The iOS 7 beta 6 release date is reportedly set for next week, paving the way for the final iOS 7 beta or GM in early September on the rumored iPhone 5S launch date.
Apple announced iOS 7 at WWDC in June and is already on the fifth public beta. During the last several months, the iOS 7 beta delivered changes to the design and implementation of various features, but the overall look of iOS 7 remains.
As we look to the iOS 7 beta 6 release, it is likely that Apple will continue to add new features and small changes to the way some iPhone and iPad activities work, but any remaining surprises will likely come with an iOS 7 GM after the rumored iPhone 5S launch event.
A new report from BGR claims the iOS 7 beta 6 release date is set for next week, though there is no specific date called out. Apple released most of the iOS 7 betas on a Monday, though iOS 7 beta 5 came out on a Tuesday. Odds are good that next Monday or Tuesday Apple will offer an iOS 7 beta 6 release around 1 PM eastern.
The iOS 7 GM will reportedly arrive on September 5th to Apple employees and partners and to developers on September 10th. This would likely come after an iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C announcement where Apple could finally show off any secret features. Apple previously kept Siri a secret up until the iPhone 4S launch, and could be holding back an offline dictation feature, slow motion camera support and more. Look for Tim Cook and team to show off a new feature that will show up in the iOS 7 GM or the official iOS 7 release when the new iPhone is announced.
With this schedule in play, the iOS 7 release date should arrive days ahead of an iPhone 5S release. It looks like the iOS 7 release is set for September. Based on previous Apple timing, the iOS 7 release date could land on September 18th, two days before the iPhone 5S arrives in stores.
iOS 7 is a completely new take on the operating system that runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, changing the look of the system, adding animations and a new multitasking setup. The Control Center also adds fast access to common settings and apps from any screen on the device.
The iOS 7 update will run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini and iPod 5th generation. Some of the devices will not get all of the features that are found on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5. If Apple is preparing an iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 for later this fall, they could also get features that don’t make it to previous iPads.