9to5Mac reports that “widespread testing” of future iOS 7 updates has already begun at Apple. Based on the latest Web analytics, Apple employees in California appear to be running on iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2 and iOS 7.1 on their own devices. The upcoming versions of the company’s new operating system are likely minor bug fixes, though it’s possible one may be a version of the OS designed to work on iPad and iPad Mini models, which the initial iOS 7 is not expected to support.
iOS 7 launches this Wednesday, Sept. 18 for the iPhone 4 and higher, with incremental updates likely following soon afterward. Meanwhile, iOS 7.1 will most likely focus on bringing the operating system to Apple’s line of tablets, which we expect the company to update next month. The software brings a drastic visual redesign to iOS for the first time since its launch, while also adding new features including iTunes Radio, a Control Center, and an expanded Notification Center.
Apple is also already hard at work on iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac. The rumored update is expected to focus on the new M7 chip, bringing some huge improvements to Apple Maps. It’s also possible that the new software could feature a limited Siri API, opening the voice-activated digital assistant up to app developers. iOS 8 likely won’t be announced until mid-2014, based on the company’s recent product cycle.