iOS 8 will include a number of new apps like Healthbook, Preview and TextEdit, but Apple will reportedly also axe a few features from iOS, according to a new report.
9to5Mac claims that iOS 8 (and OS X) will not include the Game Center app, and the functionality would instead just live within the games that support Game Center. The Game Center app is a central destination to see the games you and your friends play, high scores for each game within and outside your social circle and manage your friend list. The app underwent a huge makeover with iOS 7, leaving behind its green felt look in favor of a flatter design.
The iOS 7 Notification Center includes three tabs, Today, All and Missed. With iOS 8, Apple is reportedly thinking of including just two tabs, Today and Notifications. The Today tab includes information like the Weather, Calendar appointments, Stocks while the All and Missed tabs include app notifications. The iOS 8 Notification Center would also include more information from your online accounts powered by Apple’s acquisition of Cue.
Apple is also considering adding inter-app communication abilities in iOS 8, a feature that has long been requested by the iOS developer community to better facilitate sharing of information between apps. 9to5Mac reports:
An API is being developed for apps to be able to share data. For example, a future photo editing application could have the ability to push the edited content for upload via the Instagram or Facebook apps. The debut of the API has been in development for the past couple of years, and it had been removed from the launch version of iOS 7 last year for unspecified reasons. With that in mind, it is plausible that Apple could, again, choose to hold back the functionality.
iOS 8 will also automatically delete message threads from a device that are more than a month or a year old. Currently, message threads stay on the device forever and the attached photos, videos occupy a lot of storage. Hopefully, these threads would still be present on iCloud servers, so that they can be retrieved if a user wants to see old messages. This auto deletion would of course be optional, so users with no concern over storage space can continue retaining all their messages locally, on their devices.
Other iOS 8 improvements include tweaks to the Voice Memos app for better usability, an updated version of CarPlay that works over WiFi, and overall improvements to speed and stability.
Apart from the changes mentioned here, iOS 8 will also include significant under-the-hood improvements to the Maps app, all-new Healthbook, Preview and TextEdit apps, and a standalone iTunes Radio app.