Recently we told you that iOS 5 had been released to carriers for final testing, and production of the iPhone 5 had begun but were not being packed until iOS 5 was ready. Now today we have news that iOS 5 is to be installed onto the iPhone 5 shortly ahead of release.
Apple are about to release the golden master of iOS 5 to overseas manufacturers sometime between September 23rd and September 30th. This will fall in line for the expected release of the iPhone 5 around mid October. AppleInsider are reporting that Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told them that both the new iPhone and iPod Touch had gone into full production, and are due to receive the golden master build of iOS 5 by September 30th at the latest.
The golden master version of the software is the same as the build that is released to the public, and will be installed to the new hardware in readiness for shipping. This all new version of Apple’s operating system will be pre-installed on Apple’s new devices due for release in the next few weeks.
If the final build becomes available by the September 23rd for manufacturers to install, the new versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch should begin shipping by the end of the month. Then with an estimated shipping time of up to twelve days, it will allow the devices to be available to consumers around the middle of October.
This is in line with reports over the last few weeks that were pointing to the iPhone 5 being available by the middle of next month. Apple has always stated that iOS 5 would be available to consumers sometime this fall. Developers have been able to work on the seventh beta of iOS 5 for a couple of weeks now.
The updated operating system is set to bring new features such as a new iMessage app, new Notification Center, and over the air syncing with the new iCloud service. The company is expected to shortly announce a press event to showcase the new iPhone ahead of the release to the public.