iOS 8 Beta 5: Here’s what’s new

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Apple seeded beta 5 of iOS 8 earlier today to registered developers of its iOS developer program. Apple unveiled iOS 8 last month with a number of new features like Handoff, custom keyboards, widgets, interactive notifications etc.

There are several changes in iOS 8 beta 5, but nothing noteworthy has been discovered so far.

HealthKit: Apple has added Spirometry data types in HealthKit.

iCloud: Icons for iCloud Drive, Keychain and Backup in the iCloud section of the Settings app have a new look.


SMS Relay: Your iPhone now prompts you when an iPad or Mac tries to access your device’s SMSes. The feature called SMS Relay is a part of Apple’s new Continuity features that let iPads and Macs make phone calls and send text messages.

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Health app: The Health app received a number of changes in beta 5:

  • New icon for Body data
  • New option to Export Health data
  • Option to show Medical ID on Emergency Lock screen (via 9to5Mac)
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iCloud Photos: New option to download and keep originals under iCloud Photo Storage. The other option, Optimize iPhone Storage keeps lower resolution copies of photos on device, and stores original high-res photos in iCloud.


Keyboard: The QuickType button from iOS 8 beta 3 has become an actual toggle, with its name changed to “Predictive”. You can access it by pressing and holding the globe key in the keyboard.


Wi-Fi Calling: iOS 8 adds Wi-Fi calling on supported carriers. iOS 8 beta 5 tells you if you’re on a supported carrier with an updated label, which in case of T-Mobile’s network says “T-Mobile Wi-Fi”. (via MacRumors forums)

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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 [email protected] or post them in the comments below.

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