iOS 8 Beta, Features, Release Date and Gold Master: Apple Event Reveals Date (Now Updated)

By Larry Ong, Epoch Times
September 8, 2014 10:52 am Last Updated: September 10, 2014 10:15 am

When will Apple launch the final iOS 8 beta?  Apple is going to unveil the next iPhone on Tuesday, September 9, and this means that latest iOS launch is imminent. 

Traditionally, the Cupertino company announces an iPhone on a Tuesday, rolls out the newest iOS on the following Wednesday, and starts selling the iPhone two days after the iOS release. 

Apple confirmed at their launch event that the iOS 8 public launch will be out on Wednesday, September 17.

The iOS 8 beta 6, the second-to-last beta, has been released to developers and partners, but has yet to launch the iOS 8 Gold Master, the final version. 

Unless there are really serious issues, the iOS 8 GM will be the final beta before its public release. 

Product Reviews and Forbes speculate that Apple shoud make the iOS 8 GM live after their keynote on September 9, something that they  did last year. 

Whether or not Apple will ultimately release a GM beta is still up in the air, however.

Apple should be seeding an iOS 8 patch, though. 

According to BGR, the iOS 8.0.1 is in the works, and will be rolled out to Apple’s testing partners shortly after the public release of iOS 8. 

The iOS 8 will have plenty of new apps and features like Health, Quicktype, HomeKit, Interactive Notifications, and an improved SIRI and Spotlight. 

The iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch fifth-gen, iPad 2, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad Mini, iPad 4, and iPad 3 are iOS 8-compatible. 

Regarding OS X Yosemite, Apple won’t be launching it until later on in the fall.


AP update:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet equipped to monitor health, help manage homes and even buy merchandise.

Apple is a late arrival to this relatively new niche: several other companies already sell smartwatches that are being greeted with widespread indifference.

If any company can transform the landscape, it’s likely to be Apple Inc. after the company shifted the direction of digital technology with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Other MP3 music players, smartphones and tablet computers were first to market, but the devices didn’t enthrall consumers until Apple imbued them with a sense of elegance, convenience and wizardry.

“It means more to us to get it right than to be first,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained to analysts earlier this year.

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at a Tuesday event in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

Rumors have been swirling that U2, one of Jobs’ favorite musical groups, will perform live to promote its new album, as well as Apple’s latest gadgetry, which is likely to include an iPhone with a larger screen.

As usual, Apple hasn’t said what’s on tap, though the company’s top executives have repeatedly promised major breakthroughs without providing any details.

“The location suggests this will be a historic event and the historic aspect will be their movement into a new category,” predicted technology analyst and longtime Apple watcher Tim Bajarin.