Using historical data, until now it wasfairly straightforwardto anticipate when Apple would release another iOS 8 beta. That is no longer the case as we head into August and wait for the arrival of iOS 8 beta 5.
History tells us Apple could release thefifth iOS 8 beta as early as tomorrow, July 29 — or wait until early September.
In 2013, iOS 7 beta 5 arrived just eight days after the previous version. A year earlier, there was no iOS 6 beta 5. Instead, it took Apple 37 days to release the iOS 6 gold master (GM) edition, following the arrival of iOS 6 beta 4.
In 2011, it took Apple 15 days to release iOS 5 beta 5. That year, there were seven iOS betas released, making it the longest development process in the history of the mobile operating system.
The company’s iOS 8 beta 4, which arrived last week, includes features notpresent on previous versions, including a new Tips app. The beta also includes enhanced dictation, live feedback, and more. Because of these many changes, I expect that Apple will release at least one more betabefore offering developers a GM version.
Last week, BGR said that Apple plans on releasing iOS 8 beta 5 next Monday, Aug. 5, followed by the launch of iOS 8 beta 6on August 15. The GM, or final version, would arrive a few weeks later.
This sounds about right, although our own Apple contacts say the release schedule remains highly fluid.
First unveiled inJune, iOS 8 should be released to the public in September. It features new Photos and Health apps, improved iMessages, and much more.