Apple has confirmed that its iOS 8 operating system update will be available to download for free from 17 September, 2014. It will run on iPhone 4S devices and above, meaning iPhone 4 users will be left stuck on iOS 7.
Apple announced the availability at the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the two new phones that will come running the software out of the box. The iPad 2, iPad (third and fourth generation), iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display will also be able to update to the new operating system.
First shown off at Apple's WWDC event in the summer, iOS 8 marks an update on iOS 7 with numerous new features on their way. Most notable are the HomeKit and HealthKit platforms that will be added to iOS 8, which are designed to tap into the Internet of Things and healthcare markets.
HomeKit, Apple says, will allow developers to tap into iOS as the command centre for other items that users will have in their home.
"Apps can enable users to discover HomeKit accessories in their home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri," the website adds.
HealthKit is similar, with a fitness focus, so that apps can be created that allow the phone to gather and store data on a user's activities.
Removing iPhone 4 users from the update process marks the end of the device's status within the iPhone portfolio. Many iPhone 4 devices struggled with the iOS 7 update, leading to numerous complaints, so Apple probably felt justified removing them from the process.
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