iOS 14 Beta 8 – The home stretch..

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

What's up guys my name is brandon and i've been using ios 14 at beta 8 for a few days now and as i always do i wanted to give you guys a follow-up update on how the software has been running for me on multiple devices including this iphone 11 pro the ipad pro the iphone 11 pro max and the 2020 iphone se which by the way if you guys have not seen my 2020 iphone se 5 months later review which i just uploaded this past week make sure to check that out it is linked up in the cards above and also down in

The description below but anyways of course this video is all about ios 14 beta 8. so before we discuss the performance and the battery life and the bugs and the bug fixes let's go over some additional new features and changes that i did not cover in my initial what's new video so now in beta 8 we can finally set the default browser and mail application so as of right now it's only the browsers you can only do it with google chrome at the moment because

This is actually not an ios 14 beta 8 feature it's always been embedded in ios 14 but it has to do with the applications and the developers supporting this feature with ios 14 and google chrome is the first one to do it for the browsers and as of right now we don't have any mail applications like gmail or outlook or any of those email clients none of them have updated their application yet to be used in ios 14 as a default app

But if you do have the google chrome application installed and then head over to settings and then go down until you see chrome right here once you tap on that you will see right here we have a default browser app and you can change this from safari to chrome which is nice so now if you get like a text message with a link or if you go on twitter and click on a link it will now open up in chrome by default instead of safari so here's a link from twitter if i go ahead and tap on that and then go ahead and press the

Bottom right to open in safari you can see there it shows up and opens in google chrome instead of safari because we have that setting changed right here now like i said this is not available for mail applications yet but we should see updates very soon to applications like maybe spark and gmail and then you'll be able to use those as your default mail client instead of the mail application and this could just be the beginning for default applications hopefully in the future we get

The ability to use something like waze as our default maps application that would be nice and of course maybe spotify instead of apple music but i don't really see that one happening but we could see more in the future but as for ios 14 it's just the web browser and the mail for now another change in ius 14 beta 8 is if we go into the music and into the now playing section we actually get a dim background when we enable dark mode so the background you'll notice

Dims it's a very subtle change and you'd really have to take two pictures side by side to see this difference and that's actually how i found out about it it was on reddit so shout out to a reddit user on the ius beta subreddit but you will notice a slightly more dim and little darker background in the now playing section when you have dark mode enabled also if we go into the shortcuts application here in beta 8 and go to one of our shortcuts right here tap the three dots you will see we

Have a new toggle here for show and sleep mode and this was not there in beta 7 or any previous beta and this is new inside of the shortcuts application so this is just going to allow you to show these specific shortcuts inside of sleep mode and not just bedtime mode so there is a difference between bedtime and like when it's preparing you for sleep mode and actual sleep mode so i've seen a little bit of confusion about that and also in beta 8 we have seen improvements to both back tap and

Face id so i've seen multiple people talk about the performance being improved with face id so some people are saying it's faster some are saying it just scans their face more accurately and then also we have more back tap improvements which of course is the feature inside of settings and if we go to our accessibility up here accessibility and then down to touch and then all the way down to back tap this of course is the feature where you can double tap or triple tap the back your phone to invoke certain actions this has gotten better

Throughout the betas and it's gotten even better in beta eights so that is good news for those of you who use the backtap feature which is very handy now as far as bug fixes go we do have a few bug fixes in beta 8 that i was waiting to see if they've been fixed so i did mention these in my beta 8 what's new video and i also mentioned them in beta 7 in both my beta 7 videos but the messages bugs have been completely fixed now in beta 8. so i now have no issues with the

Quick reactions or text messages disappearing so i showed you guys in my last video that sometimes the other person i'm texting their text would just completely disappear and it would only show my bubbles inside of the text conversation until i force close out of the application but i've not had that happen one time here on beta 8 and i've also had no issue with reacting to messages quickly also on ipad os 14

Beta 8 these small icons that showed up in beta 7 on the ipad have been fixed so that was a really weird bug where it basically would just show small icons like iphone sized icons on the ipad that has been fixed in beta 8 as expected also in beta 8 we now get the ability to have a blank page again so if you move all your applications over to one page you can have a blank page on the springboard which a lot of people seem to like in previous betas and they took it away

In beta 7 and added the ability back here in beta 8. now we did have a lot of bug fixes but there are still some remaining bugs here in beta eight and the first one i want to talk about is a laggy keyboard so i saw a lot of people on my recent videos talking about their keyboard lagging in ios 14 and pretty much all the betas but the thing is there's also been people reporting this on ios 13. so that makes me think that this is not an issue with ios 14 but it's just an issue overall with ios

And it may actually be a user issue so maybe the user just doesn't have a lot of storage space so their device is just laggy as is and it has nothing to do with the software itself or it's just you know completely software based and it has to do with you know ios 13 and ios 14 and maybe it's not just the user so i'm not sure i have not had a laggy keyboard at all in ios 14 since ios 14 beta 2 and that was when a lot more people reported it but there are still some people reporting a laggy keyboard

