iOS 8 Tidbits: Time-Lapse Mode, Request Desktop Site, and Grayscale Mode, and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    During yesterday's keynote, Apple packed a ton of information on iOS 8 into a short period of time, showing off a multitude of new features like interactive notifications, QuickType predictive text, enhancements to group messages, new family sharing options, and more.

    Given the time constraints, many new iOS 8 changes went under the radar and while we detailed a few of these yesterday, now that iOS 8 has been downloaded on thousands of developer devices, even more minor additions to the operating system have come to light. Our forum members and iOS 8 users on Twitter have detailed a huge number of the new changes, and we've catalogued the more interesting improvements below.

    Share sheet customizations - When sharing an image, website, or other type of media, users can now customize their sharing options. The list of apps where content can be shared can be rearranged and disabled, as can the media options like Copy, Print, and AirPlay. Some sheet icons also have a new look that eliminates the black border in iOS 7.

    Request desktop site in Safari - As noted by a Twitter user, Safari now includes an option to "Request Desktop Site," which will load the desktop version of a site rather than the mobile version.

    Time-Lapse mode for Camera - The Camera app has gained a new Time-Lapse mode, which captures a series of images and then compiles them into a time-lapse video. There are also new manual exposure controls, which allow exposure to be selected when taking a photo, and a self-timer mode that can be set for three or 10 seconds.

    DuckDuckGo search - Users can now opt to select DuckDuckGo as their default search option in Safari. DuckDuckGo is known for its anti-tracking stance, opting not to profile its users.

    iBooks - iBooks now comes preinstalled on iOS devices with iOS 8. Previously, it was a separate download in the App Store. There's also a new auto night mode and an organization option to group books from a series together.

    Messages - Along with several improvements to group message management, there are now options to remove stored messages after a set period of time of 30 days or one year, which will allow users who have extensive iMessage threads to free up valuable space. When adding an image to a message, there's a new feature displaying recent photos for quick insertion.

    Photos - The Photos app has received new organizational options, including two albums for "Recently Added" and "Recently Deleted." The Recently Deleted section temporarily displays images that have been removed from the app in case of accidental deletion. The date and time a photo was taken is also displayed.

    WiFi Calling - iOS will include an option for WiFi calling, allowing users to place calls over WiFi instead of cellular when connected to a WiFi network, saving minutes and data. Several carriers, including T-Mobile, have already announced support for the feature.

    Grayscale mode - There are several new Accessibility options, including a new "Grayscale" mode that shifts the entire operating system into shades of black and white. There's also Improved Zoom option.

    Keep up with all of the new changes introduced with iOS 8 on our forums, where our readers are discussing and sharing a seemingly endless number of feature enhancements and tweaks in the "iOS 8, All The Little Things" thread.

    Article Link: iOS 8 Tidbits: Time-Lapse Mode, Request Desktop Site, and Grayscale Mode, and More
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Vancouver, Canada
    Grayscale mode could be interesting if it allows a dramatic improvement in battery life.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    Camera features

    I'm liking those new camera features.

    Didn't I see something about a self-timer yesterday too?

  5. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Request desktop site will be massively helpful when dealing with easily distracted servers:

  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I doubt it, unless there's a significant difference in backlight usage.

    I'm happy for request desktop site. It's one of the few reasons I'll jump over to Chrome on my phone.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    iOS definitely needs that new dark mode of Yosemite.
  8. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yep, there's a self timer. Can set it for three seconds or 10 seconds.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Wifi calling (if implemented by AT&T) will be a godsend! We get no cell signal at work. Our coworkers with T-Mobile and Samsung phones already enjoy this feature.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    Haha because displaying gray pixels requires less power than color ones? It's about how bright the backlight is, not the color of the lcd pixels!
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    iOS 8 is truly going to be a great update. If only iOS 7 never came out and instead iOS 8 blended with iOS 6.
  12. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    so i wont be able to delete iBooks? ugh off to the "apple trash" folder you go (thx god there r pages within folders since ios7)
  13. macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Love the request desktop site feature.


    I want to know more about the camera app and the burst mode feature
  14. macrumors 603


    What carriers support wifi calling? Specifically.

    How is VoIP done now as is?

  15. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    I really hope the "request desktop" button works. The only thing worse than a poorly designed mobile website is a poorly designed mobile website that doesn't offer a way to the real website. Atomic Web Browser used to be good about tricking sites, but it has apparently been abandoned by the developer, so now I'm stuck being screwed by bad web developers/designers.
  16. macrumors 601

    Oct 23, 2010
    What does it mean several carriers? What are they? T-Mobile is only one carrier. I guess AT&T and friends realized they could alleviate much of the pain and congestion on their networks by letting people make wifi calls or have they. LOL! SMDH! T-Mobile wants my business and I may have to give it to them.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Anyone else notice the new "extensions" pane in system preferences on Yosemite?

    Anyone else have System 7 extension conflict flashbacks? :eek:

    I am sure it is very different, but still…
  18. macrumors 68000


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Anybody know if you can apply those photo effects (adjustments) demoed during the keynote to video too???
  19. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Love, love, love the request desktop site feature! Never thought we'd get that. :eek:
  20. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Agreed. Gives it a modern yet retro look. Haha. I'll definitely be sporting the grayscale for at least a few days
  21. macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2003
    Request Desktop Version was one of the reasons I kept using Chrome on iOS. I need it almost daily. This is a dry welcome addition.
    (Especially since moving to the iOS 8 DP, Chrome won't stay open for very long)
  22. macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Auto-night mode in iBooks sounds nice. I wish they would add an auto-lock in portrait mode option too since that's the only app I consistently use that way...
  23. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Isnt this audio face time?
    Edit: Oh wait so it will go to wifi if your on wifi?
  24. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    The photos app is a big disappointment for me in its current iteration. I have a lot events in iPhoto on my Mac that disappeared in photos. When I did try to resync them, it just bunched them all together under the recently added section.

    I understand that iPhoto for iOS isn't supported yet, but I am hoping that there is a way to communicate to iPhoto on the desktop as the beta process matures. I am guessing that they will probably make you have iPhoto on iOS to see iPhoto on Mac events.

    Photos is the biggest reason why I downgraded back to iOS 7. That and the fact that quick reply is useless for me since I have message preview turned off. No point in quick replying to something that I have no idea what the message is.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Truth! This is a feature I've wished for for forever. I hate this. I almost never want to see a crippled mobile site. My iPhone has a great display and smooth zoom for a reason.

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