Developers, testers must use beta 5 or later to continue testing new features
In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit.
Release reportedly not coming to developers
A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, reports say. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date.
Forthcoming iOS 8 upgrade with Touch ID support will be free for current owners
According to a new announcement from AgileBits, makers of the iOS and Mac password management app 1Password, the forthcoming version for iOS 8 will be a free update to existing users. In conjunction with that, and a new report that Russian hackers may -- or may not -- have collected over a billion unique email account credentials, the company has opted to put its iOS version on sale for $10, a cut of $15 from its normal $25 price. The iOS 8 update for 1Password, expected this fall, will add extensions and Touch ID support to the password manager.
Forthcoming feature will see 'more downtime' than in previous betas, but files should be retained
Apple has sent out an email to registered participants in the AppleSeed beta-testing program, most of whom are currently working with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that those who opted to engage the iCloud Drive feature may see "more downtime" than has been previously seen. Still in development, Apple's iCloud Drive is expected to be included in the formal release of Yosemite and iOS 8, and allows users to store any kind of document or image/video file, as well as enable other features.
Many changes simply UI refinements
Users are beginning to discover some of the changes in iOS 8 beta 5, which was released earlier today. Many of these appear to affect the Health app. On top of supporting spirometry data, there are for example several new icons, and users can now export the app's information. Privacy settings for the app have appeared within Settings.
Apple TV, OS X Server, Configurator get matching updates
Apple is now seeding its fifth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and Xcode to developers, as well as a preview of OS X Server 4.0, and fourth betas of new Apple TV firmware and Configurator 1.7. Relatively little is known about their content so far, although notes for the iOS 8 beta add that "spirometry data types are now available in HealthKit;" spirometry is the measurement of lung capacity. Xcode has received Swift-related improvements involving ranges and easier scripting.
Password vault app could work with third-party apps, merchants
AgileBits, makers of the security and password vault 1Password, are among the first to implement and preview an iOS 8 extension and third-party Touch ID support, allowing other app makers to utilize the program's stored passwords outside of the 1Password app itself. Apple announced the concept of iOS extensions at June's Worldwide Developer Conference, which enables one app to use tools or services found in a different app in a secure manner.
App to be discontinued
Beginning with iOS 8 beta 4, Apple is warning owners of iPhoto for iOS that some features may not make the transition to its replacement, at least at first. Much as with iPhoto on the Mac, users will eventually be migrated over to an all-new, native Photos app, a huge overhaul of the existing iOS Photos app. When trying to run iPhoto in the current beta of iOS 8, an error message now appears stating that iPhoto isn't supported; instead, people are offered the choice to migrate data to Photos, with the exception of "layouts and text added to Books, Journals and Slideshows."
5.5-inch iPhone might wait until later showcase
Apple is "tentatively" scheduling a press event for mid-September to reveal the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and final launch details of iOS 8, sources say. The people add that the second and third weeks of September are the most likely target, but that uncertainties about manufacturing timetables are a factor. The 5.5-inch iPhone may also be shown at the event, but that has likewise yet to be decided.
OS X gets iTunes 12, iOS 8 gets new Tips app
(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it.
Gap between betas shrinks back to two weeks
Apple is currently planning to seed iOS 8 beta 4 to developers on July 21, an inside source has claimed. That date would be two weeks after Beta 3. There was a three-week gap between the second and third betas, which may have been needed to cope with flaws hampering the OS' basic performance.
Apple iOS 8 sets up iPhone and iPad for the future
Last year Apple delivered iOS 7, which was a massive upgrade. Not only did it bring an all-new look as well as add several new dimensions to the user interface, it also brought full compatibility with Apple's industry-leading 64-bit chip technology. This year, Apple used its WWDC 2014 to unveil iOS 8, its next-gen mobile OS. A lot of foundational work was laid in iOS 7 and iOS 8 looks to build on this adding several new and powerful features to the front end and back end. Apple is calling iOS 8 its biggest release to date, which is some statement when set against the backdrop of what it achieved with iOS 7. But when you factor in over 4,000 additional APIs and an all-new in-house developed programming language in Swift, plus some potentially revolutionary new frameworks in HealthKit and HomeKit, iOS 8 could well be the most significant iteration of iOS yet.
iOS users will have to wait for iOS 8
Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac and Windows users. The main addition is support for iTunes Extras associated with HD movies, granting access to things like galleries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes clips, and short films. Not every movie has Extras, since these require special formatting on the part of content creators, but even previously-purchased titles can get Extras for free if they're added later.
