Instead of its usual approach of rolling out one update at a time, the Cupertino Company is said to be simultaneously working on all three fresh versions of its platform that may be released according to an expected schedule.
It’s thought that the change in pattern is related to a series of major product releases over the coming months. Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in October, with the new NFC-based payment system almost certainly falling into the major software update category.
Similarly, a future update could drop a brand new mobile device – the Apple Watch – in 2015. An important upgrade for Apple Maps which was rumored for iOS 8, might also be released in one of these iOS 8 updates.
One of the updates might even be tailor made for the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro that comes with some kind of split-screen multitasking capability.
iOS 8.0 was released earlier this month with a couple of new features including support for extensions, widget notifications, and third party keyboards. The new operating system had a great start, with the company temporarily removing HealthKit-enabled apps at launch due to an unspecified issue. iOS 8.0.2 was released earlier this week to address issues with Touch ID and patchy cellular access that were associated with the iOS 8.0.1 release.
It could be nice to see the next year full of iOS 8 updates with new features and functions as Apple launches new products.