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Apple to launch iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite separately despite tight integration features

Apple to launch iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite separately despite tight integration features

July 23, 2014
Apple is not likely to launch iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite at the same time. This in spite of the two new operating system versions' unprecedentedly tight integration. As reported by 9to5Mac, which cites "people briefed on the plans" as its sources, Apple is scheduled to launch the new major iteration of its mobile operating system for iOS devices in September alongside the so-called "iPhone 6." But the new version of its desktop operating system for Mac computers is not expected to be released until a month later, in October. Apple's OS release schedule this year matches last year's, which saw the launch of iOS 7 alongside the iPhone 5s in September and OS X Mavericks in October. According to 9to5Mac:
In 2013, iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks launched a month apart because Apple diverted resources from OS X to finish up the radical new iOS design, and this year, sources say that Apple has roped in engineering and user interface design experts from the iOS team in order to complete Yosemite for the fall.
Apple had been expected to simultaneously release iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite on account of the operating systems' shared set of tight integration features dubbed "Continuity." Introduced by Apple at its WWDC 2014 keynote last month, Continuity includes the ability of AirDrop to now work between iOS and Mac and support for sending text messages, making phone calls, handing off projects, and turning on an iPhone's personal hotspot all from Mac. Just yesterday, Apple released the latest developer builds of iOS 8 (beta 4) and OS X Yosemite (developer preview 4). The latter's public beta is said to become available either later this month or early next month.

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