iOS 8 Release Date Scheduled for Fall
Apple’s next major mobile operating system release, iOS 8, is set to launch this fall. Similar to the anticipated desktop release timeline of OS X Yosemite, no specific release date has been announced yet, but Fall of 2014 ranges from September 22 to December 21, providing for a general timeframe of when to expect the iOS 8 public release. As usual with iOS releases, it will be a free download when it does become available.
Though the casual user will have to wait until fall to download iOS 8 onto their iPhones, iPads, and iPods, developers who are registered within Apple’s iOS Developer Program can get immediate access to the iOS 8 IPSW files from the devcenter website.
iOS 8 will offer many new features and enhancements to existing features of the mobile operating system. Apple’s official press release describes iOS 8 as:
the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud® Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType™ keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive™, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.
You can get a first look at selected features of iOS 8 here that were discussed at WWDC 2014.