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iOS 8 beta 5 changes include SMS Relay support, several Health tweaks

updated 04:47 pm EDT, Mon August 4, 2014

Many changes simply UI refinements

Users are beginning to discover some of the changes in iOS 8 beta 5, which was released earlier today. Many of these appear to affect the Health app. On top of supporting spirometry data, there are for example several new icons, and users can now export the app's information. Privacy settings for the app have appeared within Settings.

Elsewhere iOS is now displaying a pop-up asking for a phone number for SMS Relay. The feature is a part of Continuity, the technology which allows some apps and services to cross over between iOS and OS X.

The Photos app has been improved with a "Last Updated" notification for iCloud sync, and an option to keep full-resolution images in iCloud and smaller files locally. Wi-Fi calling is explicitly identified in the top status bar, and iOS' native keyboard has gained a quick toggle for predictive text.

More changes may be discovered in the next few days. The final version of iOS 8 is due this fall.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Kees

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    Joined: 09-15-01

    "an option to keep full-resolution images in iCloud and smaller files locally"
    That's awesome. My 16GB iPhone 5 can use the extra space, and I only use the full res versions on my Macs anyway. I assume this also applies to photos you take with the iPhone's camera? (sending the full res to iCloud while leaving only a low res for phone viewing?)

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