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What’s New with iOS 8 Beta 2?

iOS 8 Beta 2 Known Issues

  Less than three weeks after Apple announced iOS 8 at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference and delivered the first beta to developers, the company has released iOS 8 beta 2. Here are some known issues about new update and also issues that were fixed from the previous version of iOS 8.

App Store

Fixed in beta 2

  • Links to Developer websites from an app’s developer page are broken.


Known Issue

  • Projects using LocalAuthentication won’t build if the Destination is set to iOS Simulator.


Fixed in beta 2

  • Certain apps may crash on launch consistently if they came over from a Restore from Backup.

Known Issue

  • If you do a clean installation, iCloud Backups may not be completely restored to your device.

Workaround: Use iTunes to back up and restore your iOS 8 beta devices.


Known Issue

The CoreBluetooth State Preservation & Restoration feature does not work. If your application is jetsammed while in the background performing long-term action(s) with CoreBluetooth, those applications will cease and the application will not be restored.

Bug Reporter

Known Issues

  • The switch in Developer Settings to hide Bug Reporter is not working.

    Workaround: Remove it from the Notification tab in Notification Center settings.

  • The Bug Reporter icon does not appear on the Home Screen on iPad.

    Workaround: Open the app from the Notification tab in Notification Center settings.

  • The cursor may not get placed in the appropriate text field.

Camera Connector

Fixed in beta 2

  • When attached, the camera connector is not offered as an import option.


Fixed in beta 2

  • After using Siri, audio quality goes to 24KHz regardless of where it was originally set.

  • CarPlay may crash when pressing the Back button when in Now Playing.

Known Issues

  • When using the knob only, the highlight can move off screen but the scroll position of view doesn’t follow.

  • The Now Playing screen is missing the Back button in the top-left corner.


Known Issue

  • FaceTime does not work properly in landscape orientation.

Family Sharing

Fixed in beta 2

  • While using the iTunes Store you may experience a spinner that never completes.

  • Login to iCloud may be slow on iOS.

  • Shared purchase history page on Mac App Store and iOS App Store are disabled.

  • You can’t approve an “Ask to Buy” request from the requestor’s iOS device.

Known Issues

  • “Ask to Buy” request notifications do not appear, and requests are not actionable from devices running iOS 8 beta 2.

  • Items already owned by family members must be re-downloaded from the Purchased page (not Store pages) to get them free of additional charge.

  • Under 13 account creation is disabled in this beta.

  • Email invitations are not enabled; members can join using push notifications or via inline password entry flow.

  • A blank screen may be seen after creating a family on iPad.

    Workaround: Tap on other settings and then back to iCloud settings.

  • “Ask to Buy” and Family Notifications may not appear due to SpringBoard crashing.

    Workaround: Reboot.

Find My Friends


Now that the Share My Location feature is integrated into Messages, Find My Friends only supports the Apple ID configured in Settings > iCloud.

Find My iPhone

Fixed in beta 2

  • If you disable Location Services and choose Don’t Enable when prompted on the Find My iPhone page in Setup Assistant, Find My iPhone will not be enabled.

  • Triggering Lost mode from iCloud.com will not work on iPads that are at the lock screen.


Known Issue

  • Some Hindi strings are incorrectly displayed, causing search and rendering issues.



Handoff is incompatible between devices using this beta and the prior beta. You should test Handoff with the most recent beta software because it is not backward-compatible with previous betas.

Fixed in beta 2

  • Handoff-based Bluetooth connections between devices may stop working after trying to use Handoff.

  • Handoff does not work properly for document-based apps.

  • In some cases, not all devices associated with an Apple ID will pair successfully. These devices will be unable to use Handoff, Phone relay, or Tethering.

  • Some apps that use Handoff will mistakenly show as Safari in the iOS lock screen and OS X Dock.

  • Directions and Navigation in Maps do not work with Handoff in this beta.

  • In some cases, using Handoff with Safari will result in an old URL being resumed instead of the current URL.

