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Apple appears to be planning to release at least one more update to the iOS 14 operating system ahead of the launch of iOS 15, according to code spotted in Xcode.

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There are mentions of all of the released versions of iOS 14 in Xcode, along with a mention of iOS 14.8, which suggests that the new update could be coming in the near future, either ahead of or alongside iOS 15.


MacRumors has also spotted iOS 14.8 in its analytics, which appears to confirm Apple's work on the new version of iOS 14.

Apple typically stops working on prior iOS updates when the launch of new versions of iOS approach in the late summer and fall, so it is unusual to get a 14.8 update. When new iOS updates are coming, Apple drops its work on the current version and it usually only gets critical security updates.

Apple has, in fact, never released a .8 update for the iOS operating system. iOS 11 stopped at iOS 11.4, iOS 12 stopped at iOS 12.5, and iOS 13 stopped at iOS 13.7.

The release schedule may be different this year because Apple plans to offer users a choice between iOS 14 and iOS 15. Apple will allow iPhone and iPad users to remain on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 even after the launch of the new iOS and iPadOS 15 updates.
iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it's released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you're ready to upgrade to the next major version.
Though this may be aimed at those who are unable to update their devices right away because of restrictions or requirements implemented by work organizations and schools, it will also be appreciated for those who are unwilling to upgrade to iOS 15 after Apple's recent Child Safety feature announcement.

It is not yet clear what will be included in the iOS 14.8 update. It may focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and other optimizations rather than major new features given Apple's focus on iOS 15.

Article Link: Even With iOS 15 Coming Soon, Apple Appears to Be Working on an iOS 14.8 Update
 
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siddavis

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It will be interesting to watch the uptake on iOS 15. I'm sure it will still be widely accepted though as the vast majority of users do not follow the details of each release like many on these forums. Still, it is very interesting that Apple is supporting two major releases at the same time.
 

jprmercado

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Is this news? This was already covered here:


I think there's no harm in doing a follow-up closer to the release of iOS 15 and this rumored 14.8, especially given recent news about CSAM detection in the next major iOS/iPadOS release.
 

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npmacuser5

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More new features equal more patches and more patches get more patches. I work enough hours on Apple software failures to qualify for full Apple benefits. 😭
 

schneeland

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If I remember correctly, Apple mentioned that they would give users a choice on which version stay a while back. So it would make sense if iOS 14 receives longer support.

And as long as this does not contain CSAM, this is very welcome as it means I can delay any decision how to deal with that a while longer while still receiving security updates (also, I haven't really seen much that would tempt me to upgrade to iOS 15 otherwise).
 

falkon-engine

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If 14.8 is indeed coming then the first beta needs to drop this week… there’s not that many weeks left until 15.0 drops next month.
 

switz

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The peanut gallery has two choices - take it or leave it. Apple will lock out all iOS systems prior to 14.8 within days of the 14.8 release just like all the other "updates" have done. The latest and greatest iPhones will not be backwards compatible and start their existence at 15.x and go upwards.

The Wizard is still behind the curtain telling us not to look.

So the only consumer option is to keep the current iPhone in your pocket for as long as it will work or be able to access the cellphone towers.
 

Cosmosent

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To me it certainly appears as if Apple knows there is a chance iOS 15 is boycott !

And, that they've known ALL along that it could occur !

And yes, based-upon what hit the wires last Thursday.
 

lartola

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Apple has, in fact, never released a .8 update for the iOS operating system. iOS 11 stopped at iOS 11.4, iOS 12 stopped at iOS 12.5, and iOS 13 stopped at iOS 13.7.
True. However, they have certainly released minor updates with new features even in August. In 2015, for example, iOS 8.4 was released in August with a revamped Music app due to the launch of the Apple Music service. So Apple releasing new features less than a month before the next major update isn’t unheard of.
 
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PBG4 Dude

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To me it certainly appears as if Apple knows there is a chance iOS 15 is boycott !

And, that they've known ALL along that it could occur !

And yes, based-upon what hit the wires last Thursday.
I was wondering why they were going to let people stay on iOS 14. Like you say guess we know how now. Of course, 14.8 could bring the malware to phones too.
 
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