'Apollo+' update coming to Windows Phone 8 in Q1 2013? [Update]

Windows Phone 8 got its official launch less than one month ago, and although it's been broadly well received by media and end-users alike, there are still a few gaps that need to be filled, and little niggles and glitches that need to be addressed. There have also been reports of some devices experiencing unusual issues, which Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating.

Of course, Microsoft remains tight-lipped about when it plans to roll out new features to its new-generation mobile OS, but that hasn't stopped speculation on what might be on the way.

Today, the rumour mill has churned out some interesting info via a source who's previously proven to be reliable; @Football4PDA leaked press images of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC over two months ago. A tweet from the same user claims to shine just a little bit of light on the first major Windows Phone 8 update:

 

The name 'Apollo+' is a reference to the codename - Apollo - that Microsoft applied to the development of Windows Phone 8. At this stage, there's nothing more to share with regards to what features, fixes and improvements might be a part of this update, but the suggested delivery window in early 2013 doesn't seem too fanciful.

Meanwhile, users of older-generation Windows Phones are still looking forward to the 7.8 update, which could arrive as soon as this week.

What features or improvements would you most like to see in the Apollo+ update? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: @Football4PDA (Twitter) | via WMPowerUser


Update: The Verge suggests that features in Apollo+ may include fixes to allow always-on wifi connections, VPN support and unspecified "audio improvements", which all sounds like common sense to us. They additionally report that the new update will get its first official reveal by Microsoft at MWC in February.

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This is good news. Hopefully we're going to see more regular and smaller updates for bug fixes and new and improved features but I'd rather they fix some of the glaring gaps first, innovate second.

They additionally report that the new update will get its first official reveal by Microsoft at MWC in February.

Neat, right around the time at&t gets Lumias back in stock.

It wouldn't surprise me at all to see quicker updates now, specially if we're also hearing rumors of quicker updates to Windows 8 to. If a nice sized update comes 3-4 months after RTM then that'd be a huge jump up. Now that they've finally made an effort to use OTA updates and not ones needing the desktop client, I think that we'll see faster but smaller updates now.

daniel_rh said,

That's what I thought! Mango all over again?

What's wrong with a small bug fix/minor feature update between major releases? It seems to be the new cadence.

pack34 said,

What's wrong with a small bug fix/minor feature update between major releases? It seems to be the new cadence.


Agreed. Development shouldn't stop at RTM...

Dashel said,
How do you utilize mobile VPN?

Mobile VPN is useful for some companies who prefer not to make e-mail available through 'RPC over HTTPS' or Exchange ActiveSync. It's also useful for accessing local Intranet sites that need to be secured away further than just HTTPS.

CtrlShift said,

Mobile VPN is useful for some companies who prefer not to make e-mail available through 'RPC over HTTPS' or Exchange ActiveSync. It's also useful for accessing local Intranet sites that need to be secured away further than just HTTPS.


As well as access to internal SQL Databases so information can be made available to staff using mobile devices. This is an uber important feature for WP to gain corporate adoption.

I would start the transition (as well as development efforts) tomorrow if this feature were included in the OS.

I still don't understand this push to mandate VPN to access SSL sites, it baffles me in general.

The internal SQL brings up the same question. I assume you are using an app talking to SQL directly instead of just using the web or web-enabled proxy app?

Perseus Prime said,
Currently windows phone users are unable to sync their companies email through Exchange Active Sync. This is contrary to WP8 being dubbed as Enterprise friendly. MS should look at this thread and solve this ASAP.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...3ce3-49e4-8069-ecdccd55a5f9

This plus EAP+TLS support are two features they should not have missed in WP8. Hopefully Joe Belfiore is reading these forums and paying attention.

There's a LOT that is missing for this to be Enterprise Ready... Which is disappointing from Microsoft to be honest. VPN support in particular was a glaring omission...