Here in beta 8 but once again it is not an issue with ios 14 beta 8 because i have had a lot of people report that in ios 13.7 as well now one bug that has popped up in beta 8 is widgets randomly disappearing so i had some people report to me that their widgets would sometimes just completely disappear until they locked their device and unlocked it and some people had to reboot their device before the widget showed back up so that is a strange bug

And that is just a very minor one that i'm sure will be fixed in the gm build which is coming next and i'll talk about that a little bit later but that is one bug that i saw a couple of people mentioning now speaking of widgets i did also see some people talk about the shortcuts widget giving them some issues so basically when you would change pages and go back it would kind of just flash and show either a new shortcut or it would just flash in and out of that shortcut and it would still be kind of finicky so

Seems like there are still some fixes to be made to the widgets now also another issue in beta 8 which was brought to my attention by quinn over at snazzy labs you can see here he said this on twitter he said heads up ios 14 beta 8 makes using your iphone as an actual telephone very bad and he went on to actually reply to somebody with what he means he said that he can't hear callers and vice versa switched output mid call some calls answered immediately dropped so basically he would have

Dropped calls when he would try to switch the output it would bug out and he also said that it switched the output device mid calls maybe if he had something connected it would kind of just switch to that and then switch back to his phone i'm not sure but i've not had any issues with this at all in ios 14 since like the first beta i believe or maybe the second beta i've not had issues with phone calls at all but it seems like some people still are

Another bug that i've seen on beta 8 has to do with the weather widget and the weather application so if you have your weather widget set to current location and not a specific location then if you click on it sometimes it will not show any of the effects in the background so like if it was raining it would not show the rain and if it was like you know starry night or something like that it wouldn't show the stars unless you had it set to a specific location and not your current location so just a

Very weird bug there that will definitely be fixed in the next beta but that is just a strange very minor bug with the weather application and the weather widget and then also some pre-existing automations inside of the shortcuts application still do not work properly so my wake up alarm right here basically when it tells me the weather and things like that is not working properly in ios 14. i have to make a new one for it to work i have to kind of just replicate that

And then it works so that is still a bug in ios 14 beta 8 and at this point i don't think it's going to be fixed you're basically just going to have to set up new automations if they do not work which is kind of disappointing now as far as the performance goes performance on beta 8 is terrific of course this is the best beta yet and of course that's how it pretty much always goes the later on you get the more stable it is and the better of a beta it is but this has an a at the end of the

Build number which does usually indicate that it's probably going to be the most solid beta that we've had yet so yeah performance is great i've really had no lockups i've had no random resprings really nothing i don't have the keyboard lag like some people are reporting i really have no issues whatsoever on ios 14 beta 8. same with ipad os 14 beta 8. no issues on the ipad at all seems like the ipad has been more stable for me than ios has been from the get-go but of course ios has caught up and it

Doesn't have near as many bugs as it did within the first few betas now as far as battery life goes beta8 is also the best for battery life just like the performance and that's really expected with an a build and after eight bit as you would expect the battery life to be as good as it gets on ios 14. now the gm and the final version could have better battery life but i'm willing to bet that it's going to be exactly the same as beta 8. there could be a slight improvement in the gm

But usually you don't see too drastic of a difference in battery life going from something late like a beta 8 to the final version so if we're going to get more battery life enhancements and things like that and fix this to that it's probably going to be in like 14.1 14.2 and versions like that so i've had no issues and i've seen a lot of people in my comments talking about how great their battery life is on a wide range of devices including the iphone 6s and the iphone 7

Which is good to see and the iphone 10r because those three specifically did have battery life issues early on in the ios 14 beta cycle so now let's go ahead and take a look at the community poll and see how ios 14 beta 8 has been for you guys so as you can see here i asked how has ios 14 and beta 8 been for you and 30 percent said excellent no annoying bugs 12 percent said good just some minor bugs three percent said decent buggy and bad battery one percent said

Terrible they had to downgrade and 53 are not on ios 14 yet and if we compare that to beta 7 so we had 30 for excellent 24 for excellent on beta 7 and beta 6 was just 15 so massive improvements here that you guys are reporting so 15 to 24 to now 30 percent of people are having an excellent experience on beta 8. so that is just great to see and really proves that these versions are getting a lot more stable with time just as they should be so now let's go

And talk about some of these comments let's go and mention some of these comments here so somebody said the only thing is the shortcuts widget always repopulating for half a second whenever switching home screen pages or scrolling through the smart stack but nothing annoying in performance is amazing so yes i did mention that issue with the shortcuts widgets performance has been good for me on the iphone 10r ultra shot says well to be honest i would say that it has been less buggy this update and also

