Apple has officially released the second beta of iOS 8 as well as the second developer preview of OS X Yosemite today. Both of Apple’s latest upcoming operating systems were originally revealed just a little over two weeks ago at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
The iOS 8 Beta 2 update, specifically called build number 12A4297e, is now available via Apple’s OTA (over-the-air) updating system on iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone and is also available through the iOS Dev Center.
iOS 8, expected to fully roll out to iOS devices sometime in September alongside the new iPhone and/or iWatch, introduces a slew of new features including Continuity which will improve iOS intergration with OSX, a new Health app, a set of Family Sharing features, new interactive notifications, and a new and improved QuickType keyboard, among other things. iOS 8 is also bringing improvements to several of the operating system’s base app including Safari, Mail, and Messages.
This latest beta update brings in a slew of new tweaks to the unfinished operating system including a pre-installed (and permanent) Podcasts app, the QuickType keyboard is now available on the iPad, a set of new options for the Notification and Control Center in AssistiveTouch, Safari now blocks ads that redirect to the App Store, a new iCould Photo Welcome screen, a new Home Data section in the Privacy menu, an improved Photos app, and a couple of design changes.
iOS 8 is coming to the 2nd generation iPad and newer, the iPhone 4S and above, and the 5th generation iPod Touch.
Alongside the release of the second beta of iOS 8, developers can also download the second developer preview of OS X Yosemite, build number 14A261i, from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center.
OS X Yosemite, like iOS 8, is also expected to come this fall and will bring a slew of new features and updates to Apple’s desktop operating system including the aforementioned Continuity feature, a new “Today” view in the Notification Center that can integrate with third-party apps, and a brand new Spotlight search, among others. Much like iOS 8, Apple’s base desktop apps are also receiving their own set of new features including Mail, Safari, and Messages.
The second developer preview, which is only available to developers, brings back the Photo Booth app, a redesigned Time Machine app, new version of Screen Sharing, and a redesigned Settings icon, among other things.
Both of Apple’s operating systems will continue to come out with new beta iterations until their release sometime this fall which gives users a chance to find out what Apple is working on bringing to them once the full operating systems start rolling out.