iOS 8 release date slated for September 17

Apple's new iOS will arrive soon

iOS 8

Apple's iOS 8 will arrive on September 17, the company revealed during its iPhone 6 announcement Tuesday.

That's two days before the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus launch, and it will, naturally, come on those devices straight out of the box.

But iOS 8 will also be compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, the iPad 2, third-gen iPad, fourth-gen iPad, iPad Air, every iPad mini and the fifth-gen iPod Touch.

The iOS update has a health-focused platforms called HealthKit, a new predictive keyboard, voice message capabilities in the Messages app, and more new features.

The next step

The new operating system has been in beta for months, ever since WWDC 2014, but regular iPhone and iPad owners have been out of luck when it comes to downloading the OS.

iOS 8 is the first refresh to Apple's mobile operating system since iOS 7, which itself was a major overhaul.

The latest iteration is much less severe, though, and maintains the overall aesthetic of iOS 7 while still making significant changes to certain apps and features.

iOS 8 ties in more than ever with OS X computers, with important improvements to iCloud functionality as well. One important new addition, Handoff, lets users start a task on an iPhone and complete it on another Apple gadget, like a MacBook or iPad, or vice versa.

And Apple's new predictive keyboard tech will supposedly learn the lingo you use with different people and adjust its suggestions accordingly.

There are many more changes in iOS 8, but we'll have to get our hands on it before we give our full impressions. For now stay tuned to TechRadar for all your Apple news needs.

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