Apple already has plans to release iOS 8.2. This news comes on the heels of the tech giant releasing six iOS 8 updates in the past five months. The latest update was just released last week.
Apple pushed iOS 8.2, beta 5, to developers. It includes the build number “12D5480a,” according to a Forbes report. Apple has not made an announcement about its launch date. According to the Thinky Bits‘ iOS beta release history graph, Apple’s last release for a major iOS version was 2014.
Apple users should be excited about the launch of iOS 8.2. For one, it will be compatible with the upcoming Apple Watch. Tim Cook confirmed in an earnings conference with Forbes last week that the smartwatches will be released in April.
The tweaks for iOS 8.2 will also be minor compared to the countless changes made in beta 4. Also, beta 5 has dropped hints that iOS 8.2 will address the bugs that have made countless users upset. It will address specific problems such as the battery, Bluetooth, CloudKit Note, and WiFi. These are the fixes that have been specifically referenced in beta 5, although there hasn’t been an official announcement yet.
There has been speculation surrounding the iOS 8.2 update. The fifth beta of iOS 8.2 will include the WatchKit SDK for developers. That will help users create apps, Glances, notifications, and other services ahead of the much-anticipated Apple Watch.
MacRumors has been dropping details about the beta 5 iOS 8.2 launch. The update will also include Xcode, and bug fixes for its previous systems. The beta 5 also addresses a bug that prevent Facebook from using the app properly, and a GMT bug in the iOS 8 calendar syncing.
The iOS 8.2 beta 5 will support all currently-sold Apple devices as well as a few older devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus, along with the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, and iPod touch fifth-gen, according to the International Business Times. Users must be registered developers before installing these updates, which will include bug fixes and performance glitches that Apple addressed.
Apple had already begun testing its iOS 8.2 in November of last year. The tech giant rolled out the iOS 8.1.3 to iPhone and iPad users last week. The update addressed a long series of bug fixes and problems. Apple has been trying its best to address these major problems at hand, along with combing through its iOS 8.2 update.
Despite its problems, iOS 8 has been adopted by more than 68 percent of iPads and iPhones, according to a report on the Inquisitr. The adoption gain suggests that some users may have received the latest iPhone or iPad during the holidays. Most devices come with the latest version of the iOS installed, as well as devices upgraded to iOS 8.
There is no exact release date for iOS 8.2, as of yet. When it is released, it will made be available as an over-the-air update.
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