What’s New in iOS 8 Beta 4: Control Center Makeover and More [PICS]

Apple pushed out the fourth beta of iOS 8 today, which brings a number of changes and improvements. One of the surprise elements that the iOS 8 beta 4 contains is the Tips app, which found its way to the home screen, as rumoured earlier this year. We’ve put together a list of the changes included in this beta. Since this is a work in progress, we’ll add more as we dig deeper into the OS.

Control Center: One of the first changes you’ll notice is the tweaked Control Center. Apple has removed the black borders around the icons, and now the icons’ circle turns white when activated.

Control center

Bug Reporter: With iOS 8 beta 4, the Bug Reporter is out.

Display & Brightness: Below “General,” the Display & Brightness section replaces the Wallpaper & Brightness section. The Display & Brightness section contains the Text Size and Bold Text options, while Wallpaper now has its own separate section.

Brightness

Display and brightness

Auto brightness

Home Data: Apple announced HomeKit earlier at WWDC, and with iOS 8 beta 4, a new Home Data section has appeared, showing apps that have requested access to home data.

Home data privacy tab

Mail: The Mail app includes a new Swipe Options section. As its name reveals, you can quickly access features such as Trash, Flag, and Archive by swiping list items on the left or right. Customize it at your will.

Mail swipe options

Mail swipe

Contacts: With the fourth beta, you can turn on or off information that appears in App Switcher like Phone Favourites or Recents.

App switcher

Messages: The app now has a new setting option for storage, allowing expiration in two minutes for Audio or Video messages.

Messages

Keyboard Settings: While previously called QuickType keyboard, Apple now calls it Predictive.

Emoji Keyboard Icon: The icon for Emojis now shows a happier face.

Handoff: Although the Handoff feature has been present since the last beta, today Apple added two new toggles — Suggested Apps and App Store.

Handoff

Real live talk-to-text with Siri dictation (via MacRumors):

http://youtu.be/Av0ysFyXAlY

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  • Chrome262

    I still don’t get how mail box can have push, yet the mail app can’t on gmail accounts. Is it a deal with drop box, or just Apple and Google pissed off at eachother.

  • GS

    Google disabled push/Exchange ActiveSync. My solution is to use the Gmail app for push notifications, then open the stock Mail app to actually read and send emails. A bit of a nuisance, but the Gmail app loads too slowly when I just want to check a previously read email.

  • reformcanada

    Just curious, what is the point of the gmail app when there is already the mail app?

  • Chrome262

    I am actually using the Mailbox app, it works well and integrates with dropbox. It doesn’t have the folder views that I like with the mail app.

  • Chrome262

    I agree, I don’t use the gmail app, but I do have gmail accounts. While other applications can use it as an iMap and get push, the mail app doesn’t.

  • Gmail’s iOS app has way better search vs Mail. Also handles multiple accounts/filters/labels much better too.