SOFTWARE HOUSE Apple's iOS 8 operating system has been shown running on both an iPhone 5S and an iPad, images which seem to confirm that an Apple iWatch is coming.
A tipster calling himself Omar Sharif, but likely isn't, sent alleged images of iOS 8 to Phonearena. The photos show Apple's next-generation operating system running on both an iPhone 5S and an iPad, ahead of its likely unveiling at the firm's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the leak is that iOS 8 apparently will feature an app named the "iWatch Utility", adding weight to the rumours that Apple will unveil its first smartwatch this year. However, the leak doesn't reveal much about how the application will work, nor what we can expect from Apple's wearable.
That's not all the leaked images reveal. Falling in line with previous speculation, the alleged iOS 8 screenshots show a handful of other new applications, including Preview, Textedit, Tips, iTunes Radio and Healthbook. This suggests that Apple's internet radio service will likely see a worldwide launch this year, and seems to confirm that Apple is looking to challenge Samsung in the health and fitness arena.
While not noted in this latest leak, Apple is also expected to debut an overhaul of its Maps service alongside iOS 8. According to the online rumour mill, Apple reportedly will have boosted its iOS Maps data with new information gained from the acquisition of several small mapping firms, and will add public transport data to the so-far failed service.
Most recently, too, rumours suggested that Apple will bake music discovery service Shazam into its next-generation iOS release.
iOS 8 is likely to debut on Apple's next generation iPhone(s) in the third quarter.µ