Apple is taking the wraps off iOS 8, its new system software and operating system for devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The public preview is taking place on Monday during the WWDC conference keynote session, which will include a demonstration of many of its most notable new features and interface changes. That will set the process in motion going forward, from the initial iOS 8 beta 1 download all the way through its public release date. In the mean time, rumors are swirling as to what all iOS 8 will deliver.
Apple has offered almost no official guidance as to what the headlining iOS 8 features will be, but several major clues have emerged. CarPlay, the iPhone integration with the dashboard displays of automobiles, was previewed with iOS 7 but has yet to make a major vehicle rollout. iOS 8 is a second chance for Apple to reboot CarPlay with more advanced features. Apple is also in the process of acquiring Beats by Dre, whose audio technologies may find their way into upcoming products. And widespread rumors have Apple moving into home automation with iOS 8 as well. But what of the release schedule?
iOS 8 beta 1 should be available for download by the end of next week, although Apple has on occasion staggered the initial beta release such that it arrives for the iPhone before the iPad or vice versa. There are typically six to seven beta versions before each new version of iOS is ready, so the iOS 8 release date to the public can best be estimated by tracking how swiftly the various beta versions are issued.