Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates

Seems like iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 are already in development
Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates

If you’ve been in tune with all the recent Apple iOS news, you’d know that the iOS 8.0.1 update the tech giant rolled out last week was more of a disaster than anything else. Although, Apple’s looking to rectify issues that have cropped up as a result of this update.

But that’s not the only thing it’s working on – apparently it’s already hard at work on the upcoming three major iOS 8 upgrades (iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3) for its i-devices such as iPhones and iPads.

According to 9to5Mac, a developer of a “major hardware-connected iOS application” has confirmed this by sharing some analytics, indicating that these versions are being tested in Cupertino.

9to5Mac has also done a test of its own on its Google Analytics page, which shows visitors using iOS 8.1 have been visiting the site months before iOS 8 was launched, while iOS 8.2 and 8.3 visits started appearing after iOS 8’s reveal.

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Apple looks like it’s breaking tradition with its upgrades, if this rumour proves to be true. Since iOS 5 in 2011, any major new iOS versions were put out in Q3, with a major update following it up in Q1 the following year. But with this, it seems Apple has a different development schedule.

Unfortunately, not much information on what exactly these various upgrades might hold was mentioned but sources say there will be significant improvements to Maps in addition to a new iPad split screen mode and activating the NFC-based Apple Pay service.

Oh, and not to mention a possible update in “early 2015” for its iPhones to pair with Apple Watch. Going by the looks of it, these upgrades could come as soon as next quarter or Q1 next year. 

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[Source: 9to5Mac