Web analytics is showing that Apple is already hard at work testing multiple incremental updates for iOS 7, the upcoming major update to the company’s mobile operating system powering iPhones and iPads worldwide.
Apple employees appear to be already testing iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2, and iOS 7.1, according to 9to5mac. The logs in question are coming from or around Cupertino, California, where Apple is headquartered.
So it makes perfect sense to assume Apple has already planned out the first three software updates for its flat new OS, showing a clear willingness to never be caught off guard (think Maps fiasco).
As it would only be normal, iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2 will most likely deal with bugs, while delivering other minor tweaks. iOS 7.1, on the other hand, might be a feature update, complete with new code corrections but also new functionality.
Apple has confirmed plans to update iOS with “in-the-car” functionality to seamlessly integrate your iOS experience with your dashboard.
“If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the Car, you can connect your iPhone 5 or later and interact with it using the car’s built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free,” Apple says on its website.
“Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions, and more. It’s all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so you can focus on the road,” it adds.
However, Apple only uses present tense for the sake of its marketing materials. iOS in the Car is accompanied by a “Coming Soon” sign which points to a future software update, and that software update will most probably be iOS 7.1.
Apple is also known to be testing some major Maps improvements for future iOS releases, but sources say those plans are for an all-new iOS 8.