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iOS 8.1 Beta 2 Release Notes

iOS 8.1 beta 2 Release Notes

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers for testing purposes. Now keep in mind that Apple released a few days ago released iOS 8.0.2 due to bugs introduced within iOS 8.0.1. The beta arrives as build number 12B407.

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Notes and Known Issues

Document Providers


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

  • The com.apple.developer.icloud-container-identifiers entitlement will be required when iOS 8 is released.

Known Issues

  • 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.



  • Extensions need an arm64 slice to run on 64-bit devices. If you try to run the armv7 slice on a 64-bit device it won’t work.

  • Apps need to have an arm64 slice if the bundle contains a framework that both the app and the app extension link against.

Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

Background delivery of HealthKit data does not work as expected.



Mail handoff and AirDrop may stop working after changing your iCloud password at appleid.apple.com.

Workaround: Sign out and back into iCloud on the device.

iCloud Backup

Known Issue

After restoring from iCloud backup you may be unable to sync new music or movie content from iTunes.


Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

  • Network access gets disabled after adding a new keyboard from the same bundle.

  • Custom Keyboards may go blank after app switching.

Known Issue

3rd party keyboards may not appear in Safari, Maps or 3rd party apps on the Simulator.

Workaround: Keyboards should be testable in Calendar, Spotlight, Contacts, and Photos.


Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

Applying the Allow Account Modification restriction to a device with no mail accounts configured will still allow a user to create a Mail account by launching the Mail app.



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.



  • Maintain a backup of your photo library before enabling and while using iCloud Photo Library beta by:

    • Importing to your Mac using iPhoto

    • Importing to your Mac using Image Capture

  • iCloud Photo Library beta will not download photos and videos that were synced to your device from iTunes. Any photos and videos synced to your device from iTunes will be removed when you enable iCloud Photo Library beta.

  • 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.

Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

The ability to automatically optimize device space is enabled for all accounts larger than 5GB.

Known Issues

  • If iCloud Photo Library beta is enabled, Settings -> iCloud -> Photos may crash.

    Workaround: Use Settings -> Photos & Camera to manage settings for Photos.

  • The ability to automatically optimize device space is enabled for all accounts larger than 5GB.

  • When using iCloud Family Sharing, both iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are enabled.

Provisioning Profiles

Known Issue

If you have upgraded to the 8.1 Beta from iOS 8 betas you may see your apps crashing due to provisioning profile issues.


  1. Connect the device via USB to your Mac

  2. Launch Xcode

  3. Choose Window -> Devices

  4. Right click on the device in left column, choose “Show Provisioning Profiles”

  5. Click on the provisioning profile in question

  6. Press the “-” button

  7. Continue to removing all affected profiles.

  8. Re-install the app

Speech Synthesis

Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

AVSpeechSynthesizer may not work.

Workaround: If you don’t hear speech in a particular language or dialect, go Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech >Voices >Language and download the Enhanced Quality voice for that language/dialect.


Fixed in iOS 8.1 Beta

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

Wi-Fi Calling (T-Mobile US only)


The carrier name in the status bar will show “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” when the device is able to make and receive Wi-Fi calls.


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