Apple kicked off its iOS public beta testing program on Thursday, with the public beta release of iOS 8.3. The iOS beta version is the same one seeded to developers just a few hours earlier.
The launch of today’s iOS public beta was accompanied by a change in the language on Apple’s Appleseed Beta testing site, which previously focused on OS X. The new site gives equal emphasis to both iOS and OS X testing.
iOS 8.3 brings a new emoji picker, along with more diverse emoji, and skin tone modifiers. Also new is wireless CarPlay connectivity, support for Google’s two-step verification, and several new languages for Siri.
Apple initiated its public beta testing program with the debut of OS X Yosemite. Over one million users signed up to participate in the Yosemite beta. Today’s launch is the first time Apple has expanded its public beta testing to cover iOS.
Apple will also offer a similar public beta for iOS 9 later this year.