Health app now leverages iPhone 5s M7 motion co-processor
Another notable change found as testers pore over the latest iOS 8 beta is that the Health app is now connected to the M7 motion co-processor found in the iPhone 5s. As a result, the app can now keep track of steps taken without the aid of any third-party apps or hardware. Upon opening the revised Health app, users will find the previous week's worth of step data (which is continuously monitored by the M7) pre-populated. Users can remove "sets" of steps if desired, and sort all Health data by day, week, month or year.
New toggles appear for Handoff, keeping Messages media
(Updated with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support, more) People with access to iOS 8 beta 3 are beginning to share some of the changes in the firmware. Perhaps the most notable is the ability to upgrade from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive, which will let people upload any kind of file and organize their own folders with the amount of space they have received or paid for. Accordingly, the Settings app has a new iCloud Drive section, where people can toggle the whole service on and off, or enable access on a per-app basis. The service will evidently also be available from the web.
Precise changes so far undocumented
[Updated with Yosemite changes] Apple has started seeding third previews of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to developers. The former is listed as build 14A283o, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. Beta 3 of iOS 8 is identified as build 12A4318c, and available either as an over-the-air update or through the iOS Dev Center. To go with it, Apple is pushing out new betas of Find my iPhone and Find My Friends.
July 7 purge will affect testers of iOS 8, Yosemite beta builds
Apple has notified developers testing the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas that it will have to erase the content of all CloudKit databases on July 7, both public and private. While the move will not affect most users, anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features of either iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite will see any data store there wiped. Photos and videos stored on iOS 8-running devices will be preserved, and re-uploaded after the server-side erasure.
Fuels speculation of voice messaging on iWatch
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently advocated voice messaging in a private talk, according to a new memo by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. "When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages," the note reads . "Porting this capability to the [i]watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."
Could be connected to major glitches in beta 2
The release of iOS 8 beta 3 won't happen until July 8, sources say. Beta 2 was seeded to developers on the 17th, about two and a half weeks after the first beta emerged from WWDC. A July 8 update would come a full three weeks after its predecessor.
Weather Channel supplying more tech, data than Yahoo
The shift from Yahoo to the Weather Channel for iOS 8's Weather app is the result of a "very crafty deal" by Weather Channel CEO and former Yahoo board member David Kenny, says Re/Code. Yahoo has long been Apple's partner for iOS weather, even though all it's been doing is repackaging the Weather Channel's raw information. To entice Apple to cut out the middle partner, the Weather Channel is said to have offered things it wasn't offering Yahoo, including a nine-day forecast, a conditions summary, and more "weather specificity" related to a user's location.
Should bring iOS 8 up to par with Android, Windows Phone
Third-party photography apps should get near-total camera control with iOS 8, reports note. The firmware's new AVCaptureDevice APIs are said to let apps manually adjust focus, shutter speed, ISO levels, white balance, exposure compensation, and even several different forms of exposure bracketing. Of those, iOS 8's stock Camera app is only due to receive exposure compensation as an exclusive option.
Option does guided Flyover views
A developer, Pierre Blazquez, has successfully unlocked the "City Tours" feature Apple has promised for iOS 8 Maps. Until now the feature has been relatively unknown, since it's inactive in the current iOS 8 beta, and was only mentioned in a slide during Apple's WWDC keynote earlier this month. Blazquez explains that he turned the function on through a hidden debug screen.
Existing services to continue functioning for foreseeable future
As hinted at through the introduction of the iCloud-based Family Sharing feature, the latest beta of iOS for Apple TV (along with the corresponding Beta 2 of iOS 8) doesn't support second-generation Apple TV units, which were the first model to sport the small-black-box look of the current (third) generation devices. The second-generation models can be distinguished from the later version by not having support for 1080p output, and by having an Apple A4 SoC -- the same model that powers the iPhone 4, which is also no longer supported as of iOS 8.
Shared feature between OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 makes family media sharing simpler
A new feature discussed at the Worldwide Developer's Conference has appeared in the first beta of the iOS 8 version of Apple TV softwre, released on Tuesday. The new feature is the iCloud-based Family Sharing function, which allows up to six family members to access purchased iTunes content from any of the registered devices in the household running OS X 10.10 Yosemite or iOS 8, both of which will be released this fall. The change allows a household to access everyone's media purchases without changing accounts.
Safari sees several minor changes
The second iOS 8 beta includes some minor but still important changes, users note. Podcasts, for instance, is no longer a separate app, but supplied with the OS and impossible to remove, as with iBooks since beta 1. Apple initially spun Podcasts off of the core Music app in a previous edition of iOS.
Feature additions yet to be discovered
Apple has begun distributing second betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, Xcode 6, and updated Apple TV firmware to developers. Relatively few details are available so far. The Yosemite beta is listed simply as build 14A261i, and in release notes for the iOS 8 code, Apple states only that it "contains bug fixes and improvements."
