by Brent Dirks
August 4, 2014
With the public release date for iOS 8 approaching, Apple is continuing to make refinements with the newest beta version of the software. Released earlier today, iOS 8 beta 5 features a few notable changes. The biggest appear to be in the new Health app. It can now collect spirometry data, which is the amount and speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. That data, for example, can be used to see if someone is experiencing asthma. Along with privacy settings for the app, there is also another option to display the medical ID on the lockscreen. Data can now be exported from Health as well. As you can see above, on the keyboard, users can now toggle on and off the predictive keyboard function. Apple has also revamped the icons for iCloud, iCloud Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, Backup, and Keychain. The Photos app now shows users when their images were last synced to iCloud. To save space on your device, there is also a new option to store the full-resolution photos on the cloud service while only keeping an optimized version on your device. Finally, beta users who also have the latest version of OS X Yosemite installed on their Mac are being asked if they would like to use their phone number for SMS Relay on the Mac. For other news today, see: Former Nike exec is Apple’s new digital marketing director, For the first time, Apple iOS usage slips below Google Android, and Analyst touts key differences between Apple’s two long-rumored ‘iPhone 6’ handsets.