Monday March 10th saw the release of iOS 7.1, an update that brought a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements and overall improvements to the iPhone, iPad and iPod. There are now indications that Apple is set to release a further update in the shape of iOS 7.1.1 in the very near future.
Most people’s attention though, is now focused on iOS 8. Apple has officially announced the dates and venue for the World Wide Developers Conference 2014 and it is expected that iOS 8 will be unveiled during the keynote speech, followed very shortly afterwards by the release of the first beta to developers.
Unless anything goes drastically wrong or they choose to change their release schedule, iOS 8 should be made available to the public sometime in September with the iPhone 6, Apple’s new flagship iPhone that is rumored to have a 4.7” display.
Image : Healthbook on iOS 8
On the subject of iOS 8, as time pulls on, more and more rumors, predictions and leaks are appearing, giving us an idea of what we may be able to expect, come June 2nd. We have seen leaked screenshots of the home screen, with icons for HealthBook, TextEdit, Preview and Tips apps.
We have images that purport to be of the front panel of a larger screen iPhone, a battery and several case moldings, alongside a set of schematics showing a larger than normal device.
There have been a large number of iOS 8 concepts in the past few months, as well as those depicting the iPhone 6 and the iWatch on iOS 8.
Image : iOS 8 Leaked Screenshots
The maps app is said to be getting a serious overhaul, with the inclusion of augmented reality and public transit directions, as well as better POIs and indoor mapping as well.
Popular Mac apps, TextEdit and Preview, are being produced for iOS 8, allowing for better data transfer between the two operating systems. Inter-app communication is reportedly being improved, allowing users to share data between apps without having to keep flicking between them.
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All of this is rumor and speculation at this stage because Apple has not issued any information about the upcoming firmware. At last year’s WWDC, the keynote speech was streamed live and, if the same is to happen this year, we will notify you of the time it will be available in your area.
UPDATE 1 : 23/01/2015
iOS 8 is now well and truly underway. Released on September 17th 2014, the latest firmware is currently on iOS 8.1.2, with iOS 8.1.3 and 8.2 both in beta at the moment. iOS 8 brought several new features to the table, including the Health app, support for third party keyboards and many more features besides. As per the rumors, we also got the 4.7” iPhone 6 and the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus and there are 3 new jailbreaks to choose from, covering all versions of iOS 8 to date.
UPDATE 2 : 29/01/2015
iOS 8.1.3 was released just over a day ago and brings with it a number of bug fixes, the usual improvements to the speed, performance and stability of your iOS device and a couple of new features, including a much needed reduction in the amount of space required for the software updates. Unfortunately, it has also patched up, not just one, but all of the last three iOS 8 jailbreaks. Users who do want to update can find instructions here but, obviously, jailbreakers should stay away.