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iOS 8 Beta 4 Release Notes

iOS 8 Beta 2 Known Issues   Apple released iOS 8 Beta 4 to developers this Monday [July 21st, 2014] and if you are testing it out make sure you backup your phone before you push out this update. Here are some known issues and notes on iOS 8 Beta 4:

Notes and Known Issues

Backup and Restore

Known Issue

A restoration of an iCloud backup onto the same device the backup was taken from may not work properly. It may result in crashes of some apps.

Workaround: If you want to completely wipe the data from a device and restore it, use iTunes to backup and restore instead of iCloud.


Known Issue

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



The Address Book UI people picker has been changed for iOS 8. A new mode with new API has been added where the app does not need access to the user’s contacts and the user will not be prompted for access. A temporary copy of the selected person is returned to the app. See ABPeoplePickerNavigationController.h for more details.

As of iOS 8 beta 2, you must use the new mode. The old mode has been deprecated.

See the new PeoplePicker: Picking a Person or Property sample project demonstrating usage of the new mode.

Document Providers


Your app needs the iCloud entitlement to be able to be used as a document provider.

Fixed in beta 4

  • Auto Layout does not currently provide direct support for the UIView layoutMargins property.

  • Document provider extensions sometimes crash when trying to import a document from a document provider view controller.

  • Selecting a file in a document picker twice in a row may cause the document picker to hang.

    Workaround: Force quit the app.

  • After deploying a FileProvider via Xcode, your documentStorageURL may be nil and cause your extension to crash.

Known Issues

  • App icons in the document picker do not show up on iPhones and iPads.

  • Document providers may hang when importing files.

  • After rotating document picker to landscape, the status bar is hidden.

  • Upon bringing up document picker in landscape, the containing view may be shifted beneath the navigation bar.


Known Issue

FaceTime does not work properly in landscape orientation.

Family Sharing

Known Issues

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

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

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.



The Thai system font has increased in size to improve readability. This will cause clipping in many places in your UI if you don’t take appropriate action:

  1. Use UILabels as much as possible. If you use Interface Builder, make sure that Clip Subviews is not checked. UIKit will grow the clipping region as necessary to not clip text.

  2. Use Dynamic Type. This will ensure that you do not have overlapping glyphs in multiline labels or text fields.

If you can’t do 1 and 2 because you implement your own views, you must implement measures not to clip. You can use CoreText to figure out the appropriate clipping region for a line of text by calling:

  • CTLineGetBoundsWithOptions(lineRef, kCTLineBoundsIncludeLanguageExtents);

To avoid overlapping glyphs in multiline text elements, adjust the line height. An additional 30% is recommended.

This measure will also help your app perform better in other languages, including Arabic, Hindi, and Vietnamese.

Fixed in beta 4

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

Game Center

Fixed in beta 4

Swiping or tapping a Game Center friend request notification anywhere automatically accepts the friend request.



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.

iCloud Drive


  • All containers used by CloudKit applications will be emptied.

  • Document storage containers created using the UIDocument class in iOS 7 are not yet available for use with iCloud Documents through Xcode 6 beta or in the Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles section of Member Center. These containers will be migrated in an upcoming beta and associated with your existing App IDs.

Fixed in beta 4

iCloud Drive may not be correctly enabled on a second device after signing in via Buddy or Settings.

Known Issue

URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier: might return nil when running your application in Xcode. If so, open System Preferences, navigate to iCloud > iCloud Drive, and enable Xcode.

iCloud Keychain

Fixed in beta 4

After changing an iCloud account password, you may notice an “iCloud Keychain has been reset” message.

Known Issues

  • Initial sync does not work if the approving device is locked when the approval occurs.

    Workaround: Toggle keychain off and then on again.

  • Using the recovery option can leave you in a state where new items added to the keychain do not sync.

    Workaround: Use approval method with other devices unlocked.



Fixed in beta 4

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

    Workaround: Reboot the device.

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

Known Issues

  • If you turn off predictive text in one app and then turn it back on in another, it may not actually be reactivated.

  • Caps Lock may be unexpectedly enabled in text input fields.

    Workaround: Press the Shift key three times.


Known Issue

The following have English strings that are not properly localized in other languages:

  • VoiceOverTouch

  • Sharing

  • ManagedConfiguration

  • AirPortAssistant

  • MapKit

  • SpringboardUIServices

  • AccessibilityBundles

  • Music

Lock Screen

Fixed in beta 4

Location-based recommended apps will not display on the lock screen.


Fixed in beta 4

If you have Send As SMS enabled in Messages settings, the Messages app may periodically become unresponsive.


Known Issue

The Music app may stop responding when downloading an album.


Fixed in beta 4

Content downloaded via NKAssetDownload doesn’t get returned to the app.

Notification Center


The schedule and intended use of widgetPerformUpdateWithCompletionHandler: is intended as a convenient home for all data/model update logic. If implemented, the system will call at opportune times for the widget to update its state, both when Notification Center is visible, as well as in the background. An implementation is required to enable background updates. It’s expected that the widget will perform the work to update asynchronously and off the main thread as much as possible. Widgets should call the argument block when the work is complete, passing the appropriate NCUpdateResult. Widgets should NOT block returning from viewWillAppear: on the results of this operation. Instead, widgets should load cached state in viewWillAppear: in order to match the state of the view from the last viewWillDisappear:, then transition smoothly to the new data when it arrives.



To activate Wi-Fi Calling functionality for T-Mobile (U.S. only), follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.

  • Toggle the Wi-Fi Calling switch to ON.

  • If the carrier does not have the user’s registered emergency address, you will be asked to add it before the feature is activated.

Fixed in beta 4

Call UI may appear on top of the home screen when it is originated from the app switcher.


Fixed in beta 4

  • After upgrading to beta 3, your device may get stuck while uploading photos to iCloud.

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


  • You need to upgrade to beta 3 to use iCloud Photo Library. Betas 1 and 2 no longer support this feature.

  • 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 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.

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.



  • 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 4

Upon upgrade install, Touch ID is disabled for iPhone unlock.

Workaround: Enable iPhone Unlock option in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Known Issue

Updating the iCloud settings screen may appear to hang during setup.

Workaround: Some accounts may have an extra long lag. Wait a couple of minutes and they should complete.


Fixed in beta 4

  • Speaking “Hey, Siri” may fail to launch Siri for subsequent requests if you leave the UI by tapping the home button while Siri is still speaking.

    Workaround: Re-launch Siri with the home button, speak your request, and do not exit the UI until Siri finishes speaking.

  • The “Hey, Siri” feature is not available when Japanese is selected in Settings > General > Siri > Language.


Fixed in beta 4

SpringBoard will crash when a device is locked while viewing a folder.

Workaround: Exit folder before locking the device.

Known Issue

Some projects may launch in portrait when the destination device is in landscape.

Workaround: Rotate the device to portrait and back to landscape to continue in landscape.


Known Issue

Sometimes, loading certain pages or performing a search on the App Store or iTunes Store can be slow.


Fixed in beta 4

On iPhone 4S, Weather is missing its background color, letting the wallpaper see behind the condition animations.

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