iOS 8 beta is out, up and running on one of our iPhones, and we have wasted no time in comparing it with iOS 7.x, to give our precious readers an idea of the visual changes and features they should expect when iOS 8 final is available to everyone this fall.
In terms of visual changes, iOS 8 is more like a further refined version of iOS 7. The game-changer is the features it ships with, which we’ve discussed in detail in our announcement post.
Without further ado, here are a load of screenshots showing off iOS 8 and iOS 7 side-by-side:
(Note: iOS 7.1.1 screenshots on the left, iOS 8 beta on the right)
Messages App and Keyboard
Sharing Photos in Messages
Contact information in Messages
Dismissing Notifications in Notification Center
Changes in Touch ID and Passcode on iPhone 5s
Lock Screen notifications and Quick Reply feature
Scrolling in App Store search
Camera App UI
Weather App (Note how Apple has ditched Yahoo! Weather for The Weather Channel)
Maps App Comparison
App Store – Top Charts
Today view in Notification Center
Here are more screenshots of different features of iOS 8 beta:
And finally, Apple’s Health app:
Keep one thing strictly in mind: this is beta software from all angles, so the screenshots you see above are destined to see some visual changes as we move closer to the public release period this fall. And secondly, we will keep on updating this post with new screenshots as we spot more changes in the coming days and weeks. We’re certain that there are certain gems littered all over iOS 8 that are waiting to be discovered.
Right now, iOS 8 beta 1 is a developer only affair, and you have to be a registered developer with Apple if you want to get your hands on it and take it for a test spin. But, since this is pre-release software, therefore we wouldn’t recommend using it as your daily driver. It’s best to make sure that iOS 8 is at least 4 betas into its lifecycle before it gets stable enough to be used as your sorta-daily driver.
Overall, the changes made by Apple in iOS 8 are great in many regards. From slight font changes to animation speeds, iOS is well and truly becoming a breeze to use in our day to day lives.
Let’s just hope Apple fixes all of the bugs before making it available to everyone.
You may also like to check out:
- Download iOS 8 Beta 1 For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
- iOS 8 Announced: Features, Compatibility, Release Date [Everything You Need To Know]