While iOS 8.0.2 was just released last week on Thursday, September 25th, users with devices running the 8.0.2 firmware may already be substantially outdated. Although it sounds strange, according to new intel, Apple is likely testing and preparing to release at least three major firmware versions, with possibly even more incremental updates.
As suggested by 9to5Mac’s web server analytics, Apple is ‘actively testing’ iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3, all of which are major updates, unlike the current minor 8.0.2 firmware.
Furthermore, to corroborate the aforementioned information, MacRumors claims that visits to the site from devices running 8.2 are now “numbering in the dozens per day”.
Apple Is Already Preparing iOS 8.1, 8.2 And 8.3 For Release!
This new firmware trend definitely seems unusual, considering for the past three years, we haven’t reached an x.2, let alone an x.3 update – the last time was when iOS 4 was the latest signed firmware.
A likely explanation for this new shift is that it’s indicative of future roll-outs in the months to come, with 8.1 likely intended to introduce and bring Apple Pay to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As for 8.2 and 8.3, it’s possible that the firmwares are intended for the new iPad models and the forthcoming Apple Watch, respectively.
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For those of you wondering how the firmwares may affect jailbreaking, Evasi0n Jailbreak plans to cover the topic in a subsequent report.
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