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Apple pushes iOS 8 beta 4 to developers' iPhones and iPads

Brings its Tips app, improved dictation
Tue Jul 22 2014, 10:03

iOS 8 frontAPPLE HAS RELEASED iOS 8 beta 4 to developers ahead of the mobile operating system's likely release to all in September.

iOS 8 beta 4 is available for developers to download on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch now, and brings with it a handful of new features.

Perhaps the most notable is a new Tips app, which probably won't be of very much use to developers, as it offers bite-sized tutorials on how to use some of the features of iOS, such as "how to send a spoken message" and "how to respond to notifications".

Apple has also launched a Tips website in beta, so these tutorials can also be accessed from a Mac OS X web browser.

As pointed out by Cultofmac, iOS 8 beta 4 also introduces a slider to toggle on/off bold text, which the website noted requires a restart each time it is toggled.

Live text dictation is also included in the release, which means that as you're barking at your iPhone, you will see each word appear almost immediately. The feature still doesn't work offline though, despite being available in Apple's Mac OS X desktop software.

Beyond that, developers won't find much in the latest release, although Apple has tweaked the design of Control Center, added new swipe gestures in the Mail application and slower animations across the operating system.

iOS 8 likely will debut alongside the iPhone 6 when it launches this autumn, although Apple has yet to announce availability details. µ

 

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