Apple is considering removing the standalone Game Center app in iOS 8, as well as making changes to Notification Center. Tweaks to Messages, CarPlay, and Voice Memos could also arrive on the update, which is expected to launch later this year, according to 9to5Mac.
In iOS 7, Notification Center includes three main view screens: “Today,” “All,” and “Missed.” Apple’s iOS 8 may only include two views: “Today,” and “Notifications.” The latter “would combine all notifications with missed notifications, making the overall experience simpler.”
The “little-used” Game Center app could be going bye-bye on both iOS 8 and the successor to OS X Mountain Lion. The social gaming service will remain, however, but only in the actual games.
CarPlay, which was introduced in iOS 7.1, only works over a Lightning cable. In iOS 8, Wi-Fi support may be added for certain vehicles.
Meanwhile, Messages users may soon have the option to remove threads using an auto-delete feature. This would save iOS device storage space, currently “clogged up by old Messages threads.”
Finally, “Apple is said to be working on and testing functionality that would allow apps from the App Store to better communicate. An API is being developed for apps to be able to share data.” The report cautions this API has been in development “for the past couple of years,” making it “plausible that Apple could, again, choose to hold back the functionality.”
Apple is likely to unveil iOS 8 in June at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
For other recent iOS 8 stories, see: Leaked iOS 8 Screenshots Show New Icons For Healthbook, TextEdit, Preview, Two Mac Applications Could Soon Make The Jump To Apple’s iOS, Big Changes Coming To Apple’s Maps App In iOS 8, and Is Separating iTunes Radio From Apple’s Music App The Right Way To Go?