Apple has dropped the beta for iOS 8.3, Apple’s next big update, to developers. The preliminary update appears to include the official launch of iCloud Photo Library, support for Google accounts protected with two-step verification, and support for wireless CarPlay connections.
Users will be able to log into Google accounts more securely by offering support for two-step authentication. iCloud users already have that ability, but this will make the feature native to Google apps.
Wireless CarPlay will probably be provided through Bluetooth or possibly temporary device Wi-Fi similar to how AirDrop works.
The latest beta comes only a week after Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which means the company is really pushing to get up to speed. It is rare that two iOS updates would be in developer beta at the same time.
It is also being reported that the 8.3 beta will bring minor adjustments to the emoji keyboard, including a new emoji picker, which organizes icons into scrollable lists.
A bold new rumor also surfaced that Apple’s iOS 9 will be little more than a series of bug fixes. 9to5Mac reports that the next major update to iOS is going to include under-the-hood improvements that focus on stability and performance boosts.
There is also a likelihood that transit and indoor mapping will be included in iOS 9, which isn’t expected until later in 2015, at the earliest.