iOS 8 release date, news and features

Apple’s free update to exit beta and be made available for download later today – Wednesday 17th Sept. 

Apple is taking the flat iOS 7 design and rounding it out with new features with iOS 8, and it’ll be available to download in a few hours, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch.

That means instead of a dramatic redesign, this year’s mobile operating system update ties everything together with the overarching theme of “convergence.”

iOS 8 features tighter Mac OS X Yosemite integration while loosening the restrictions on Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This goes a long way to the Passbook-integrated Apple Pay.

New software kits also bring once fragmented security and health gadgets together, something that this year’s “one more thing” surprise, the Apple Watch, will takes advantage of in early 2015.