“The release of iOS 8 will likely, as usual, coincide with the release of the next iPhone,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “New versions of OS X don’t necessarily coincide with the arrival of new Macs, but it is widely expected that Yosemite will arrive in late October.”

“Now there is a key reason why it makes sense to get iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite out the door at the same time, and that’s Continuity, which ties the two platforms closely together,” Steinberg writes. “If iOS 8 arrives first, a key feature of the two won’t be usable for weeks, and that might not only disappoint iPhone and iPad users who also have Macs, but would work against Apple’s marketing plan.”

“So far, the iOS 8 and Yosemite betas have come almost simultaneously, arriving on the same day, with predictable updates usually coming every two weeks,” Steinberg writes. “Some of the people I’ve talked to about this suggest that Apple would tolerate a month of Continuity incompatibility, but that wouldn’t make much sense from a marketing point of view. The feature is just too important.”

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