Apple is planning on doing one thing that it is not finished earlier than.
We will get an x.Eight launch for iOS, within the type of iOS 14.8.
There’s by no means been an x.Eight launch of iOS earlier than.
It is no secret that every main iOS launch appears to spin off increasingly replace variations downstream within the type of patches and new options. However iOS 14 can be completely different in that Apple has mentioned that it’s going to enable customers to remain on this launch and nonetheless get patches after iOS 15 has been launched.
We’re at present on iOS 14.7.1, however for weeks now we have been listening to about an iOS 14.8. What’s bizarre is that there is no beta and solely hypothesis about what the replace would possibly comprise.
But it surely’s coming.
The identify is buried within the Xcode growth setting, telltale traces of its existence have been uncovered within the logs of internet sites, and I’ve had impartial affirmation from two sources at Apple that it each exists and it is touchdown.
And it could possibly be touchdown as quickly as this week.
However what’s on this replace?
A contact at Apple says that it is prone to be a bugfix that additionally incorporates the framework to permit iPhone customers to stay with iOS 14 as soon as iOS 15 is launched later this month.
However what about Apple’s youngster sexual abuse materials (CSAM) detection system? Is Apple planning to roll this out to iPhones operating iOS 14?
Based on what I have been instructed, that is unlikely at this stage. Nonetheless, on condition that iOS 14 will keep it up getting updates past September of this yr, its inclusion in a future replace cannot be dominated out.
So, we’re coming into uncharted territory. Each within the type of an x.Eight launch, and Apple making it simpler for customers to stay with an older iOS launch.