It appears Apple plans to fix a long-standing keyboard issue which caused users to inadvertently tap the period key when aiming for the space bar in Safari. As noted by MacRumors, beta versions of iOS 8.3 feature a design change that should resolve the problem.
In 8.3, Apple has made the space bar longer on the keyboard that pops up when inputting text in Safari’s omnibar, and the ‘Go’ button shorter. This should make it less likely for users to encounter accidental period key presses when typing out their web searches.
The issue has been bothering users since 2013, when Apple launched iOS 7 and a radically new version of mobile Safari. While it may seem like a minor annoyance, it has spawned several complaint threads on various forums—particularly from iPhone 6 Plus users.
Apple yesterday released iOS 8.3 beta 3, which brought about the new Apple Watch app, and some improvements to Messages. We don’t know if this change will make it into the public release of iOS 8.3, and even if it does, we don’t know when it will be available.