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Apple releases iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite Beta 3 to developers

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Tue Jul 08 2014, 14:02
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APPLE HAS RELEASED iOS 8 Beta 3 and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 3 to developers.

iOS 8 Beta 3 brings with it a handful of new features ahead of its general release this autumn, likely along with the iPhone 6. Chief among these is a prompt to upgrade from iCloud Documents to iCloud Drive, a feature that Apple unveiled at WWDC allowing users to store any type of file in the cloud. At present, however, developers should note that iCloud Drive is not fully functional.

The latest beta also brings with it a new toggle for Handoff, a feature that enables users to transfer tasks between iOS and Mac OS X, and Apple's Quicktype keyboard is also now an option in Settings.

Beyond that there are no major changes, although 9to5Mac has noted that the iOS beta includes new wallpapers, user interface tweaks to weather and notifications centre apps, and the option to keep images and videos sent and received in Messages. There's a new option to opt into App Analytics, meaning that users can choose share crash data with app developers along with statistics about how apps are used.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 3 also brings several minor tweaks and changes, with the most notable being that Dark Mode has now been enabled.

Beyond that, developers likely will find mainly user interface tweaks, with Mac OS X Yosemite Beta 3 boasting font changes to notifications and Safari, redesigned icons in Mail and a new Quicktime icon. Developers have also noticed that Facetime Audio and Video are separated in the latest release.

Developers can download iOS 8 Beta 3 via Software Update on the iPhone, while the latest Yosemite Beta 3 is available for download from the Mac App Store. µ

 

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