A bug i realized is some images stickers and other extensions would open up but would just freeze on the keyboard section so somebody else also talking about the keyboard lagging and it seems like they may be using a third-party keyboard i'm not sure but that could also be one thing to consider if you are having lag maybe it's because you're not using the default keyboard or it's just filled up with stickers i'm not too sure because i've had no issues with that so my suit here said battery life is great

On the iphone 11 and speed wise it's pretty good as well nick gaming says that he's using the iphone 7 and everything is outstanding that is great to hear from iphone 7 users baboo here says i couldn't add a card for my payments on app store had to downgrade to ios 13. that definitely does not sound like an issue with ios 14 but i could be wrong there beta 8 is running amazing on my iphone 7 so another iphone 7 user nikki here battery life has been improved yet again and is no longer draining overnight

Every app i've installed is working perfectly fine again and performance is also amazing can't wait for the final release so great news there for iphone 7 users it seems like the performance of battery life have really picked up here with these latest betas so far it's running flawlessly on my iphone 11. good to hear another iphone 7 user reporting a great experience here in beta 8. i'm on the iphone 6s and this beta has been great from battery life to performance everything feels solid and

Good so you can see there are good amount of people agreeing with him there with 11 likes and here is bingpod who always leaves a nice detailed comment on these posts so i appreciate you being pot he said that he's running this on his 10r battery life has been pretty much the same for the last few betas but not totally back to where it was in ios 13. i would agree with that battery life is not as good as ios 13 but it is close and he's reporting an issue here where he had the flashlight and the camera buttons

Both disappear on the lock screen so i've not had that at all i don't think in any ios version but he is having that the keyboard has stuttered or lagged when typing sometimes so that is what a lot of people have also reported on there he says the clock widget sunrise sunset feature still doesn't properly work when date and time is set to automatic but he's testing it with that off and then also he says that when you open the app switcher some widgets like the clock widget

And the weather widget like increase in brightness or illuminate white however i've noticed that the battery widget does not do this and thus remains normal it's more apparent to see when you have no apps open and try to do this so some pretty good insight on some bugs that some users are reporting here and i'll just read a couple more of these if you guys want to read all of them of course you can go over to the community tab and read all of those my volume on my iphone

10s max changes on its own why that is definitely not an issue with ios 14 maybe you have an apple watch or you know something else that's controlling the volume maybe you're accidentally hitting the crown on your apple watch i'm not sure but that does not sound like an ios 14 issue to me tony here said that he noticed a pretty significant lag after getting off a facetime call yesterday and his phone got super warm and he had to close out of all applications afterwards it performed just fine though

So interesting there i've not had really any issues with facetime in quite a while good so far on the iphone 10 battery almost there minor bugs one or two times that's it so some great reviews there of ios 14 beta 8. i like to read your guys's comments as well to kind of see where everybody else stands and i get a lot more insight than just myself and my devices since everybody uses their device differently so thank you to everybody who left a comment on that it really does help out

With these videos so now when can we expect the next ios 14 beta so of course we are on that one week cycle so we can expect ios 14 beta 9 which will very likely be the gm or the golden master version we can expect that on the week of the 14th but of course apple does have that special event on the 15th at 1 pm eastern standard time so i would expect ios 14 gm to be released either during or after that event so we could probably expect the gm build on the 15th and i also will be

Live streaming apple's events i'm just going to be live streaming basically my reaction so they don't take down the video but if you guys want to hang out with me and talk about what's new with the apple products be sure to join that make sure to have the notifications clicked on my channel and also follow me on twitter i will tweet out when i am live now as far as the ius 14 official release we could probably expect that the following week so the week of the 21st

Sometime between the 21st and the 23rd is when we can probably expect to see the final version of ios 14 if not then we will definitely see it on the week of the 28th so the final week of september and that final week of september does lead into october which is when we'll see the new iphones get announced and possibly released and those new iphones will of course be released with ios 14.1 since ios 14 will be released before the new iphone so strange things happening this year with

Apple of course because of the whole pandemic and things like that it put a delay on a lot of the manufacturing with the iphones but yeah guys that is ios 14 and beta 8 by far the best beta yet and there's really not too many things that need to be fixed there are some of course i mentioned those in this video but some of them also don't have to do with just specifically ios 14 like the keyboard lag and things like that but hopefully we do get a lot of fixes in the gm build as well i am expecting that but as far as the

Performance and battery life it's probably going to be about the same just a heads up for you guys but of course i will make a video when that does come out just in case anything else is changed but yeah let me know how ios 14 beta 8 has been for you also on the ipad let me know how it is on ipad os 14 beta 8. let me know down in the comment section below and if you guys enjoyed this video i would appreciate if you give it a thumbs up and of course make sure you guys subscribe so you don't miss my live stream

On the 15th and of course all future ios 14 coverage but anyways guys thanks again for watching and i'll see you soon you

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