to the world, cause they will wait for official 9.4 release (just like they are waiting since 9.1)

      • Chris

        You’re logic is flawed, if what you say is true then no future jailbreak would ever exist.

        The jailbreak teams haven’t been waiting for a specific iOS release, they have more than likely been trying get a consistent exploit working for the masses.

      • Blip dude

        It happened last year with 8.3 — it wasn’t until a week before 8.4 that TaiG finally decided to release it. His logic is a bit flawed but what is to stop a Jailbreak getting released if Apple keeps pulling stunts like this. However, I haven’t read anywhere that a possible iOS 9.4 can be in testing.

      • iPhoneWINS

        apple is doing these consistent updates to stop jailbreaking fact

      • h4nd0fg0d

        I rlly wouldn’t give Apple that much credit. Possible assumption, but nonetheless meaningless. Fact, lmmfao and oh ya, wgaf.

      • iPhoneWINS

        Oh look i have an e-stalker….lol Dude don’t do this too yourself, its unnecessary

      • Chris

        Going by what happened last year with iOS 8 isn’t a true reflection for this year and iOS 9, more significant factors are at play including “rootless” kernel protection.

      • TheShade247

        Time will tell everything.

      • TheShade247

        Really? What you think whats wrong with 9.2.1? Why can’t they release it if they have a fully working jailbreak on it?
        Your logic is flawed too. Do some research bro.

      • h4nd0fg0d


      • Chris

        A few people having working jailbreak’s, the fact is they more than likely used a method which isn’t consistent or uses an exploit which would be illegal to distribute.

        Take a step back and look at the bigger picture, Apple designed a new security system to protect iOS – it’s obvious by now that its doing a good job otherwise a public jailbreak would have been available upon the release of 9.1 & 9.2 last year.

      • Bradley Hines

        Chris it’s *your. Don’t try and get to fancy now.

      • Chris

        SwiftKey auto-correction, gotta love it!

  • Noah P

    Just tested wifi calling on Verizon. Success!

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      • iPhoneWINS

        new they just need to cut prices…lol

      • h4nd0fg0d

        You rlly are a dim wit. Floating in a bubble of wishful fck’n thinking are we?

    • Noah P

      Initiated and received calls that went to wifi. I walked out of range from WAP and the call transitioned to LTE seamlessly. I then returned to my WAP and the call transitioned back to wifi without a hitch.

  • how stable is the beta right now?

    • Blip dude

      It’s been Stable. This has been by far one of the most Stable betas yet. I’ve had no issues and seems to run flawlessly.

      • alright then it looks i will be joining the public beta as soon as this beta goes to the public beta. if that isn’t to confusing

      • Ali Choudhry

        If you’ve used public beta’s before you can download and install the developer build.

      • Oh yeah! I completely forgot about that!

      • how is that possible??

      • ok never mind I don’t know how. I don’t have a developer account and when I sign into the developer portal with my apple id the iOS 9.3 beta isn’t available to download. I know I could just dfu then option update but to find an ipsw that i trust is hard.

      • Ali Choudhry

        Signup to the apple beta program install the profile and reboot. Update to the beta. Now if you remove the profile it should let you update to the developer beta after reboot.

      • Just tried it didn’t work. I removed the profile, rebooted and it says I’m up to date with ios9.3 and same on iTunes.

      • same here still saying software is up to date, do you reckon apple blocked it?

      • well its in the public beta now so we will never know.

  • iPhoneWINS

    IOS 3.1 iin 5…4…3…2…

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Please, just disconnect from the Internet. Spare us all.

      • iPhoneWINS

        Take you own advice.. Spare yourself… when you read a post that makes you feel this much just scroll past it..

    • Cristian B

      Honestly just stop bro.

      • iPhoneWINS

        I stopped paying attention to over emotional intern characters long ago..

    • Pulkit Maloo

      I didn’t know there was internet explorer for iOS too!!

  • Titan3636

    Some of the keys on my iPad Pro apple smart keyboard arent working now. H is one of them and space bar is missing keystrokes sometimes

  • Tommy

    iOS 15 will probably allow u to customize personalized 3D Touch settings

    • White Michael Jackson

      Too modest. iOS 30

  • Zack Morris

    Can’t believe Verizon has taken this long to release this. Crazy. Luckily The Max has great wifi.

  • Does the wifi-calling feature show up for anybody that uses the 5S?

  • Viktor_Zweig

    They should introduce password and touch ID protection for any and all apps. User should have the freedom to choose what needs extra protection.