Canonical has been working on Unity 8 for a long time, and they are always asked about its official launch platform. The latest information received from the developers confirms that Unity 8 will appear in Ubuntu 16.10.
Ubuntu developers aren’t working on Unity 8 alone, and it won’t come with an update to the current Unity 7. In fact, there are many more components to come with Unity 8, Such as Mir video server or personal irritable packets. These things are attached to each other, and will not come in episodes.
Instead of proceeding in the same way as when they abandoned GNOME 2 in favor of Unity, this time for Ubuntu 16.10 they want to take it much more calmly. This way they will be able to make sure that everything is in place and there are no mistakes. And although Unity 8 looks very visually like Unity 7, there will be some very significant changes.
Just think about the fact that third-party themes and icons will no longer work, At least not at first, and it will cost until the rest of the community gets up to date. The Ubuntu 16.10 team wants to have Unity 7 as the default desktop and Unity 8 as an option for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, giving developers and users six months to learn how the new desktop works.
Since all these components are complex parts of software, It is impossible to accurately predict that they will be available in Ubuntu 16.10, however this is now the goal of Canonical. Still, we can take some surprises in the face of the arrival of Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and it may be that at the end Unity July is still mandatory and the new version comes as an option in Ubuntu 16.10. That time will tell.