Known Issues

  • When using a Mac, Handoff may sometimes stop showing icons on other iOS and OS X devices. Powering the Mac off and then back on can sometimes work around this issue.

  • Phone Calls to and from the Mac may sometimes not complete or send and receive audio.

iCloud Drive


  • Upon upgrading to iOS 8 Beta, existing iCloud Documents & Data present (not evicted) on your device are copied into special server-side containers for use during the beta period.

  • iCloud Documents & Data created with iOS 8 Beta will not sync with with Documents and Data managed with iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, or earlier operating systems.

  • iCloud Documents & Data in iOS 8 Beta will only sync with devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview.

  • iCloud Documents & Data managed with iOS 7 or OS X Mavericks will remain unaffected.

  • iCloud Documents & Data created with iOS 8 Beta will be deleted from the servers at some point during the beta period. Information downloaded and not evicted from the device will remain on device and will re-sync after the data wipe occurs.

  • The UI for managing iCloud Documents & Data does not show the documents and data for iOS 8 Beta and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview. It only shows the documents and data synced with previous operating systems.

Known Issues

  • In some cases, signing into iCloud can take up to two minutes.

  • Newly added files may not sync automatically. After signing into iCloud, reboot the device.

iTunes Store

Fixed in beta 2

  • Opening iTunes Radio URLs from the iTunes Store music grouping page displays a page that asks you to upgrade to iOS 7.

  • The shelf is not displayed on first sign-in or first launch.


Fixed in beta 2

  • Deploying a third-party keyboard multiple times may cause the system keyboard to render incorrectly or go blank.

    Workaround: Kill the hosting app or reboot the device.

  • Custom Keyboards do not have Network Access, even after setting the RequestsOpenAccess key to YES in the plist.

Known Issues

  • In some cases, you may need to restart an app to get third-party keyboard input to register.

  • If an iPad is restored while in landscape, it may end up with an offscreen keyboard in certain views.

    Workaround: Reboot the device.

  • The requestSupplementaryLexiconWithCompletion: method does not return any lexicon entries.

  • There is a known performance issue, which is evident as a time lag between viewDidLoad and the textDidChange callbacks firing.

  • On-screen keyboards do not correctly respond to some notifications (such as layout changes made in Settings).

    Workaround: Stop the running process and relaunch it or reboot the simulated device.

  • Keyboard keys are not being highlighted on some previous-generation devices.

  • When selecting a keyboard app in the Add New Keyboard menu, you may see an empty sheet. This happens when the containing app has a single keyboard target.

    Workaround: To add the keyboard, tap Done on the top-right of the sheet.

  • The Delete button may not show up when trying to remove an iPad keyboard.

    Workaround: Tap on the blank space where the Delete button would be to remove the keyboard.

Lock Screen

Known Issues

  • Sometimes devices may not wake when the home button is pushed.

    Workaround: Use the sleep/wake/power button.

  • Tapping Emergency on the lock screen does not do anything.

Lost Mode

Known Issues

  • A device doesn’t display the Lost Mode message in the lock screen if the device was locked at the time it was put into Lost Mode.

    Workaround: Reboot the device.

  • After remote wiping a device and logging into the same (@icloud.com) iCloud account, the Lost Mode lock screen is displayed and the device cannot be unlocked.


Fixed in beta 2

  • On iPad, trying to add a contact via a Suggestion Banner causes Mail to hang.

Known Issue

  • Sometimes Mail crashes when replying to an email with an attachment.


Fixed in beta 2

  • The string “Location” appears in non-English languages.

Known Issues

  • SMS relay may not work until an iMessage is sent from the device.

  • The keyboard may cover the predictive text bar if you launch Messages from the App Switcher.


Fixed in beta 2

  • Radio Redirect links from product pages do not work.


Fixed in beta 2

  • Missed calls and recent call info doesn’t always update properly.

  • Double height status bar does not always dismiss for phone and FaceTime calls.

