The week is nearly over, and despite what rumors from last Friday would have us believe, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see the public release of Apple’s iOS 8.1.3 update. So what happened? Did someone get their wires crossed and instead that news was supposed to be about the 8.2 beta we saw devs receive? Maybe not, as today word arrives of a new 8.1.3 build that’s in testing, as well as some early work towards iOS 9.
Remember how we heard that Apple has tasked its retail employees with helping it do some real-world testing of iOS 8.1.3 before the update went wide? Well, evidence suggests that even more employees are being hooked-up with the pre-release update, and they’ve now moved on to a new build, indicative of Apple continuing to fine-tune the software in advance of a release. For now, that also means that there’s no longer a strong sense of any ETA; this could be another week, or even closer to February before we see it land.
As for iOS 9, market trackers are seeing a number of active devices reporting that they’re running Apple’s next major mobile release. The vast majority seem to be in the US, and about two-thirds of them are iPhone 6 models. The problem is, it’s quite difficult to verify just how many of these (if any) are running early Apple software, and how many others might be spoofing their OS info (just for the lulz). In any case, even if this is legit iOS 9 evidence, we’re still a long way’s off before that’s anywhere near ready for Apple to launch.