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Secret new iOS 8 features let you do something Apple has never allowed before

iOS 8 Features

Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android software are quite similar in some ways, but there are a number of areas where these two leading mobile platforms differ dramatically. One such area pertains to user interface customization — Android’s open nature has allowed for the creation of a wide range of third-party user interface tweaks that help people customize Android to better suit their needs. Apple might never open iOS up quite that much, but secret options in iOS 8 have been uncovered that let users make some big interface customizations for the first time.

Outside of accessibility features such as the ability to increase iOS’s font size or improve contrast to make on-screen elements more visible, Apple does not allow iPhone and iPad users to alter the user interface in iOS. With iOS 8, however, that may change.

Developer Hamza Sood recently posted some screenshots from his Twitter account that show new interface customization options in a hidden menu in iOS 8. Using these options, iPhone and iPad users can tweak the UI to display different fonts and also to show different colors for text colors and highlights.

Sood has revealed a number of other hidden iOS 8 features in the past few days that have been verified.

There is obviously no way to tell at this point if these new customization options will make it through to the public release of iOS 8 this fall, but they could indicate that Apple is at least toying with the idea of giving users more freedom to customize their iOS experiences in order to make the software their own.

For more on Apple’s next-generation mobile platform, check out our iOS hub!

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.