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Apple seeds iOS 8 beta 5 to developers' iPhones and iPads

Mobile operating system edges closer to release
Tue Aug 05 2014, 10:36
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APPLE HAS RELEASED and is seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8 to developers, as the mobile operating system edges closer to public release.

iOS 8 beta 5 is available now to developers for download over the air or from Apple's iOS Developer Center, and follows the release of the fourth beta two weeks ago.

Along with the usual slew of bug fixes and improvements, iOS 8 delivers a handful of tweaks to the iPhone and iPad.

The keyboard in iOS 8 has been refreshed with a toggle switch for predictive typing, allowing users to disable this entirely by long-pressing on the emoji icon. iCloud Photo Library also now comes with the option to store original photos in iCloud and keep "device-optimised" photos on your device.

Apple's Healthbook app set to debut in iOS 8 has also seen an update in the fifth beta, with the app now collecting spirometry data. This data relates to lung health, and likely will be useful for people with conditions such as asthma.

Other tweaks and changes include SMS relay permissions for Apple's Yosemite Handoff feature, a tweak to the iCloud icon and a redesigned Wallpaper Settings menu.

Apple also released an update to its Apple TV box on Monday, equipping it with a redesigned interface that echoes the flat design introduced in iOS 7, and a new beta release of its Mac OS X Yosemite operating system.

iOS 8 will likely debut this autumn alongside the iPhone 6, which is expected to be released in September. µ


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