iOS 8 Beta 2: Here’s what’s new

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Apple has just seeded beta 2 of iOS 8 to registered developers of its iOS developer program. Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this month with a number of new features like Handoff, custom keyboards, widgets, interactive notifications etc. Here’s what’s new in iOS 8 beta 2.

  • The Podcasts app is now preinstalled with iOS 8. In current builds, users who want to use the app have to download it from the App Store.
  • A new Podcasts app welcome screen detailing new features in the app:
  • Apple has fixed a huge annoyance with ads in Safari. “Safari now blocks ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction.”
  • There’s a new introduction screen for Private Browsing in Safari:
  • You can now quickly add a site to Shared Links or save a bookmark by tapping and holding on the bookmarks button.
  • Apple’s QuickType keyboard suggestions are now available on the iPad as well.
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  • iMessage Camera and Voice icons aren’t blue anymore, but grey instead.
  • There’s a new Home Data menu under Settings > Privacy that’ll list apps that access your Home Data via HomeKit.
  • There’s a new “Raise to listen” option for Messages.
  • The brightness slider in Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper works again.
  • The arrow “>” at the end of each row in the root level of the Settings app has now disappeared.
  • A new iCloud Photos welcome screen.
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  • There’s a new option to Mark all Messages as read in the Messages app. Update: Marawan points out that this was available in beta 1.
  • The Assistive Touch menu now has options for Control Center and Notification Center.
  • iBooks now combines books that are part of the same series.

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  • There’s finally a way to mute all notifications from an app with a single toggled called “Allow Notifications”. Previously, you had to switch off all types of notifications for an app to completely disable notifications.
  • iOS 8 brought a new option to view battery consumption by app. Beta 2 now also lets you see how much battery your iPhone used when there was no network coverage.
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  • The Photos app has new albums for Bursts photos and Slo-Mo videos. This way, users can easily browse through their slo-mo videos or burst photos. (Thanks Philipp and Gonçalo!)

This video shows off most of the changes discovered in iOS 8 beta 2:

We’ll keep on updating this post as we find more changes. If you find anything new that hasn’t been mentioned here then please send us an email to or post them in the comments below.