What’s new in iOS 8 beta 5

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Sticking to a two week schedule, Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5. The releases continually become smoother, and more bugs have been ironed out. Here are the notable changes from the latest update.


Predictive typing can now be entirely disabled. A long press on the emoji icon prompts a menu with a “Predictive” switch. When suggestions are swiped down, a new tab graphic indicates that suggestions can be pulled back into view.


iCloud icons

iCloud icons now have a consistent design.


With iCloud Photo Library, you can now opt to store original photos in iCloud, and keep “device-optimized” photos on your device. This will help save space on iOS devices, while preserving the original file as well.



In addition to some updated icons, the Health app now collects Spirometry data. This data has to do with lung health, and will be particularly useful for people with lung conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and cystic fibrosis.

SMS Relay permissions

iPads and Macs now request permission to access SMS messages with Handoff.

Wallpaper settings

The Brightness slider has been removed from the Wallpaper menu in Settings. It now resides solely in the Display & Brightness menu (and Control Center).

Wi-Fi calling

“Wi-Fi” now appears in the status bar after the carrier name when Wi-Fi calling is enabled.

Beta 5 seems to be an update that mostly focuses on smaller refinements rather than big changes like we saw in beta 4. iOS 8 is starting to look very cohesive and polished. Are you ready for iOS 8 to be released, or are you hoping for more changes? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • RedGeminiPA

    I’m just about ready. The only thing keeping my excitement in check is the incompatibilities between my iPhone and MacBook Pro – 2010 – no handoff or continuity. Looks like I’ll have to attempt to upgrade my Mac sooner than expected.

  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    It looks like it will only be one more beta update then the master version will come out.