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New iOS 8 Changes Detailed

by Todd Haselton | March 14, 2014March 14, 2014 7:00 am PDT

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Yesterday we learned a bit more about what we can expect from iOS 8, including TextEdit and Preview apps. Then, later in the day, we even had a chance to see a couple of leaked screenshots of the new operating system. That’s in addition to reports that iOS 8 will also include a dedicated iTunes Radio application and a vastly improved Apple Maps app. Today, 9to5Mac, which has provided most if not all of the information on iOS 8 to date, published new details.

Apple is reportedly working  on making several fixes, and we’ll highlight a few that we think are the most noteworthy. Apparently the company is working to auto-delete older threads inside Messages, which means it will automatically free up space for threads that are no longer active. Apple is still considering whether it should delete year-old or six month-old threads.

Additionally, Apple is considering removing Game Center from iOS 8 altogether, instead leaving it up to developers to add the achievements/rankings/etc. inside of their own games. CarPlay may also gain wireless support, which would be a nice upgrade since right now it still requires a Lightning cable to operate. 9to5Mac also said that Apple may change Notifications so that it only shows the most recent notifications in addition to a “Today” view. Right now Notifications has Today, All and Missed views – and it’s arguably kind of clunky.

Apple will likely introduce iOS 8 during WWDC in June but it probably won’t be pushed out to consumer handsets until later in the year, likely around September when it’s expected to announce the next iPhone.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...