Rumor Mill: Apple Staffers Already Testing iOS Versions 7.0.1, 7.0.2 and 7.1
With Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) poised to release its overhauled iOS 7 mobile operating system to consumers on Sept. 18, company staffers are already testing iterative platform updates, 9to5Mac reports.
Web analytics indicate that users in and around Cupertino, Calif.–site of Apple’s corporate headquarters–are trialing the unreleased iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2 and iOS 7.1. The first two updates are expected to deliver bug fixes, while iOS 7.1 is expected to power new versions of Apple’s iPad tablet anticipated for release in time for the holiday shopping season. 9to5Mac notes that all iOS 7.1 tests have occurred on iPad units, lending additional credence to the theory.
The report adds that Apple engineers are working to integrate the company’s fledgling iOS in the Car functionality into iOS 7. The program, announced in June, enables automakers to bake selected iOS apps into vehicle dashboards, allowing motorists to verbally access features like voice calling, messaging, music and Apple Maps. Honda, Kia, Chevy, Nissan, Volvo and other automakers have already pledged their support. 9to5Mac states Apple also is ramping up development of iOS 8, with an emphasis on Apple Maps improvements like indoor mapping and public transit directions, as well as enhancements leveraging the new iPhone M7 motion co-processor.
Apple announced iOS 7 in June at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. The revamp signals the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. iOS 7 also heralds the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.