Even though we’re still a couple of months away from Apple’s WWDC 2014 event, there’s a high level of certainty that we’ll see the company’s latest version of iOS being announced. It’s hard to know if it’ll be dubbed iOS 8, as we’ve seen cases like iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2, where we never really saw a push beyond the same number during the whole year. Let’s just continue calling it iOS 8 until Apple says otherwise at the event, as we have more details on what to expect.
Apparently iOS 8 is known as codename “Okemo” inside of Apple’s premises. The new set of rumors continue to point to Apple making a big bet on health services with this new operating system, so we can expect HealthBook to make a big splash during the event, and this service might serve as the segway for an iWatch announcement, since health tracking doesn’t make sense without a wearable. Rumors also have Apple adopting VoLTE capabilities as well, though we’re not sure if this will apply to current hardware. At the moment though, VoLTE is really only implemented on T-Mobile in the US, so this might be that big of a feature initially. We’re also hearing that iTunes Radio might get a standalone app for iOS 8, which would be a decent move given the popularity that iTunes Radio has found lately.
iOS 8 will most likely retain the same design as iOS 7, so don’t expect a major redesign. As Apple has done over the last couple of years, each incremental update of iOS after a major launch is just an addition of more features. Hopefully WWDC 2014 has more to show than just these rumors.