iOS 8 to come with TextEdit and Preview, shown in 'legitimate' screenshots

In a recent rush of iOS 8 rumours, it has come to light that Apple will include versions of TextEdit and Preview, existing stock Mac apps, on the iPhone and iPad. This will help consolidate their vision of the file system that they have been introducing through iCloud.

9to5Mac, who are renowned for their sources, published a report with specifics on Apple's plans for iCloud today, followed by confirmation that leaked screenshots are in fact 'legitimate'. They claim Apple want to push their vision of cloud services through these apps, as currently there is no way to access documents saved to iCloud on a Mac on an iOS device. While allegedly still in early stages of development, the apps are said to built for viewing, not editing, these documents.

The screenshots clearly only include placeholder icons for TextEdit and Preview, but our first glance at a seemingly completed Healthbook icon confirms reports that it will share UI elements with Passbook, an existing app with a similar icon. The 'tips' app remains a mystery addition, but we can speculate that it is some form of reminders app, a user guide, or just an internal application.

Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi has spent much of the past year converging the iOS and OS X software teams, so that they work in tandem across projects, which may be one of the reasons apps are being carried over between the two. At the same time Eddy Cue, who heads up Apple's internet services has been leading his team to develop new cloud storage systems  to improve reliability in addition to helping developers integrate iCloud features into their apps.

Previous reports into iOS 8 have said that the Maps app will also receive an overhaul, which will be a welcome change. The full range of features, however, will likely be announced this summer in Apple's WWDC.

Source: 9to5Mac | Image: Weibo

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OK so I'm calling this as fake. Why on earth would you place Text Edit on there when Apple are quite brazen about pushing everyone over to Page. If you want to take notes then there's notes for that.

Looking at the styling for that icon it's a little close to the edges and the blank spacing is way off. normally placeholder icons, even in beta's are way more refined from that. The text edit paper really doesn't fit in with the design aesthetic of iOS 7

I'm going to cry link bait fodder seeing as this came out just after iOS 7.1. Also must have been a pretty darn big leak because there's no iOS 8 testing going on for developers that I can see and I'm a paid up dev

Most likely fake in my view. Having those apps on iOS doesn't make sense. I would expect more of a iOS Photos/Notes redesign.

Love those classic icons though!

If TextEdit on iOS can only read documents... Maybe it shouldn't be called TextEdit.

Couldn't Notes just be expanded to read iCloud documents? And doesn't Pages already do all that, anyway?

Those screen shots don't seem right to me, those are the exact same icons from the Mac OS. Seems wrong. I'm not on board that these are legit.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Did you even read the article?...

Yes. End to end, all of it, then I gave my opinion.
I don't believe they would use the Mac icons, even as placeholders.

There were confirmed by Apple as legit, so there's no reason to question it.

And a placeholder can be anything, and it probably took them 5 minutes to make those. They won't be used in the end, so it could be a picture of a dog turd for all they care.

Astra.Xtreme said,
There were confirmed by Apple as legit, so there's no reason to question it.

Apple did not confirm these leaked screenshots as legit.
Did you even read the article?

" as currently there is no way to access documents saved to iCloud on a Mac on an iOS device."

Except for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

Here's what I'd like to see in iOS 8:

-Have an undo option for 5 seconds after sending an eMail message.

-Use Bold text Show unread messages.

-Stretch the home screen folders to the bottom so we can see more than 9 apps per sheet.

-Have the Calendar icon tappable in the Notifications Center, so that it takes you directly to that day in the Calendar app.

-Add icons for weather on the lock screen and on Notification center, makes it much easier to read!

-Double tapping on the Assistive Touch should work as double tapping the Home button.

-Long hold a song name in the Music app, adds that song to a "Play Later" list.

-Search within Settings.

-Settings' App list to be Alphabetical.

-Multiple schedules for Do Not Disturb.

-Add different sort options in Notes.

-Make Calendar usable again.

-LOCK SCREEN
Add option to disable Siri *exclusive* (more so than currently) here and disable the ability to put phone on to airplane mode, until it's unlocked. This will help to track the phone should it get stolen.

-Also, if the show is about to lose power or the phone is able to get shut off, make it log this location in iCloud's Find my iPhone app.

Scabrat said,
One step closer to releasing iOS on a CrapBook Air... With a touch screen of course.

Why sound so frustrated?

.Neo said,

Why sound so frustrated?

Long story short, the CBAs I have used (2 of them now for work) have both had awful track pads and I am not a big fan of OSX, though it does do some things nice. My coworks havent had any problems with it but have seen it act up on me =). I think Apple hates me and the feeling is mutual .

