Apple released iOS 8 earlier this month, which was quickly followed by the release of a pair of minor updates to squash bugs from its mobile operating system. And now we are already seeing evidence that the company is working on some larger updates, namely iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3, 9to5Mac reports.
The publication found evidence of the new operating system updates in its own traffic analytics and data from some of its sources. It seems that Apple testers have been surfing the Web with the new operating system on their device since mid-September. The volume of traffic from iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3 visits is comparatively much lower than iOS 8.1, which is understandable since the 8.1 is being worked on more aggressively at this point. Just this morning, the company released iOS 8.1 update to developers. This is the fastest first beta release by Apple.
What’s even more interesting is the seemingly shift in the way Apple offers software updates. Last time Apple advanced beyond x.1 update was with iOS 4. The v4.1 fixed bugs and provided speed improvements to its then flagship iPhone, and the v4.2 was developed to merge iPhone and iPad versions. This was followed by a v4.3 update, which was released at the sidelines of iPad 2. This will be the first time since iOS 4 when Apple will be releasing at least 3 “major” updates to the operating system.
The report also claims that Apple may be looking to move away from its annual iOS releases in the fall. As of now, the company’s new iOS release comes coupled with a hardware launch, which more often than not — due to software issues — leaves a clunky experience for users.
There are several new features in the operating system which may need an update down the line. A future update will definitely bring the support for Apple Watch to the iOS, when it releases sometime next year. Similarly, a long rumored major update to Apple Maps is also expected to arrive to iOS. The company is also rumored to release iPad Pro next year, which could feature a split-screen multitasking capability. It will probably require an additional update as well.
We should expect to see the first major update to iOS next month, when Apple Pay and OS X Yosemite will be released.