  • Sometimes the FaceTime Audio icon appears when FaceTime Audio is not available.

  • Phone call relay sometimes results in poor audio quality.

  • Tapping a Maps pin during a call causes a hang.

Known Issues

  • Bringing up a contact card in Mail during a call causes a hang.

  • Phone call relay uses Bluetooth when it should be using Wi-Fi. Since not all devices have the necessary Bluetooth support, this may fail on some hardware.



  • Back up your photo libraries before enabling iCloud Photo Library by:

    • Importing to your Mac using iPhoto

    • Importing to your Mac using Image Capture

  • Enabling iCloud Photo Library will not add photos/videos that have been synced with iTunes to the cloud.

  • iPhoto will not launch. You can edit and organize your photos in the Photos app.

Fixed in beta 2

  • “Save to Camera Roll” button in a Shared stream doesn’t work.

  • If you turn off iCloud before disabling iCloud Photo Library, synced photos are still present on your device.

  • When uploading large libraries, users may encounter a stall when syncing.

  • If you turn on iCloud Photo Library while an iCloud restore is in progress, your initial upload will not happen until the restore completes.

  • Items deleted from the Recently Deleted album don’t sync to other devices.

Known Issues

  • The ability to automatically optimize device space is not enabled in this beta.

  • When using iCloud Family, both iCloud Photos and My Photostream are enabled.

  • After restore from iCloud backup, modified photos may show unmodified thumbnails.

  • If you reach your iCloud quota, there is no way to add or delete data within the Photos app.

  • Slow motion clips that have been trimmed sync to other devices as a gray thumbnail.

  • iCloud Photo downloads stall when a device is idle for a long period of time.

    Workaround: Sync resumes when the device wakes up.

  • If both iCloud Photos and Photostream are enabled, duplicate photos are displayed.

  • iCloud Photo Library does not upload Photos synced from iTunes.

  • iPhoto for iOS will not launch on iOS 8 Beta. Launching Photos.app will migrate your iPhoto edits to the iOS 8 Photo Library. Make sure your iPhoto for iOS data is included in your device backup.



  • Safari now blocks ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction. If you still see the previous behavior, or find legitimate redirection to the App Store to be broken in some way, please file a bug.

  • You can now quickly add a site to Shared Links or save a bookmark by tapping and holding on the bookmarks button.


Fixed in beta 2

  • Settings sometimes crashes upon addition of a third-party keyboard.

  • Sometimes Settings shows an iCloud Drive/iCloud Documents incompatibility dialog and will not let you press OK.

  • The screen brightness slider in Settings does not work.

  • When signing out of iCloud, the account will actually be signed out, but the UI will not correctly reflect this until the user goes out of iCloud settings and back into it.

  • iTunes Wi-Fi Sync does not work.

Known Issues

  • You are unable to use the “Forgot Apple ID or Password” dialog on your device.

    Workaround: Reset passwords from appleid.apple.com.

  • The username and password fields in iCloud Settings do not display properly.


Known Issues

  • Localized strings for Voice Activation phrases don’t appear in Settings > General > Siri.

    Voice Activation phrase for each Siri Language:

    • English (US, UK, AU, CA): Hey Siri

    • French (FR, CA, CH): Dis Siri

    • German (DE, CH): Hey Siri

    • German (DE, CH): Hey Siri

    • Italian (IT, CH): Ehi Siri

    • Japanese (JP): Hey Siri

    • Chinese – Cantonese (HK): 喂Siri

    • Chinese – Mandarin (CN, TW): 嘿Siri

    • Spanish (MX, SP, US): Oye Siri

    • Korean (KR): Siri야

  • If you use Bluetooth to activate Siri and ask what song is playing, Siri fails to identify the song.

  • After memory pressure events, pressing and holding the home button may launch Voice Control instead of Siri when Siri is enabled (Settings > General > Siri).

    Workaround: Reboot the device to have Siri activate as expected.

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