09 July 2014

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Apple's iOS 8 beta 3 released to registered developers-- new tweaks,newUI refinement, new wallpapers.

Three weeks after the release of iOS 8 beta 2, Apple has released iOS 8 beta 3 to the developers on July 7,2014 9:00am PDT (July 8, 2014 12am Philippine Time). Most of iOS 8’s major features were announced at WWDC, but Apple has been slowly and refining the UI of the new OS ahead of its release in September.

If you’re looking to try out iOS 8 beta 3, you will firstly need to be a member of Apple’s Developers Program, which costs $99 per year.

What's new in  iOS 8 beta 3?

The following are some of the latest  changes and/or additions to iOS 8 beta 3.

QuickType Keyboard - you can now turn QuickType on or off  in Settings  > General > Keyboards


iCloud Drive - there’s a new popup window giving users the option to upgrade to iCloud Drive for the first time.




Wallpapers - iOS 8 beta 3 includes new wallpapers.



Messages - there’s a new option to automatically keep audio and video messages. Normally, these
messages are deleted after a short period of time to save space.

Handoff - allows users to seamlessly transfer tasks between iOS and OS X. Handoff can be accessed in the General menu of the Settings app.

Photos - "Shared Photo Streams" have been renamed "Shared Albums". Events and albums from Aperture are now available again in the Photos app as well.

Weather - some minor changes have been made to the way information is displayed within the Weather app.

App Analytics - after installing the beta, there’s a new option to opt into App Analytics. Users can choose to share crash data with app developers along with statistics about how apps are used.

Clear button in Notification Center has a minor tweak.


New tools when editing pictures on camera app.



Wi-Fi calling - iOS 8 beta 3 adds Wi-Fi calling to make phone calls over Wi-Fi.

Find My Friends - a new beta version of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps are included in beta 3.

Custom Keyboards - developers are now able to move the cursor location with a custom keyboard in this beta.

And there's many more exciting features not yet listed here!

iOS 8 beta will expire on August 21, 2014.

My thoughts
As the time progresses, new improvements on iOS 8 are being introduced and it rekindles the excitement that I felt when Apple unveiled  iOS 8 during the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014. Two to three weeks from now, Apple will release iOS 8 beta 4 which will add another set of exciting features I long to see before its official public release in September.