iOS 7 GM Download Links To Go Live Today, Public Release Date Set For Sept 18th
It’s official now, iOS 7 GM download links will go live today on the Dev Center, as confirmed by Apple at their media event. First announced back at this year’s WWDC in June, iOS 7 is now ready for public consumption having reached GM stage, and will publicly become available to compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices from September 18th.
Apple has made plenty of changes to its iconic mobile software this time around, with the noticeable being the revamped user interface. Skeuomorphism will soon become a distant memory thanks to Jony Ive’s grand redesign, which sees flat shapes and clean lines throughout.
After several betas, the software is ready for prime time, and since iOS 6 was shrouded in controversy thanks to the dire state of the Maps app — something that forced CEO Tim Cook into a public apology — Apple will be hoping the latest and greatest version releases without so much as a hitch.
As well as the aesthetic overhaul, iOS 7 brings a plethora of new and exciting features. Among them is the Control Center, allowing users to readily toggle core functionality like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without having to consult the settings app.
Folders, which first came into play alongside iOS 4, have also been extended, allowing users to add many more than the rather stingy maximum of twelve apps. The days of needing several folders to hold a large collection of games are now over, and with generally smoother animations, those with compatible devices have plenty to look forward to.
For more, check out our detailed post on all the new iOS 7 features which we did back when it was first announced at WWDC.
iOS 7 will only work for specific iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. As of September 18th, those looking to update their software will need to be in ownership of an iPhone 4 or newer, iPad 2 or newer, or the fifth-generation, latest model of the iPod touch. So if you’re rocking an iPhone 3GS or older, iPod touch fourth-gen or older, or the original iPad, you’ll need to upgrade your hardware to enjoy some of the aforementioned iOS 7 benefits. Check out the iOS 7 compatibility chart for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
We’ll keep you informed on the release of iOS 7 GM whenever it goes live today on the Dev Center, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!