Report: Apple iOS 7 beta 6 coming next week; ‘gold master' build on Sep 5

Apple’s dramatically overhauled mobile OS has certainly proved divisive since its unveiling a couple of months ago. Broadly speaking, most agree that the update brings considerable welcome improvements, but the look and feel is still a bit much for some to swallow. But, love it or loathe it, iOS 7 is coming soon.

BGR’s sources have disclosed that the final beta release of iOS 7 is all but ready, and will be made available to developers next week. Beyond beta 6, the next milestone will be the final Gold Master (GM) build, which is expected to be released to Apple employees and partners on September 5.

Assuming there are no disasters with the GM build, that’s the version that will be released to developers on September 10, when Apple is expected to announce its latest flagship, the iPhone 5S, and a new cheaper model, believed to be called the iPhone 5C. It's been rumoured that at least one of those handsets will be available to own from October 25.

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TruckWEB said,
It's OUT!!! OTA Updating my iPad right now....

It isn't. At least not in any real sense. What you're downloading is a hotfix for a single issue in beta 5 that Apple deemed critical enough to issue an out of sync update for. The actual beta 6 (now to be beta 7) with a comprehensive set of changes is yet to be released.

Sometimes, I don't see the option to "Add to Wishlist" in the iPhone App Store.

Also, it would be great if newly downloaded apps had the "New" ribbon icon overlay like they used to on iOS 6; not sure why they got rid of it in iOS 7. I did notice the blue dot on the "recently updated" apps, but that's useless!

Imagine iOS 7 cost $0.99 and it clearly gonna make enormous of money. But i don't think they can afford to make that move but if android didn't exist then i see it as an opportunity for apple to make profit through iOS software.

Especially they gonna bring out new software every year and not getting any revenue other than hardware. Poor Apple...lol

All new major releases of any software should come with a surgeon general warning like the following: "Gold release; may contain trace amounts of lead."

See, I just don't care for the colorful icons. However, I don't think Apple will be able to make everyone happy all at once. I'm sure there are people here that would say I'm utterly boring if I wanted to see the icons softer colors or something.

Either way, they're just icons so it won't make a huge difference in the overall. The functionality changes are what's important. I only wish they kept apps in a drawer though, but ah well.

dead.cell said,
See, I just don't care for the colorful icons. However, I don't think Apple will be able to make everyone happy all at once. I'm sure there are people here that would say I'm utterly boring if I wanted to see the icons softer colors or something.

Either way, they're just icons so it won't make a huge difference in the overall. The functionality changes are what's important. I only wish they kept apps in a drawer though, but ah well.

live tiles are practicle. Its not about being pretty and look at it for hours. No its about getting in motion fast tasks and always up to date. Less jumping out and in, more relevant tasks. Im not saying live tiles are perfect. But they are unique unlike other ordinary interfaces. A robust cluttered notifications center cant beat a motion notification updated live tiles. Live tiles over static icons. Lives tiles get updated always up to date, you don't have to turn on your phone or your tablet. Since computers are changing landscape, things changed from static ordinary icons and ordinary widgets

I don't get all the hate toward ios7, yeah some of the icons are hideous but it's not like they put a bunch of ugly live tiles in your face.

Order_66 said,
I don't get all the hate toward ios7, yeah some of the icons are hideous but it's not like they put a bunch of ugly live tiles in your face.

Live Tiles > Static Icons

Order_66 said,
I don't get all the hate toward ios7, yeah some of the icons are hideous

I think you DO get it... Of course, to me it's not (just) the icons but an aversion to flat design as well. Going by the screenshots and videos available, I fear that iOS 7 may be less usable than IOS 6. I'm willing to change my opinion on that once I've used it though...

bguy_1986 said,

Live Tiles > Static Icons

I'm sorry, I must disagree. And I'm going to really really press the "way-back" button here and explain with a degree of history.

Back in early windows, there was an easier way to implement animated icons. It was more of a big deal back then as there wasn't a lot to really do on a computer. Around the XP/2000 era, the animated icons got harder to implement, and largely got pushed to the StarDock level of 3rd party implementation.

Slowly over the course of the next decade we have the need for delivering instant notifications. "You've got mail!" from AOL was the first really popular one. Nowadays of course we've got SMS, Text messaging, Skype, popups galore, etc on both our computers and our phones.

