According to 9to5Mac, three major follow-up versions to iOS 8 i.e iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3, are under simultaneous development for their respective launches in 2015. While Apple has historically released a major new iOS version each fall and a major update early in the following year, the report claims that Apple has a different development schedule for iOS 8 in 2015 and beyond.
“We’ve confirmed that these major new versions are in development via two means. First, a developer of a major hardware-connected iOS application has shared with us their analytics, and this data indicates that all three versions are in testing by Apple employees in or around Cupertino, California. Second, and much closer to home, our own Google Analytics for 9to5Mac.com show that iOS users are visiting our website via iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3 devices. iOS 8.1 hits to 9to5Mac.com started appearing even months before iOS 8.0 launched, but 8.2 and 8.3 visits only started picking up following iOS 8’s release in mid-September.”
Apple’s move to developing three significant follow-ups to iOS 8 not only marks a definite shift from the usual development cycle, it also suggests that the Cupertino giant may be working on iOS 9.0 as well. In the light of these simultaneous development revelations, the report predicts that Apple may be moving away from annual iOS releases in the fall that are tied to hardware. Or, Apple may have simply ramped up its iOS development process and is still planning to launch iOS 9.0 around September or October 2015 with iPhone 6s etc.
Lastly, the report predicts that Apple may just be moving its iOS naming convention to an iOS 8.x system, similar to the Mac operating system which is labelled as OS X 10.x