Apple iOS 8: Available September 17th
Alongside the launch of the launch of the iPhone 6 family, Apple is also prepping for the launch of iOS 8. The iPhone 6 family will of course ship with iOS 8 as their base OS, meanwhile Apple has announced that iOS 8 will be available as an upgrade for compatible devices on September 17th, 2 days before the iPhone 6 ships.
As Apple has already announced iOS 8 back at WWDC 2014, we won’t spend too much time recapping it here. Notable new features for iOS 8 include the low level Metal graphics API, new keyboard functionality, notification enhancements, and hands-free Siri.
Meanwhile for compatibility, Apple has confirmed that iOS 8 will be coming to A5 and higher devices. This includes the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 5th Gen, along with their respective successors including the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. In practice this means that iOS 8 will run on anything iOS 7 ran on other than the iPhone 4, which was the sole A4 device to run that OS.