The big Apple has made iOS 8.2 Beta 5 available for developers , just three weeks after the release of the fourth trial version. This will be the next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system which is expected to arrive at the same time as the Watch.
This time, Apple is following a slightly different schedule than what we were used to with previous versions. However, this does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. In the information accompanying iOS 8.2 Beta 5 they don’t talk about anything new , but just say that it has several improvements and bug fixes.
As of yesterday, developers have iOS 8.2 Beta 5 at their disposal, which is now the fifth generation of the software . Apple is working very hard on this version of the system, which among other things is expected to support the smartwatch that will arrive in a few months.
iOS 8.2 Beta 5 now available via OTA
This new iOS 8.2 trial version is build number 12D5480a, occupies 258MB and is now available for download via OTA (Over The Air) and through the Developer Center . In the description, Apple states that bugs have been fixed and improvements have been made, but as we said before, they do not specify what they are.
On the other hand, together with iOS 8.2 Beta 5 have released Xcode 6.2 Beta 5 with a new build of WatchKit , which allows developers to create applications for the Apple clock before its release in April. Previously, we thought the Watch would see the light of day in March, but Tim Cook dropped this other month during Q1 2015.
With the release of iOS 8.2 Beta 5, Apple has also not given any information about when they will release this major update for all users. However, as we said before it is very possible that it will come around the time when the Apple Watch comes to market , as this version unlocks many features related to the smart clock.
What is expected to be new in iOS 8.2?
At the moment it is too early to know what will be new in iOS 8.2, but thanks to the trial versions we can get to know small details. Usually, this kind of updates bring important improvements and new features. In October 2014 we saw how iOS 8.1 came with support for Apple Pay , the mobile payment service that can already be used in the United States and that is expected to be released in 2015.
In view of the arrival of iOS 8.2, today we could almost say that it will be the version that brings support for the Apple Watch . Although at the moment neither the Beta 5 nor the previous ones let us see much information related to this smartwatch support.
When do you think iOS 8.2 will be publicly available for iPhone and iPad? What new features do you think will be included in this version?