Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its iOS 8 mobile operating system at the WWDC 2014 event in June. The new OS will have enticing new features such as interactive notifications, HealthKit, HomeKit, a tighter integration with Mac, family sharing, iCloud Drive. However, the tech giant was tight-lipped about the iPhone 6 at the event. Rumors suggest that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 at a major media event on September 9.
Apple expected to release iOS 8 beta 6 by August 25
The Cupertino-based company usually launches new iPhones on Tuesdays, and September 9 falls on Tuesday. Christian Post says the iOS 8 will be on Apple’s servers on Wednesday, September 10. That means existing iPhone users can upgrade the OS beginning September 10. Of course, developers can get their hands on the iOS 8 beta.
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Currently, the iOS 8 beta 5 is available for download. Product Reviews expects the iPhone maker to release beta 6 by August 25. The operating system at this stage is riddled with bugs, and the beta 6 is unlikely to fix all of the problems. What’s more, not all features are enabled in the beta stage. If you are looking to upgrade the OS, experts advise you to wait until Apple releases a more stable iOS 8 Gold Master version. The Gold Master is expected to arrive one week before the full-fledged iOS 8 is rolled out on September 10.
Which devices will be compatible with the iOS 8?
And yes, older devices won’t be compatible with the iOS 8. You must have the iPhone 4S or newer smartphones or iPad 2 or newer tablets. The fifth generation iPod Touch, iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 will also work with the iOS 8. Apple Insider reports that the tech giant updated the popular photography app Camera+ on Monday with some improvements. Bigger changes will appear in the iOS 8. Apple has updated Camera+ for iPhone and iPad to version 5.2. Engineers working on the app noted that it would tide users over until massive updates are unveiled to take advantage of the iOS 8.
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