What Microsoft is trying to do with Live Tiles, as they've clearly admitted, is merging the old tech of animated icons, making them more animated, and notifications. It's a noble effort but it forgets one basic principle: It has very limited practical use.

Here's my point. I've got a smartphone. I use it to make calls, and sure, I've got apps on it. I will never, ever, have a need to stare at the start screen to truly enjoy the combined deliverables listed above. I will turn it on to DO something.

What Microsoft presumes that you're going to do is literally sit and stare at your Start screen and wait for something to happen. Like a glorified game of whack-a-mole, you'll watch your Live Tiles for the one that updates with something you want, then you pounce on it. And at that point, you've lost all the advantages of the Start menu, all the Live Tiles are gone, and all that data processing is useless.

The true irony here is this is actually kind of nice for full computers with no power conservation issues, who can burn juice constantly keeping a start menu up with Live Tiles constantly. But that's not what this was designed for. It was really designed for tablets, touch screens, portable computers, where you NEVER want to have any screen sitting constantly on. Like I said, you'll want to turn on your phone and DO something, then turn it off. Tablets, etc, all the same.

Live Tiles are functionally only slightly better than static icons, but static icons plus a robust notification center will beat that hands down, at least as far as the actual practical usability of your devices are concerned. If anyone wants to drain power on their tablet or smartphone staring at the start screen and claim that it's the cat's meow, well that's great, but it's hardly a major practical improvement.

Tangmeister said,
ooooooh. "Gold master build". Apple's really impressing me with this fantastic-sounding developer milestone...

Tim cook steal your lunch money?

What. It's not even a term invented by Apple. It's a heritage from recordable CD's that literally used this color due to their gold film. The process was later improved so that they didn't have to use this technology, but many probably know what I'm talking about. "Master" obviously refers to the master/first copy.

Maybe you've heard the concept of something "going gold"? It's the same thing, and used in Microsoft circles.

You need to stop flinging mud at others just because you aren't used to the terms.

The 4 really doesn't have much performance compared to the 5 of course. My iPhone 5 still has great response and barely any freezing noticed. I can predict that iOS 7 will do great!

Anaron said,
How does it run on the iPhone 5? My best friend said it runs pretty poorly on his iPhone 4.

It runs fine on Iphone 5.

Anaron said,
How does it run on the iPhone 5? My best friend said it runs pretty poorly on his iPhone 4.

I've actually heard many say it's running better than iOS 6 already and even with battery life, which is a bit surprising given that iOS 7 now does full-scale multitasking for the first time, including many other new things behind the scenes.

Northgrove said,

I've actually heard many say it's running better than iOS 6 already and even with battery life, which is a bit surprising given that iOS 7 now does full-scale multitasking for the first time, including many other new things behind the scenes.

Yeah, I find that very hard to believe...

Anaron said,
My best friend said it runs pretty poorly on his iPhone 4.

It runs just fine on my iPhone 4. Strangely enough, with iOS 7 beta 5, my battery lasts about 1.5x longer that it did with iOS6.

Biggest downer was the iPhone 4 doesn't get the accelerometer-based parallax effect, or the real-time blurring of background elements. These were obviously left out for performance reasons, but it was a bit disappointing.

New multitasking UI, transitions and animations are excellent. iOS 7 is one of those things that you need to use before you understand the design. Still not crazy about the icons, but after using it, I've gone from "WTF?!" to "meh".

cyberdrone2000 said,

It runs just fine on my iPhone 4. Strangely enough, with iOS 7 beta 5, my battery lasts about 1.5x longer that it did with iOS6.

Biggest downer was the iPhone 4 doesn't get the accelerometer-based parallax effect, or the real-time blurring of background elements. These were obviously left out for performance reasons, but it was a bit disappointing.

New multitasking UI, transitions and animations are excellent. iOS 7 is one of those things that you need to use before you understand the design. Still not crazy about the icons, but after using it, I've gone from "WTF?!" to "meh".

Yeah your right, I have it on my iPhone 4 and besides a little lag it runs pretty good. The battery life I'm not aware of being better but that's because I haven't really cared. But yeah, the effects whatever, they're still fine considering its an iPhone 4.