iOS 7 Beta Gold Download Ready, Heading to Developers Tomorrow: Release Date Rumors

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Sep, 02, 2013, 11:52 AM
(Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
(Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam)


UPDATE: Here is the link for iOS 7 GM. Enjoy! 

A few days ago, rumors suggested that Apple was preparing the release of iOS 7 Gold Master, and according to App Advice, the beta process is indeed coming to an end as the website claimed Gold Master will be sent out to developers on Tuesday.

Gold Master will arrive tomorrow along with invitations for Apple's Sept. 10th iPhone press event, according to App Advice's anonymous sources.

While other rumors suggest Apple could wait to release iOS 7 Gold Master until after the iPhone event, the final version of iOS 7 is still likely to be available for download on Sept. 20., at least for the iPhone.

The speculation that Gold Master is ready is due to the fact that beta 7 has not released. 

"After checking to see if iOS 7 beta 7 is live or any other update I got this message while checking OTA. It basically states that an error occurred while checking for a software update, so you are unable to check for an update," says one U.K. developer.

It is still unknown whether Apple will wait to release iOS 7 for the iPad in September or along with the release of the new iPads in October. iOS 7 will feature a flatter design, Control Center, AirDrop, and iTunes Radio.

E-mail to app developer confirms Sept. 10 release of iOS 7?

The iPhone 5S will be launched alongside iOS 7 at an Apple press conference on Sept. 10, according to various reports.

A new report by app developer Owen Wilson has given more credibility to the release of iOS 7 on the 10th, as the developer posted an image of an e-mail he recently received that announced the release of iOS 7 on the 10th.

"Dear NDEV Developer," it reads. 

"As you are probably aware, iOS 7 GA will be released on September 10th. The NDEV Program has pre-qualified that SPeechKit 1.4.5 works properly on iOS 7, but we encourage you to conduct your own testing to ensure that when the upgrade happens, your Nuance speech services continue to work seamlessly...," an excerpt from the e-mail said.

Nuance is behind Siri, so there is a good deal of credibility with this e-mail. Stay tuned as the rumored date draws closer.

Will the next iPads debut this fall, as well?

With the most recent rumors involving the iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C pointing to a Sept. 10 launch, it is possible Apple may decide to unveil the next iPads this fall as well, according to the StableyTimes' Phil Moore. Previous rumors involving the tablets suggested that while the iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 could have been released as early as July, Apple may have decided to wait to release them until the debut of iOS 7. A potential reason for the delay is that consumers would find it much easier to buy an iPad already pre-installed with iOS 7 than having to do the upgrade themselves.

Other rumors suggest that an iPad 5 delay was holding back the release of the second-generation Mini since Apple does not want to unveil either the iPad Mini 2 or the iPad 5 until they were both ready for an official reveal. 

But could the iPhone 6 also debut this fall? While its unlikely Apple would decide against spacing out the releases of the iPhone 5S, 5C and the 6, Apple's decision to release a 5S and a 5C around the same time demonstates a willingness to stray from past release date schedules. 

Regardless, it sure looks like a colossal fall for the tech giant.

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