And given Cook has been carrying on like a little bey-atch about MS utilizing one OS for desktop and mobile he will have to take his BS marketing to a whole new level not to look like a complete tool once it occurs.

I kind of wish they gave us an option to delete some of these stock apps. I only use iCloud for automatic backups and don't really care for these extra preview apps. Just added bloat.

If I could also get rid of Passbook, Voice Memos, and Newsstand, that would be great.
Wishful thinking though since these apps are undoubtedly integrated throughout the OS.

So I get that iOS 8 is probably in testing in the deepest darkest depths of Apple, which probably explains the icons, but I just don't see the point in these apps.

If someone emails you a PDF you can open it and view it with the built-in helper application, same with Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents, or open with another application on your iDevice.

Surely these apps duplicate functionality of say Pages? Why not just sync TextEdit documents to iCloud and have them available in Pages?

All I ever use Preview for is looking at things or very basic image cropping. I can't see what you would want to sync into Preview

pacmania1982 said,
So I get that iOS 8 is probably in testing in the deepest darkest depths of Apple, which probably explains the icons, but I just don't see the point in these apps.

If someone emails you a PDF you can open it and view it with the built-in helper application, same with Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents, or open with another application on your iDevice.

Surely these apps duplicate functionality of say Pages? Why not just sync TextEdit documents to iCloud and have them available in Pages?

All I ever use Preview for is looking at things or very basic image cropping. I can't see what you would want to sync into Preview


I guess they are out of idwas...or want to add something fresh to make 8 seem different from 7. I agree the constant repeat functions are dumb. But ios is filled with repeat functions. Most web sites for example offer mobile options which makes an app like Facebook and Twitter pretty redundant.

In the case of iOS where you can't choose default apps and you can't remove baked in apps without a jailbreak, I would prefer no bloat of apps I can't use. I get enough of that on my Samsung devices. But at least I can remove them or turn them off. I iOS you are stuck with it...like it or not.

Moving back to iOS 6. iOS 7 kill too much iconic element that we used to. Jony Ive, you have absolutely no clue what you done to the iOS 7 design and just because it has 80% adoption rate doesn't mean it's a satisfactory! If it isn't free!

The photo icon doesn't make any sense. Nobody can figure it out what's that because it fill with 7 different type of color. I just can't believe that there will be a day that i have to disagree with his design. This is just a rubbish design that can design in microsoft word.

Master of Earth said,
Moving back to iOS 6. iOS 7 kill too much iconic element that we used to. Jony Ive, you have absolutely no clue what you done to the iOS 7 design and just because it has 80% adoption rate doesn't mean it's a satisfactory! If it isn't free!

The photo icon doesn't make any sense. Nobody can figure it out what's that because it fill with 7 different type of color. I just can't believe that there will be a day that i have to disagree with his design. This is just a rubbish design that can design in microsoft word.


Are we still in 2013? iOS 7 happened along with these icons, and people knew where to go for the photos.

Not wanting to be an ass or anything, but get over it already. iOS 7's UI is here to stay. There are plenty of other platforms out there to choose from if you don't like it.

And just because someone COPIED the icons in Microsoft Word doesn't mean they were drawn in it...

i have change all icon back in iOS 7 but can't change the UI such as the settings button. Because it doesn't give you a feeling it's a button. I have the shsh and still considering whether or not to downgrade.

When you're not able to count correctly, please don't comment on OS design. There are 8 colors in the photo icon. 9 if you include white, 25 if you also include 2 or more colors overlapping each other.

Anyway, the game center icon looks horrible in combination with the others.

Master of Earth said,
Moving back to iOS 6. iOS 7 kill too much iconic element that we used to. Jony Ive, you have absolutely no clue what you done to the iOS 7 design and just because it has 80% adoption rate doesn't mean it's a satisfactory! If it isn't free!

The photo icon doesn't make any sense. Nobody can figure it out what's that because it fill with 7 different type of color. I just can't believe that there will be a day that i have to disagree with his design. This is just a rubbish design that can design in microsoft word.

80% adoption rate is certainly a sign of success, far more credible than claiming 200 million sales of something is a success when it's adoption rate is far lower than previous versions.

I work as a manager in a large retail chain and I have not heard one single complaint from any customer about ios7 since its release.

I don't even bother to count dude because i know there are probably 7-8 different type of color. So i changed all the icon once used it for 3 month and my god it just showed how abysmal the default icon has became.

warwagon said,
That icon needs work.

Please read the article:

The screenshots clearly only include placeholder icons for TextEdit and Preview