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iOS 7 GM Release Brings Final Changes before Public Release

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The iOS 7 GM release is here, just an hour after Apple finished announcing the iOS 7 release date, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The iOS 7 GM download is the final iOS 7 beta which represents a near final version of iOS 7. A Gold Master is the version of iOS that users will download as an OTA update later this month, assuming Apple does not find any major bugs.

Read: iOS 7 Release Date Confirmed

Apple posted the iOS 7 GM for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the Apple Developer website, but the iOS 7 GM OTA update is not available on the iPhone or iPad at this time.

The Apple iOS 7 GM is 1.2GB for the iPhone 5 and 1.3GB ion size for the iPad when downloaded from Apple’s website.

Update: It appears the iOS 7 GM OTA may not come as users need an iOS 7 GM download and to restore using iTunes.

Read: iOS 7 Release Date and What to Expect from iOS 7

The iOS 7 GM release is here, marking the last beta before the iOS 7 download arrives as a free update to users.

The iOS 7 GM release is here, marking the last beta before the iOS 7 download arrives as a free update to users.

The iOS 7 GM release paves the way for an iOS 7 release to the general public later this month on September 18th. This iOS 7 download is only available to registered developers who joined Apple’s Developer Program for $99 a year. Users who paid $8 or so to take part in the iOS 7 beta program through other services will need to find an alternate iOS 7 GM download link.

Apple posted an iOS 7 release notes document for developers that details what’s new in iOS 7, but the technical document is not likely to be of interest to the average iPhone or iPad user. Apple claims there are 200 new iOS 7 features in this update, and we outline 50 iOS 7 features you’ll care about.

Read: 7 Reasons Not to Update to iOS 7 on Release Day

The iOS 7 download will arrive as a free update on September 18th. Despite rumors there is no delay for the iPad iOS 7 release date, which means users can expect to see the same version on the iPhone and iPad on the same day.

Apple is offering the iOS 7 download for the following devices;

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th gen

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C ship with iOS 7 on board when they arrive on September 20th. Users who buy a new iOS 7 device will get a free copy of iWork and iMovie apps, but this will not come with the update for older devices.

Expect a large number of iOS 7 app updates to hit in the next two weeks as developers deliver new app experiences for users with iOS 7 features.

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17 Comments

  1. Mark Mn

    09/10/2013 at 1:09 pm

    What is the expected ota time today for devices running ios 7 beta 6?

  2. Basem kerd

    09/10/2013 at 3:18 pm

    I currently have iOS 7 beta 6 and I was wondering if u switch to the GM would I be able to receive ota updates for future updates for iOS 7 to the public? I was gonna downgrade to 6.1.4 so o update with the general users on sept 18.

    • Troy Brown

      09/10/2013 at 3:35 pm

      If you do a restore to install GM you will also have to do a restore to install the public version. There are no more OTA updates for the beta. Keep in mind if you downgrade to 6.1 you will not be able to restore your backup because your backup in iOS 7 format. I am sure you know that as a developer running the beta :) If you don’t want to jump through hoops just wait until public release and restore.

  3. Daniel

    09/10/2013 at 9:38 pm

    Since I have iOS 7 beta 6, if I upgrade to iOS 7 GM or keep beta 6, how will I get the public version when it’s released? Just want to make sure I don’t have any trouble when the public version is released. I didn’t know if it was necessary to downgrade to 6.1.4 or not prior to public release.

    • seth

      09/10/2013 at 9:59 pm

      the GM is the gold master and is an exact copy of the public model coming on the 18th if you update to the GM now its the same thing youll get on the 18th just a week later.

      • Troy Brown

        09/10/2013 at 10:09 pm

        Apple has many times changed something between GM and Public. Also you can’t OTA from GM to a new release and the GM expires.

  4. Victoria Mudaraya

    09/11/2013 at 1:54 am

    Finally a great news! Can’t wait to update my iPhone and try the new iOS 7 for myself – there are too much interesting rumors

  5. Sinan

    09/11/2013 at 2:02 pm

    is the gm version the final version of ios 7

    • iPhoneLava

      09/17/2013 at 1:36 pm

      Nope.
      The GM is the one that comes before the final version.

  6. zack neider

    09/17/2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hi, I have ios 7 GM on my iphone 5 but Im not a developer, so, will i still get the OTA update of the official ios 7 when its out? and also, doest ios 7 GM have an expiry date?

    • MIK3

      09/17/2013 at 7:09 pm

      You WILL NOT be able to update OTA from any ‘beta’ firmware. And no.

  7. MIK3

    09/17/2013 at 7:05 pm

    Does anyone foresee the following process becoming problematic?
    Option 1: Full backup (beta 6) – Restore (from beta 6 ‘backup’) to public ios 7 release via iTunes.
    Or
    Option 2: First restore to the GM (iTunes), then restore again to the public release?
    I’m not trying to save time, but potintely would like to save my data/info and avoid problems altogether during the restoring process.

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