Apple already testing major iOS 8.x updates

Apple already testing major iOS 8.x updates
Here's a bit of a secret: no company releases software that is bug free. It is nearly an impossible task. The best you can hope is that the company will have identified some of the bigger bugs, and gets working on a fix as fast as possible. It looks like Apple is on that track, because evidence is showing major iOS 8.x updates already in testing.

We already knew that there would be an iOS 8.1, because every single version of iOS has gotten at least one major update. The interesting part of this news is that Apple is reportedly also testing iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Previously, only iOS 4 received two major updates after its initial release (ending on 4.2.1). These version numbers have been confirmed by the visitor log from 9to5Mac, which shows devices running iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 visiting the site recently. 

There are a couple possibilities when interpreting this information. First, the evidence of iOS 8.2 and 8.3 may be meaningless. Second, 9to5Mac posits that Apple may be moving towards a more continuous update cycle, similar to OS X which usually gets about 8 updates in the year between version changes. This would allow Apple to fix and add features more quickly, but it sounds a bit out of character for iOS. Not even Google does that with Android. 

Our theory is a twist on the first idea. We wonder if maybe iOS 8.2 and 8.3 won't actually exist, but those numbers are being used right now as Apple works out fixes for big issues with iOS 8. For example, maybe the devices running "iOS 8.1" are focused more on improving the performance, devices with "iOS 8.2" are working on Wi-Fi and security issues, and "iOS 8.3" is targeting Apple Watch features. But, once all the issues are sorted out, maybe the first two be packaged together as iOS 8.1 as the major bug fix update, and if there is an iOS 8.2, it would be a feature release to compliment the Apple Watch. 

Whatever is happening, it may be a couple months before we see any major update to iOS, so we'll just have to keep an eye out. 

source: 9to5Mac via pocketnow

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15 Comments

1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

"Here's a bit of a secret: no company releases software that is bug free." An apology for Apple in the first sentence. Must be a new record.

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Second time they did that when they tried to stir up controversy on a Samsung product that was merely a manufacturing defect with a select individual units, rather than a design flaw that is irreparable (iBend 6/6+)? - I didn't see them being apologetic when they removed the positive Android related article and replaced it with a generic "Android has malware" article lol.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's like Taters mentioned, the more features they copy from Android, the less stable and optimized it becomes. Every update they've released so far has either not solved any issues at all or the ones it did solve, introduced a bevvy of new bugs and instabilities. I can see it now; iOS 9 - revamped UI with homescreen widgets and some background data processes - the complaint? lag, terrible battery life, other feature turbulence. iOS 8 already suffers from this btw.

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I agree! Apple is not making the platform more stable; their making it worst. Apple use to be the king of "it just works". Everyday a new bug or unwanted feature is being released. And the fixes are causing new issues.

4. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

There's a news about note 4 battery life outperforming the competition. I don't know why PA refuses to publish the article. It seems they don't want to promote the note since people might buy it instead of the iPhone 6+. Lol

6. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

What's going on with Apple recently? I thought I left all this bug and function breaks behind when I moved over to Mac and iPhone. It's clear Apple is no different from MS and Google. Apple simply uses less features to keep their platform more stable. Ever since they started adding even more features copied from Android into iOS 7, it's been bug after bug.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Let's not forget the latest massive debacle with iOS 8. Apparently resetting your settings on your iPhone deletes your iPhone compatible files from your iCloud drive: "It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive. According to multiple posters on the MacRumors forums, using the "Reset All Settings" option under General --> Reset has caused documents to be permanently deleted from iCloud Drive." http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/29/reset-all-settings-icloud-drive-bug/ Basically Apple is all marketing now. They fired their last technical VP, Scott Forstall, because he was a perfectionist and didn't want to drink fancy liquor all day with Jony and Phil. And ever since, iOS has gotten worse and worse.

15. consumedbycrapgadgets

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

this just happened to my 5s, i updated it and then i tried to reset and it just crashed, now i cant get to start or anything its stuck on the logo and flicks to blue on and on...i was going to get the 6+ but now im just fed up with a buggy IOS im going for the note4, its time i gave android a go :)

7. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

5x6 number of icons? That picture looks ridiculous with so many icons spamming a homescreen. Anyways, it still feels like a half-baked OS though.

8. nateatlarge

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Apple already released ISO 8.1 Beta as Build: 12B401 iOS 8.1 beta This is a pre-release version of iOS 8.1 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Devices updated to iOS 8.1 beta can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS. Posted: Sep 29, 2014 Build: 12B401

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep the ball rolling apple. Kudos on the aggressive fix approach.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Keep the damage control running DJ. Kudos for the aggressive acts of desperation.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep chasing me around PA kissing my butt. I love the attention you give me :D. Your move.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Apple is a haunted empire. The execs are just going through the motions, collecting fancy titles, hiring their friends so they can play golf all day, and making every decision based on maximizing short term profits. We have a new iPhone 6 with a new 64-bit processor with advanced Cyclone design implemented on a state of the art 20nm process, high power PowerVR GPU, mediocre screen resolution, and it cannot definitively perform better than Android phones running more pixels on moribund old tech 32 bit Qualcomm processors using the ancient Dalvik. The iPhone 6 pretty much defines "fail". iOS is the new "Classic" MacOS (before X): obsolete, slow, and buggy.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Ok so please make a choice: 1.Apple got slow old specs from 2012 that are fast only because they run a app launcher system, android lags because it has a lot more funcionality. 2.Apple got state of the art technology but they have so buggy system that they aren't even faster than android phones with an efficient Android OS That runs on a CPU core from 2012. I like how you haters are hating and hating, but you can even see how you contradict themselves just as well.

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