iOS 8 Release Date and Device Compatibility Speculations

With Apple having officially announced this year’s WWDC, speculation now turns to iOS 8.  Will it be unveiled at WWDC? When will it be released? And, perhaps more importantly, which devices will receive support ?

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Discussions on Apple forums seems to be pretty conclusive as to what people are expecting to see. It is pretty certain the iOS 8 will be unveiled on June 2nd at the keynote speech of WWDC 2014 with the first beta released almost immediately afterwards.

As to actual release date, the general consensus of opinion is that it will be pushed out to the public in September, as has happened with the last few releases of new firmwares, possibly alongside the iPhone 6.

Device support has caused a little bit of a split with there being a number of differences of opinions, none of which are either right or wrong at this stage.  In general, it is thought that the iPhone 4 will definitely not receive support and will be dropped from the line-up.

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Opinion is divided on the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, with some feeling both will be dropped and others saying that they will receive one final year of support.   The iPod Touch 5 seems to make the cut, as does the iPad Mini in some opinions. However, if both of these receive support then both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S should as well because of similar or identical hardware.

It is likely that, if the older models do receive iOS 8 support, it will be with a severe lack of features, as was the case with iOS 7.

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The newer models – the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 will definitely receive support, which goes without saying.

Speculation is rife about the release of the iPhone 6 – if it is released in 2 different sizes as rumor has it, then developers may not be too impressed at having to provide app support for 3 or 4 different screen resolutions and sizes.

However, in all likelihood, Apple will keep the same screen density to make things easier for app developers. One additional school of thought is that Apple generally provides support for a 2-year life cycle plus one additional year for those who buy the older models a little later on. Based on all of this we can hope to see the following:

Definite iOS 8 Support:

  • iPhone 5/5S/5C
  • iPad Air/Mini 2

Possible iOS 8 Support with limited Features:

  • iPad 3
  • iPad Mini 1
  • iPod Touch 5
  • iPhone 4S

Most Likely Dropped:

  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 4

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