July 7, 2014
Apple has pushed out iOS 8 beta 3 to developers. The update arrives one day earlier than expected and is available for download over-the-air (OTA) and on Apple's developer page. The beta arrives three weeks after the last update was first released. The three-week gap between beta releases isn’t unprecedented. Last year, iOS 7 beta 3 was released 21 days after iOS 7 beta 2. In 2012, iOS 6 beta 3 followed iOS 6 beta 2 after the same number of days. In 2013, Apple released six iOS 7 betas before launching the GM, or gold master edition. One year earlier, iOS 6 went through four betas before the GM was handed to developers. The longest development process for an iOS release occurred in 2011 with iOS 5. That year, there were seven betas followed by the GM. First unveiled on June 2, iOS 8 should be released to the public in September. It features QuickType, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, Continuity, and much more. Apple has also released OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3. We'll be discussing both updates in the coming days.