Apple is currently testing three major updates to its iOS 8 platform, ahead of the launch of the Apple Pay contactless payments system and the release of the iWatch next year.
In an unprecedented move, the company is said to be trialling all three fresh versions of its platform simultaneously, instead of its usual approach of trying out one update at a time.
It’s thought the move is related to a series of new product releases in the next few months. Analytics data shows an upsurge in devices running iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 using the web.
Evidence suggests the first update relates to the upcoming release of Apple Pay, due for launch in the US in October.
iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 are believed to be tied-in with the release of the recently revealed Apple Watch and rumoured 12.9-inch iPad Pro, both set for release in early 2015.
The testing process comes as Apple struggles with its latest update to iOS 8.
iOS 8.0.2 was released earlier this week to fix issues with Touch ID and patchy cellular access that first appeared in the days after the iPhone 6’s release.
However, users have complained that the current version has failed to remedy any niggles, with Apple’s own discussion boards rife with complaints.