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 or post them in the comments below.

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