As we head deeper into the year and further away from the release of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7, we’re starting to hear a lot more about Apple’s plans for the future including plans for its yearly update to iOS. Rumors suggest that the company will be deploying the expected iOS 8 update later on this year and iOS 8 rumors over the past few weeks have been rampant.
The update, which is expected to debut on June 2nd at Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco, is believed to look similar to the iOS 7 update that rolled out back in September though it’s rumored to have a number of big time changes on board, a hallmark of Apple’s iOS updates. iOS updates almost always bring hundreds of changes, big and small.
Despite the rumors, it appears that iOS 8 is still very much a moving part. According to Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac, a trusted source that has delivered many of the early iOS 8 details, Apple may have been forced to delay some iOS 8 features to an upcoming iOS 8.1 update for iPhone and iPad.
Gurman believes that Apple’s work on OS X 10.10, an update that is supposedly going to bring huge changes to Mac users, will force it to shift some iOS 8 features to an upcoming iOS 8.1 update that is supposedly already in the works. He doesn’t know exactly which features could be moved though he does specifically call out a huge change to Apple Maps that was supposedly supposed to arrive in iOS 8.
iOS 8 rumors suggest that Apple is planning to implement public transit into Apple Maps with its upcoming iOS update. While nothing is for sure, it looks like this feature could be one that’s pushed back into another update, possibly iOS 8.1.
While this might be the case, it appears that Apple might show off iOS 8 in its entirety at WWDC in June. Last year, Apple showed off iOS 7 in full at WWDC even though some of its features, including iCloud Keychain and CarPlay, didn’t arrive until after the initial release of iOS 7 back in September.
Furthermore, he claims that the iOS 8 update will also feature some changes to Apple’s iCloud service. It appears that the changes could be geared toward developers that want to introduce cloud-based features into their applications.
These new iOS 8 details join a collection of early iOS 8 rumors. Health and fitness are said to be a major focus and a collection of iOS 8 mock ups show what a Healthbook feature could look like. Reports suggest that Apple has plans for a better Apple Maps, a standalone iTunes Radio app and more.
There is also talk of a much improved Siri. Techcrunch recently reported that Apple bought Novauris last year for an undisclosed sum. Apple is also rumored to be including Shazam support inside iOS 8, a feature that would let iPhone and iPad users use Siri to detect the song that is playing. There is also talk of VoLTE support.
Gurman adds that the software is will work in conjunction with a brand new A8 processor from Apple. He claims that the processor will be focused on power consumption and efficiency something that is important if Apple is planning a larger, thinner iPhone 6 as rumors suggest.
He also suggests that the iPhone 6 and another device, possibly the rumored iWatch, will feature something known internally as “multi-resolution support.” The feature is said to be aimed at improving app performance and iOS across different resolutions.
While iOS 8 will likely be announced on June 2nd during Apple’s keynote address, consumers may have to wait for the new iPhone 6. Rumors suggest that it won’t be arriving until the fall. Apple typically slots the iPhone in between the summer and the holiday shopping season and it would appear that the iPhone 6 will be doing the same.
iPhone 6 rumors suggest that in addition to the new A8 processor, it will come with a larger display that could measure 4.7-inches in size. Rumors also point to a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 though reports suggest that it could arrive after the initial release. The iPhone 6 is also expected to feature an upgraded camera, a sapphire display, and a brand new design that could look a lot like the mockups that have appeared in recent weeks.
Rumors assert that the device will be up to 26% thinner than the iPhone 5s. This means a device that is 6mm to 7mm thick, compared to the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. Apple is also rumored to be shifting the placement of the power button and changing the look of the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone 6.
iOS 8 is expected to debut on board the iPhone 6 though it should roll out to Apple’s older devices including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display.