Apple delays introduction of SMS Continuity, iCloud Photo Library

Features relegated to October

Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master.

Photo Library lets users access photos and videos uploaded to iCloud from any device. SMS Continuity, meanwhile, lets Macs and iPads route text messages through an iPhone. Apple hasn't said why the features were pulled, but it was likely unable to finish them in time for iOS 8's September 17th debut. A firmware update will presumably be released when the technology is ready to go.


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