Function will require deliberate support
Apple's iOS 8 will make it simpler to log into apps by pulling usernames and passwords saved via Safari's AutoFill feature, beta users note. A given example is Facebook; if login information from the website is already saved in Safari, people will be able to simply tap on the appropriate login when loading the Facebook app. Developers will, however, have to enable the function by adding a file to their website and a new entitlement in their iOS app.
Feature's arrival time still up for debate
Code in the iOS 8 beta suggests that Apple's planned iOS multitasking will support multiple window sizes, according to developer Steven Troughton-Smith. The firmware's internal SpringBoard is said to make reference to 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 ratios. Despite the different sizes it's expected that an iPad will still only be able to run two apps simultaneously, unlike tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, which can run up to four.
Apple, FDA met on multiple occasions during 2013
Apple feels it has a "moral obligation" to help people learn more about themselves through medical apps, according to the US Federal Drug Administration. Prior to announcing iOS 8's HealthKit platform last week, records show that Apple executives met with the FDA several times to talk about "mobile medical applications." The last meeting took place in December.
New features not finished in time
(Updated with evidence of transit development) The absence of any major Maps improvements in last week's iOS 8 announcement can be blamed on internal problems at Apple, sources say. It had been expected that Apple would restore public transit directions, and make additions like better labeling, more points of interest, and/or augmented reality functions. The sources claim, however, that these features simply weren't ready for WWDC.
Apple allegedly planning 3-5 million units per month
The iWatch will ship in October with a curved OLED touchscreen and a modified version of iOS 8, sources tell Japanese business publication Nikkei. The people say that Apple is finalizing the device's specifications, and back claims that the watch will use an array of biometric sensors to track factors like sleep, calorie consumption, and even blood oxygen and glucose levels. One parts manufacturer says that Apple is planning to manufacture somewhere between 3 and 5 million iWatches per month, which could make it the most prolific watch in the world.
Heart rate, blood pressure, glucose sensors and thermometers among list
As developers have gotten their hands on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, a number of smaller, unannounced discoveries have been made about the two forthcoming OS updates. The HealthKit platform and Health app, coming with iOS 8, have been revealed to support some Bluetooth medical accessories natively, meaning no third-party app is required to make the equipment work directly with the HealthKit API, connecting to and controlling the device as needed. Heart rate, blood pressure and glucose sensors, as well as thermometers and other devices that leverage Bluetooth LE should be able to connect natively and share data to HealthKit-based apps.
Company may be concerned about preventing unwanted purchases
Apple is sending out emails via iTunes Connect that urge developers to opt into its upcoming Family Sharing program. The emails in part describe the program, which allows up to six people to access the same photos and calendars, as well as digital content bought from Apple, so long as it was purchased under the same credit card. Family members can also track each other's locations if devices are under the same account.
Execs tout centralization as benefit
Four health and fitness technology companies -- RunKeeper, Withings, Strava, and iHealth -- have confirmed plans to support Apple's HealthKit platform. RunKeeper's CEO, Jason Jacobs, comments that bringing "some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion" is "where things need to be heading." Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings says his company is in favor of the shared API approach, since it already produces an API of its own.
Pair of improvements gives developers more control and access to user data
With Apple's new iOS 8 release will come improvements to Location Services, according to the company. In the new revision, users will receive additional notifications that apps are using Location Services with new requests, and at the same time, allowing developers to get more location data with Visit Monitoring, a feature allowing developers to see what locations a user may be at more often and with more granularity than current functionality.
May improve odds with lost and stolen devices
The iOS 8 incarnation of Find My iPhone includes a new "Send Last Location" option, notes AppleInsider. A description explains that toggling it on will send the last location of a device to Apple once the battery drains "to a critical level." It's not known how this information will be shared with device owners, or how long it will persist.
Developer already accepting beta signups
Third-party developer Fleksy has announced plans to be one of the first companies to offer an alternative software keyboard for iOS 8. Apple revealed plans to allow third-party keyboards at its WWDC keynote on Monday. Fleksy hasn't said much about what its iOS 8 implementation will involve, but it is taking signups for a beta program, and is aiming to be ready for iOS 8's fall release.
Name may have been chosen last-minute
Apple's choice of HealthKit as the name for its health tracking platform is stepping on the name of an Australian startup that also deals with health-related services, according to complaints by the latter company. The company has already made multiple Twitter posts on the matter, including one directed at Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Feeling annoyed #Apple is using our #HealthKit name for their new health product! @tim_cook r u aware of this?" it reads.
