by Joe White
September 16, 2013
Apple's iOS 7 is set to launch on Sept. 18, but the iPhone-maker is already testing forthcoming updates for its next-generation mobile OS, which include iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2, and iOS 7.1. The news comes from 9to5Mac, who cites Web analytics records for the updates to iOS 7. As you can see, the upcoming software has been tracked as originating from Cupertino, Calif., along with a number of surrounding areas: Apple usually complements its next-generation mobile OS with bug fixing updates, and as such it's no surprise to see that the minor iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2 are already in the pipeline. It's likely that both updates to iOS 7 will reach users during the weeks following the software's release. However, based on Apple's past history, iOS 7.1 will most likely add additional functionality or support for new iDevices to iOS 7. Given that iOS 7.1 has been tested exclusively on iPads (see above), it could be that Apple employees are using the new software on one of the Cupertino, Calif. company's next-generation tablets. These are expected to be announced by Apple at a further media event in the coming months. As a reminder, changes in iOS 7 include a refreshed design, Control Center, improved Siri, and more. The software is set to launch on Sept. 18, with Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c going on sale two days later, on Sept. 20. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Handwriting App Ink Adds New Fountain Pen Tool, Bluetooth Styli Support And More, Autodesk FormIt 5.0 Features Easy Object Copying, Quick Dimension Editing And More, and Apple To Use Simple App To Demonstrate iPhone 5s' Touch ID Feature In Retail Stores.