7/22/2014 02:55:00 PM - 0 comments
We're getting very close to the final version of iOS 8 and with the release of Beta 4, we have found some great new features that improves the overall functionality of Apple's mobile operating system. Below you will find some information on the new features that we have found in iOS 8 beta 4.
Brand New ‘Tips’ App
The Tips app, which was supposed to be part of the initial iOS 8 beta has finally made it into beta 4. The new Tips app is perfect for new users and allows them to find their way around iOS 8. It includes some useful tips that will help all users become pros. New tips coming directly from Apple are going to be added every week so this is going to be a very useful app.
Completely Redesigned Control Center
The Control Center has been given a makeover with iOS 8 beta 4 and it now ties in very well with the overall look and feel of iOS 8.
Bug Reporter App Removed
The Bug Reporter app has been removed. This did allow users to send bug and crash reports to Apple.
New HomeKit Icon
The HomeKit icon has been given a very small makeover. It's nothing major just a little tweaking.
New Display and Brightness Setting
Small changes have been made to how brightness is altered from the Settings app with the inclusion of a new “Display & Brightness” setting. This section also includes the option to alter text size, or turn bold text on or off.
Separate Expiry Options For Audio / Video Messages
Under Settings > Messages, beta 4 has a new option that allows you set expiry time for video and audio messages separately. This is great if you like to hold on to certain messages of videos and should prove very useful.
New Handoff & Suggested Apps Feature
A new option Handoff & Suggested Apps has been added under Settings > General. This will let you turn on or off the ability to show apps that are relevant to your location on the lock screen or the app switcher. It includes suggestions from apps that are installed on your device, or from the App store.
New ‘Show In App Switcher’ Option
This is going to be very welcome and it is something that users have been asking for for quite some time. You can now customize whether or not you want to see your recent or favorite phone contacts in the app switcher. To access the setting all you have to do is go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then tap on Show in App Switcher under the Contacts headings.
New Swipe Options Setting In Mail
Under the same Mail, Contacts, Calendars setting in iOS 8 beta 4, there’s a new feature called Swipe Options under the Mail heading. This is going to let you customize what different swipe gestures do in the Native Mail App.
Notification Center And Control Center Options Added In AssistiveTouch
If you use the accessibility features, you are going to love this change. AssistiveTouch will now allow you to access the Notification Center or Control Center with a simple tap of a button. You can access AssistiveTouch in Settings > General > Accessibility and then tapping on AssistiveTouch under the Physical & Motor heading.
That's the main changes that we have noted for iOS 8 Beta 4, but if we have missed anything that you feel is worth noting, please be sure to leave us a note in the comments below.Read more...