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iOS 8 may be missing a number of features

Apple may be forced to drop a number of key new features for iOS 8, according to recent rumours.

The company’s next Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is being held in San Francisco next month, when the new mobile OS is expected to be introduced. However, iOS 8 may have to be scaled back significantly.

That’s according to 9to5Mac’s sources, which claim that the development of OS X 10.10 is largely to blame.

It’s said that Apple’s next desktop OS will represent an end-to-end redesign, which is requiring all hands on deck to complete. To that end, Apple has redeployed many of its iOS UI resources to OS X.

It seems as if OS X is having its own iOS 7 moment, both in terms of the scale of the changes being made and the flat nature of its new UI design.

As for iOS 8, it’s claimed that a number of its new features will now skip to the next version, which instantly makes iOS 8.1 all the more interesting.

Among the new features rumoured for iOS 8 that might be for the chop (or at least the delay) are the new Healthbook application, which will apparently pull together all the health information from various apps and fitness devices.

Siri should also be getting some attention, with Shazam song recognition software set to be integrated into the personal assistant software.

New TextEdit and Preview apps are also rumoured, while iTunes Radio could get its own stand-alone application. Maps is also set to be improved with public transport directions, if reports are to be believed.

The question is, which of these will make the cut for iOS 8?

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