Here’s a question to contemplate during your next meditation session: If Apple hasn’t yet announced something, can it truly be “delayed”? Uhhhm… Uhhhm… Uhhhm… Uhhhm…
As such, we’ll go with the phrase “hold back”; Apple is reportedly set to hold back a handful of iOS 8 features as it juggles its various software commitments. Remember the iMac and the MacBook and that? Aye, blame them.
Rumoured iOS 8 features include Healthbook, which will likely integrate tightly with the much-discussed Apple iWatch; public transport directions for Apple Maps; a standalone iTunes Radio app, in a bid to increase usage; and voice over LTE, or VoLTE for short.
While none of these have been confirmed officially, the story goes, according to 9to5mac, that some iOS 8 features will be held back until the first major update, namely iOS 8.1.
It’s not clear which features will get the temporary axe, but we doubt many tears would be shed over the continued lack of public transport directions, for example.
The reason? Apple’s software engineers are busy beavering away on OS X 10.10, described as an “end-to-end redesign”. Resultantly, resources have been reallocated and internal timelines have been amended. Makes sense to us.
iOS 8 will likely make its debut at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which takes place from June 2 to June 6 this year, with the public rollout following alongside the release of the iPhone 6.