Refinements make iOS better, along with killer new features
Editors' note, April 14, 2015: This First Take has been updated in line with the most current software version.
8.1 gave us the long-awaited Apple Pay features for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, while 8.2 opened up core features to third party developers, letting us use custom keyboards and photography apps that had more access to the iPhone camera.
Now that iOS 8.3 is available to everyone, we're seeing fewer new features and more bug fixes to smooth out the rough edges. Still, one long-awaited feature was added that should have been there from the beginning. While a seemingly small feature, new racially diverse emojis are a welcome addition and were a pretty big miss during the last 7 years of iOS updates.
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