It appears that the pieces are falling into place for a June release of Apple’s iOS 7. Earlier today, Apple released the latest version of its operating system, iOS 6.1, to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV users. The most exciting part of the iOS 6.1 update is expanded LTE support and Siri updates – more on this below. For now, let’s focus on the iOS 7 release date. According to TNW, developers have started seeing traces of the iOS 7 operating system. iOS 6, as you may recall was announced last June but was made available this fall. Now the iOS 7 release date is expected to be in June as well, at Apple’s big WWDC conference.
From TNW, “One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year… No specifics on hardware or software features are shared in developer logs, but sources have indicated that Apple began working on the new version of iOS 7 towards the end of 2012 and is soon to finalise the features that will be included in its first public release.”
The June release date of iOS 7 does make sense as this is typically when Apple makes quite a few hardware and software announcements. Again, don’t expect to see iOS 7 ready for download until the fall though, as last minute testing usually takes place during the summer months. Not much else has been released on what to expect from iOS 7 other than it is coming in 2013.
Back to iOS 6.1, which was just released today.
The update includes improvements of improvements for iOS device users:
- LTE support for more carriers (Apple previously announced that it would add more LTE carriers this week)
- Purchase movie tickets through Fandango via Siri (US only)
- iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
- New button to reset the Advertising Identifier.
You can download iOS 6.1 using the Settings > Software Update section on your Apple device or by plugging it into iTunes. You will be notified immediately about updating to iOS 6.1 once plugged into your computer through iTunes.
Check out the photos from the most recent iPhone 5 release and let us know what you think of iOS 6 in the comments.
As with any rumor piece, please take this with a grain of salt. Only the tight lipped folks over at Apple know for sure when the next iPhone will be released.