This piece from Mark Gurman is about the fact that the current beta of iOS 8 has quite a few missing pieces and they don’t compare to leaks he got. One expression to sum this up: iterative design. Another expression really useful here to better grasp what is going on: beta software.
iOS 8 is by far one of the most massive update to iOS since its beginning. Nearly everything has been tuned, revised, augmented with a total of 4000 new APIs. One cannot be surprised to see a few pieces that didn’t make the cut for the first beta. iOS 8 is scheduled for release this fall which is after september 20, four months from here. We can expect at least 5-6 betas. We should expect more tweaks here and there, just like we saw during iOS 7 gestation.
A nice one from John Gruber on the subject of iterative design at Apple.
Now a more interesting question: do I prefer the leaked HealthBook back in march or the one currently shipping in iOS 8 beta 1? The leaked version which is pretty much based on the Reminders and Passbook apps seems to offer a better interactive experience. But, what do I know?