Although iOS 7 beta 5 has been released recently, it is no longer the freshest version of Apple’s upcoming mobile OS. According to reports, Apple has released the new update of iOS 7, the beta 6, barring any major bugs or problems that might be discovered. Just like the previous betas, the iOS 7 beta 6 is only for Apple’s developers for testing purposes.
The update is available as an over-the-air update to existing beta testers and it can also be downloaded via Apple’s Developer Center.
Rumors also said that the iOS 7 beta 6 might be released on someday of next week, roughly two weeks after the release of the beta 5. It is also said that after the iOS 7 beta 6, Apple will be seeding a GM (gold master) version for its employees and partners to test starting around September 5th. Just like the precious version iOS 7 beta 5, the beta 6 is also rumored to be the last software that is released to the public later on in September.
Reports show that after Apple and its partners are comfortable with the gold master build, the company will release it to developers on September 10th, when there will be the company’s iPhone event to announce the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Both of the devices will be the firsrt devices to run iOS 7.
It has been speculated that if Apple follows the pattern of its last several iPhone launches, the new iPhone hardware would be released in the first round of countries around September 20, with iOS 7 available to the public for the existing devices, such as iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, etc.
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It has been known that Apple has been overhauling the entire mobile software experience during each beta release to developers, and sometimes Apple will dramatically change and adjust design and user interface pieces.
The iOS 7 is scheduled to release to public in the fall of this year, with updates to Apple’s iPhone and iPad lineups expected around the same time.
On the iOS Developer Center, Apple notes that the release fixes an “issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.”