Number of test devices running iOS 7.1.1 is steadily on the rise, according to 9to5Mac, which could indicate that Apple is readying for an iOS update sometime in the near future. iOS 7.1 was released about a month back with some sweeping interface changes and iOS 7.1.1 should possibly be a minor “bug fix” update.
Note that iOS 8 is scheduled to be announced on June 2nd at the WWDC 2014. Doesn’t mean Apple would stop working on iOS 7.x, especially if it finds bugs to kill and some performance enhancements to make.
News about upcoming upgrades to iOS versions are often spotted much before the actual release by analytics logs. Something similar happened this time too. Hits to the original source website have been tracked from devices running both iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 8. 9to5Mac also points out that these devices are located in and around the Apple campus in Palo Alto.
iOS 7.1.1 can’t possibly feature huge changes to the firmware. The next major upgrade, at this point of time, should certainly be iOS 8. iOS 7.1, the latest update, featured some major changes to the interface – call buttons, answer buttons, the slide to power off screen etc. Also, iOS 7.1 brought in additional changes to some apps and most importantly, had some major performance upgrades for older devices like the iPhone 4 and 4s.
Given the rate of testing, iOS 7.1.1 could be out by the end of this month. But like we pointed out, should be a minor update.