Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 2 to Developers

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8 to developers, just over two weeks after unveiling the new operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4297e, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and will also be available via the iOS Dev Center.

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MacRumors forum users are tracking new changes and features found in Beta 2 in this thread.

Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 2, new beta software for the Apple TV (for 3rd gen (+ rev a) only), and OS X Yosemite Update 1.0.

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.

iOS 8 is only available to developers at the current point in time, but it is expected to be released to the public this fall after several additional beta iterations. Based on past history, iOS 8 will likely be released alongside new iPhones, and possibly the much-rumored iWatch.

The second iOS 8 beta includes several tweaks to the operating system, such as a permanent Podcasts app that now comes pre-installed and QuickType for the iPad. Safari is also able to block ads that redirect to the App Store, and there's a new iCloud Photos popup that replaces Photo Stream when the Photos app is opened for the first time. For a full list of changes to iOS 8 in beta 2, make sure to check out our beta 2 tidbits post.

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- iPad Air (Model 1474)
- iPad Air (Model 1475)
- iPad Air (Model 1476)
- iPad mini (Model A1489)
- iPad mini (Model A1490)
- iPad mini (Model A1491)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1458)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
- iPad mini (Model A1432)
- iPad mini (Model A1454)
- iPad mini (Model A1455)
- iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)

- iPhone 5s (Model A1453, A1533)
- iPhone 5s (Model A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1456, A1532)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1507, A1516, A1526, A1529)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
- iPhone 4S

- iPod touch (5th generation)

Top Rated Comments

GenesisST Avatar
104 months ago
I will go start the "When will iOS 8 beta 3 be released" thread...
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haydn! Avatar
104 months ago
Before it get's posted.

The Photo's icon HAS NOT changed.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
104 months ago
According to the release notes, Safari will now block ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction.
OMG! Finally!! This is very much needed - thank you Apple.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rudy69 Avatar
104 months ago
Does beta 2 include iPhone 6?

No just the iPhone 6S :rolleyes:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
104 months ago
Hmmm, and I was full of it according to everyone on here
None of the AirDrop stuff you mentioned was in the release notes. You mentioned FaceTime fixes for things like landscape view, yet the release notes point out that those are known existing issues (that weren't fixed). So while you seem to have some sort of info, it doesn't quite seem to match up in at least some if not a lot of cases.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chr1s60 Avatar
104 months ago
So how's it going? I held off on installing the first beta because there were no compelling features I wanted to immediately start playing with, and I figured I'd try it out a little later. Is iOS 8 decently stable? What are your favorite new features?

As someone that has used the betas from iOS 5 and up, I think the iOS 8 beta is probably the least buggy initial beta that I have seen. Most apps run in it pretty smoothly and there are not many freezes and crashed. That said, it is still a beta and does occasionally force itself to restart or crash an app, but the frequency is far lower than the betas in years past.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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