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Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 5 to Developers

Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 8 to developers, two weeks after releasing the fourth beta update and two months since introducing the new mobile operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update, build 12A4345d, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating mechanism on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV software beta update that includes a redesigned UI.

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iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages.

Each beta update thus far has brought refinements and additional features to iOS 8, with beta 4, for example, bringing a new Tips app and a redesigned Control Center, among other improvements. iOS 8 beta 5 adds new options for SMS Relay, new features in Health, and more. For a full list of the changes in beta 5, make sure to check out our iOS 8 beta 5 tidbits post.

Currently, iOS 8 is only available to registered developers, but the operating system is expected to be released to the public this fall after several beta iterations. We may be getting close to the end of the beta testing period, however, as one rumor has suggested iOS 8 beta 5 may be the final beta version while another indicates it's the second-to-last beta before a golden master.

Related roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features

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11 weeks ago

Please fix whatsapp!


They can't fix a 3rd party app. Only the people who make the app can do that.
Rating: 16 Votes
11 weeks ago

Please fix whatsapp!


That's up to Facebook and WhatsApp, not Apple.

If you have critical apps like this that you rely on DON'T INSTALL A BETA.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
Predictive text now has a Toggle.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 weeks ago
Installing now :D Love fast internet! :D
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago

They can't fix a 3rd party app. Only the people who make the app can do that.


not strictly true, if an app is broken because of a breaking change in an API that apple didn't intend, then a later beta might fix the API and the app with it. it's possible.
Rating: 3 Votes
11 weeks ago

Please fix whatsapp!


Whatsapp will probably need to fix Whatsapp
Rating: 3 Votes
11 weeks ago
Magic iOS-8-ball says, "Servers hammered, try again later"
Rating: 3 Votes
11 weeks ago
I'm not sure if this was changed in beta 5 but I noticed a new loading screen when I started a movie from the cloud.

Rating: 2 Votes
11 weeks ago

Given iOS 7's buggy release I'm not sure why they even bother with all the Betas - developers don't seem to pick up on many.


Laughable.

yeah, i've no idea about the particulars of the whatsapp and facebook bugs.

the beta process is a two way thing and a chance for developers to find and log bugs they find in the new framework. apple devs are very appreciative of this feedback on the apple dev forums. so it's not like the beta process is always for devs to change their apps according to apple's changes.


not strictly true, if an app is broken because of a breaking change in an API that apple didn't intend, then a later beta might fix the API and the app with it. it's possible.


It's nice to see folks that understand betas (not first quote). :) Developers have a list of new APIs, deprecated APIs, and like the Professor and Mary Ann: "The Rest" of the APIs. They check the ones they use for their apps and report bugs to Apple. When they have time they play with other features and apps, or not. I don't expect them to be the ones complaining about Facebook or battery life or lag or (pick from 80% of the posts in this thread). Sorry for the borderline troll post but sheesh.

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Just installed Beta 5. Noticed that on the lock screen there is a large rounded rectangle around the "Slide to Unlock" its very faint but its there and it moves when you slide it...


If they put enough pre-iOS 7 design elements back in iOS it will return to what made it so wildly successful and easier to use. So sad to see Apple backpedal so slowly when they obviously came to this realization in iOS 7.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 weeks ago
Quick reply looks to be fixed.
Rating: 2 Votes

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