Apple updated the iOS 8 Beta today to Beta 2. This article gives a quick update on my first observations and some useful links to learn more about iOS 8.
For iOS 8 Beta installation steps, tips and more check out my blog article How To Safely Test iOS 8 Beta. Also check out all articles on iOS 8 in this blog.
Easy To Upgrade
As with iOS 7 Betas, the iOS 8 Betas are easy to upgrade over the air using the standard method to upgrade iOS via the Settings app under General > Software Update.
The download is small but expect the install to take quite a while. On my iPad Air (the latest model) the install process, which runs on the device, took longer than it took my MacBook to download and install the Yosemite Dev Preview 2 update - over 30 minutes. Not a big deal really, but worth noting. And worth the wait.
Updates In Place - No Restore Needed
As with other beta updates and most iOS released version updates, the iOS 8 Beta 2 update installed in place and did not require a restore because the update wiped the device.
Faster and More Stable
No major shocker, Beta 2 is faster and more stable. The first Beta of iOS 8 took a performance hit - to be expected as the first iOS 7 beta also felt sluggish and the iOS 7 beta 2 also had a noticeable performance improvement.
The iOS 8 Beta 1 had some stability problems with built in apps like Apple Maps, Mail, etc. To be expected. So far in Beta 2 many of those issues that I encountered seem to be corrected.
Here are some links to some great articles on iOS 8 Features - listed in the order I suggest you read them:
- MacRumors iOS 8 Beta 2 Tidbits has the latest coverage on Beta 2's new features.
- 9to5Mac article on iOS Beta 2 includes a detailed change log.
- MacRumors iOS 8: New Features roundup page currently contains Beta 1 feature info.
- MacRumors iOS 8 roundup page is their general iOS 8 page, currently 4 days old.