Taking anything for granted in Apple’s world is dangerous. Because the company can surprise us at a minimum and with just about anything, like the fact that it still runs on iOS 14 while iOS 15 is just around the corner. And there is evidence that Apple is preparing iOS 14.8 as the next version.

iOS 14.8 on the way with a hidden iOS 15

Spotted in Xcode 13 beta 4:
iOS 14.8 on the way? pic.twitter.com/X771UEiNF8

– Brendan Shanks (@realmrpippy) August 6, 2021

In the top tweet, developer Brendan Shanks places a screenshot showing the different operating systems available for an iPhone. Made in beta 4 of Xcode 13, it shows how a new line was added for an iPhone running iOS 14.8 that was not there before.

From MacRumors, they refer to their own analyzes to add more evidence. The archives found devices with iOS 14.8 as the operating system. A version which at the moment is not public, not even in beta and which implies that Apple’s own employees already have it (and are visiting Apple’s rumor websites).

When iOS 15 was released, we learned that Apple will allow iPhones to stay on iOS 14 if they choose. Although there does not seem to be any apparent reason, it is possible that this version of iOS 14.8 will be released at the same time or later than iOS 15. This is not an exaggeration given the development times of Apple.

Of course, this is a striking fact. Apple had never reached version X.8, with iOS 13.7 being the largest product to date, on par with iOS 14.7. We will see if this version is finally released, but the few tests that exist are quite conclusive.