Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Apple Leak Confirms New iOS Version
Five versions of iOS 8 have now been released and major update ‘iOS 8.2’ has also been seen on video ahead of its expected launch early next year. But in the meantime a significant number of iPhone and iPad owners are still affected by WiFi, Bluetooth and battery issues. But it appears Apple AAPL -0.46% has a pleasant surprise in store: an unexpected new iOS release.
The predominantly reliable MacRumours has detected Apple devices running ‘iOS 8.1.3’ visiting its website. It explains:
“The number of hits from iOS 8.1.3 remains low, numbering just a few dozen in total from Apple’s networks. A view of overall traffic from iOS 8.1.3 devices shows a clearer upward trend aside from a weekend dip, based on a much larger sample size. While there are more likely to be faked identifiers in the general pool of web visitors, the clear trend of increasing usage and visits coming from Apple’s own networks have historically been reliable indicators of Apple’s development work.”
At this stage it is unknown what iOS 8.1.3 might contain or when it will arrive and given the time of year it seems unlikely it would appear before January. That said numerically iOS 8.1.3 would arrive ahead of iOS 8.2 which Apple has already said is due for release in late January/February.
Unlike iOS 8.2, iOS 8.1.3 has yet to be seeded with developers for testing but this should not come as a surprise. Apple very rarely seeds minor point releases with developers, instead pushing them out to address specific bugs or performance issues. Larger releases require more testing with iOS 8.2 notably paving the way for Apple Watch apps as it contains the new Watch API.
Whatever the end result, however, users will be hoping for a more significant release than iOS 8.1.2 which merely addressed a ringtone bug while also deleting any ringtones users had purchased outside the Apple store. Given the ongoing problems experienced by many users this wasn’t the update they had hoped for.