It looks like Apple plans on changing when it releases iOS updates, beginning in 2015. The new schedule could mean the introduction of more updates throughout the year, or a new naming convention altogether, according to 9to5Mac.
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, Cupertino is currently working on iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3. These could be minor software updates, or represent something much bigger.
Starting with iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has followed a fairly consistent software release schedule. In the fall, the company has released a full iOS update (iOS 5.0, iOS 6.0, etc.) with a follow-up (iOS 5.1, iOS 6.1) in the spring.
One idea floating around is that Apple plans on ditching the iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9 conventions. Instead, the company could be planning on retaining the iOS 8 name in the same way it uses OS X for Mac.
In other words, instead of seeing iOS 9.0 next year, Apple may instead be planning on releasing iOS 8.1, following by iOS 8.2 in 2016.
We’ll continue to follow this story.
In the meantime, see: Readdle updates PDF Expert 5 with iOS 8 optimizations plus other enhancements, There’s no going back: Apple is now preventing downgrades from iOS 8, and How does iOS 8 perform on Apple’s iPhone 4s?