At this point, the world of tech has already witnessed Apple's "latest and greatest" smartphone, the iPhone 5, along with other new gadgets such as the new iPod touch. Regardless of whether the new iPhone has wowed you or not, it is business as usual for the Cupertino company. Right after the iPhone 5 event that took place in San Francisco, Apple has announced that they have seeded the iOS 6 GM build for registered developers. We encourage all developers to download iOS 6 GM build from the iOS Dev Center now.
In case you don't know, GM stands for Gold Master. It is a designation that is given to a hardware or software that is most likely going to be similar to the version which will see the final, commercial release. Additionally, it is also the build that will be subjected to mass production. In the case that major bugs or glitches are found, then the company will have to release another GM candidate. So unless any showstopper bug shows up with iOS 6 GM, then it is quite sure that this will be the version that will make it to the public on September 20th, or at least highly similar to it. Ever since iOS 6 has been introduced back in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, the operating system went through four beta releases.
But as per usual, since this is a beta build still, iOS 6 GM is only accessible for those that have developer accounts. This is Apple's way of ensuring that their operating system is of the highest quality once it hits a mainstream release. Plus, it is a good way for developers to prepare and fine-tune their apps for the upcoming iOS version. The rest of the iOS user population will have to wait till the 20th of this month, for the public release of iOS 6.
Well, it is likely that iOS 6 GM will end up in some popular file-sharing site. However if you wish to download iOS 6 GM (or any other iOS betas), all you need to do is to enroll for an account over at Apple's iOS Dev Center. Contrary as to how it may sound, you do not need to have elite developing skills to qualify for an account. You will just have to cough up $99 for the annual fee. If you're going to ask me, it is definitely a worthy investment for iOS developers as well as hardcore iOS enthusiasts.
In a normal case, it is possible to update to a higher beta version through over the air (OTA) updates. But somehow with iOS 6 GM, it is only possible to update by downloading the full IPSW file through the iOS Dev Center. Then that IPSW file must be used to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in conjunction with the latest iTunes version, which is iTunes 10.7.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback