2. Apple’s iOS 8.2 may arrive earlier than expected
The next update for Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system may be arriving in March, according to an insider source cited by BGR. Since the most significant change being implemented in the iOS 8.2 update is support for the Apple Watch, it was widely believed that the update would be launched alongside the wearable that will arrive in April, as recently confirmed by CEO Tim Cook during the company’s last earnings call. While it’s unclear why Apple would debut the software update before the Apple Watch, it may be related to the company’s request that some Watch app developers have their apps ready by mid-February, per MacRumors’ sources. Apple has seeded several iOS 8.2 betas already, including one earlier this week.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that Apple would reveal additional details about the Apple Watch ahead of the device’s release, according to a research note seen by MacRumors. Assuming both of these rumors are true, this may indicate that Apple is launching the iOS 8.2 update a little early in order to make sure it is running smoothly for an early Apple Watch demonstration. Although Kuo incorrectly predicted that the Apple Watch would launch in March, the analyst has a fairly accurate track record when it comes to Apple products.