Perseus Prime said,
Currently windows phone users are unable to sync their companies email through Exchange Active Sync. This is contrary to WP8 being dubbed as Enterprise friendly. MS should look at this thread and solve this ASAP.

Exchange is working just fine on my 8x....

primortal said,
Wonder if they'll get the notification center in that they mentioned during BUILD.

That would be very cool. I hope so.

primortal said,
Wonder if they'll get the notification center in that they mentioned during BUILD.

This all depends on what kind of updates they have planned. If they're going to do the frequent yet smaller OTA updates or are will still looking at bigger WP7.x type 6-8 month type updates?

Personally I hope they do smaller and quicker ones and not bigger .5 type updates.

primortal said,
Wonder if they'll get the notification center in that they mentioned during BUILD.

I would say that it's possible. I've heard it rumored that it was intended to be in the Apollo release but they didn't finish it in time. If we don't see it in Q1 then it's probably moved back to 8.5 next fall (I'm guessing they'd call it 8.5 to keep versioning in line with big windows)

primortal said,
Wonder if they'll get the notification center in that they mentioned during BUILD.

It's possible that a Notification Center is on its way. But I've never been in the notification must-have camp. One of WP's strengths is its Live Tiles which display notices on calls, messages, e-mails etc. I'd prefer to see that delivery mechanism improved upon such that you can't miss an important notice.

pack34 said,

I would say that it's possible. I've heard it rumored that it was intended to be in the Apollo release but they didn't finish it in time. If we don't see it in Q1 then it's probably moved back to 8.5 next fall (I'm guessing they'd call it 8.5 to keep versioning in line with big windows)


Microsoft actually confirmed that it was planned for Apollo, but they ran out of time. They additionally said that it was very much something they want to add, so I'm sure it's in the works and they would love to get it in this upcoming update.

Nice to see that older devices are not left behind, wasnt expecting anything "big" after 7.8. This is most likely to hit lower price points.

auziez said,
Nice to see that older devices are not left behind, wasnt expecting anything "big" after 7.8. This is most likely to hit lower price points.

Sadly, this update is for WP8, not WP7... Assuming the update even exists of course... lol

nub said,
niggle?

Origins in Scandinavia. You may be familiar with an alternate form: niggling.

Implies trivial. Fun word to say. Vast majority of native English speakers you'll encounter will be familiar with this word. A few of the remainder will likely add it to their queue of words that need to be struck from the English language forever and ever more because of some slight similarity to another word. A similar fate befell 'nig-gardly'.

Hyphenated because Neowin censors unoffensive, official English words to pander to people whose lexicon only includes words invented in the last 20 years.

Joshie said,

Origins in Scandinavia. You may be familiar with an alternate form: niggling.

Implies trivial. Fun word to say. Vast majority of native English speakers you'll encounter will be familiar with this word. A few of the remainder will likely add it to their queue of words that need to be struck from the English language forever and ever more because of some slight similarity to another word. A similar fate befell 'nig-gardly'.

Hyphenated because Neowin censors unoffensive, official English words to pander to people whose lexicon only includes words invented in the last 20 years.

Wait....Neowin censors << racial epithet >>rdly? It's not even related to the other word at all...

Whoa they do...that is bizarre...

Joshie said,

Origins in Scandinavia. You may be familiar with an alternate form: niggling.

Implies trivial. Fun word to say. Vast majority of native English speakers you'll encounter will be familiar with this word. A few of the remainder will likely add it to their queue of words that need to be struck from the English language forever and ever more because of some slight similarity to another word. A similar fate befell 'nig-gardly'.

Hyphenated because Neowin censors unoffensive, official English words to pander to people whose lexicon only includes words invented in the last 20 years.

Last TWENTY years??? Niggle please!

tiagosilva29 said,
It's automatic, cracker.

I knew it would be a filter...I just wanted to see what happened if it was typed out. That's just bizarre that they do that.

I did laugh at your cracker mention though...heh