Canada's Rogers Wireless to support Wi-Fi calling in iOS 8
Rogers Wireless, a Canadian carrier, has announced that it will be supporting iOS 8's new Wi-Fi calling feature when it debuts. Wi-Fi calling within iOS 8 will skirt the issue of roaming fees while a Canadian user is in the US or overseas, much as VoIP apps like Skype can be used to avoid using cellular data. Rogers has stated that its customers that use its Rogers One Number service on their computer, tablet or smartphone can already make calls over Wi-Fi. Apple's iOS 8 is expected to be officially released this fall.
Pulls data directly from Weather Channel
As of iOS 8, Apple has stopped using Yahoo as the data source for the iOS Weather app, users note. The app now lists The Weather Channel as a source instead. Yahoo was already pulling its own data from TWC, but Apple appears to have cut out Yahoo for business and/or technical reasons.
Allows quick launching of location-related apps
One unexpected feature of iOS 8 is the presence of quick-launch app icons on lockscreens, accounts say. If a person brings an iPhone to a place like Starbucks or an Apple Store, iOS 8 will display those locations' official apps in the lower-left corner, making it possible to jump directly into them. The function is similar to the quick Camera access already built into iOS.
Function meant for recording app previews
The combination of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite allows for easier screencapture of iOS devices, according to a new Apple document. In order to support the App Store's future App Previews, Apple has tweaked Yosemite to treat an iOS device as a camera input, meaning that any video recording software can be used to capture onscreen activity. Currently recording is described as "extremely laggy," but it will presumably improve as both iOS 8 and Yosemite get updated betas.
Should expand Apple TV's practicality
A small but significant change being brought to iOS 8 is peer-to-peer AirPlay connections between iOS devices and Apple TVs, Apple's official website reveals. At the moment, iOS devices wanting to broadcast to an Apple TV have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. That presents a problem, though, if a person doesn't have access to login credentials or a LAN is offline or simply non-existent.
WWDC 2014 saw Apple unveil an arsenal of weapons to combat Android
Apple's WWDC 2014 could well be the most important statement of intent it has ever made. Without a single new device on show, Apple has launched its biggest assault on Android yet. The scope and breadth of innovation and software development on show was breathtaking and shows that Apple has a crystal clear vision of where it is headed and how it wants to get there. It used numerous statistics to emphasise its numerical advantages over Google's Android platform, while bringing the full weight of its creative power to bear. It unleashed a wave of unprecedented software innovation in the stunning new Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that was then driven home with the announcement it has developed a brand new computing language, Swift, for developing iOS apps.
Support for automatic use of Wi-Fi not mentioned on stage
T-Mobile, which has supported Wi-Fi calling for more than 17 million of its customers, has already confirmed that its iPhones will work with the built-in support for Wi-Fi calling coming in iOS 8 -- a new feature not mentioned on stage during the keynote, but one of many smaller features Apple is including in this fall's release. The OS-level support should mean that users will need only to tick a preference box to make the feature work.
Signature device was already feature-limited
Once iOS 8 launches this fall, Apple will officially drop compatibility with the iPhone 4. The information was touched on just briefly during today's WWDC keynote in the form of a slide. The oldest compatible iPhone will thus become the iPhone 4S; for iPads the minimum will again be the iPad 2, while for iPod touches it will be the fifth-generation model.
Will consolidate management, editing and cloud storage in cross-platform app
At today's WWDC keynote, Apple announced a significant consolidation of its Photos management app for iOS, and talked briefly about how it will eventually replace iPhoto with a new Photos app for Mac sometime next year. Photos, which is now primarily a management app with very limited editing capability, appears to be taking on iPhoto's features in an overhauled UI format on both platforms.
Third-party keyboards, Touch ID access coming
On top of public-facing enhancements, Apple has made a variety of developer-side improvements for iOS 8. The new iOS SDK includes over 4,000 APIs, and features like Extensibility, which permit apps to extend services and functions to other apps. Extensions are still sandboxed, but link software using a secure framework.
Can notify doctors if health conditions are dangerous
As a part of showcasing iOS 8, Apple today confirmed the firmware's long-awaited fitness tracking app and framework. The latter is nicknamed HealthKit, and serves as a central way of storing and managing fitness information. Third-party apps can tap into this repository; Apple is in fact partnering with companies like Nike and the Mayo Clinic on integration, and HealthKit will be able to optionally notify doctors if a person's data falls outside of a safe zone.
May hint at simpler cross-platform compatibility
New developer APIs for OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 are already being pushed to open-source channels for WebKit, users note. A new class involves a view that replaces the current OS X and iOS support for displaying inline content. It's believed to include cross-platform compatibility, eliminating the need to use "WebView" for OS X and "UIWebView" for iOS. At the same time though, some separate view classes remain, meaning that the platforms are still not thoroughly meshed.