Ready to master the new Apple iOS?
iOS 7 is getting closer to its final iteration. iOS 7 is now in beta 6 and we have seen it improve with every version. We expect that Apple will have a final test iOS -- known as the "gold master" -- before public release sometime in early September.
iOS 7 gold master will be a ready-to-release version of the operating system, and most likely the same build as will be pre-loaded on new devices. If you already have access to an Apple Developer account, you will be able to install iOS 7 on your device one week before the iOS 7 launch. Apple still have not confirmed a date for the official release. Rumour has it, this could be as soon as September 10th.
The new iOS brings colourful new icons, a control center with quick access to the device's major functions, improved multitasking, notification center, shared PhotoStream, an improved camera and iTunes radio. Apparently, something we might also see in the near future is a new way of gifting apps and music from iTunes using near-field communication (NFC), reports CNET, although we have not seen this in iOS 7 yet. Currently, users can buy iTunes gift cards that can be used to buy apps and music from the Apple store.
Apple dazzle with gold and champagne
iOS 7 gold master might come along with a new device. Rumours have been around for a while that Apple wants to delve into the low-priced smartphone market with a device that has a plastic case, rather than the traditional aluminum back. The device, supposedly dubbed iPhone C, should be resistant enough to please the grumpiest of nitpickers, according to iDownloadBlog. However, Apple fans that value high-class and stylish design would be pleased to hear these will remain, with the company also planning an iPhone in shade of champagne.
Don't like the iOS 7 beta? Last chance to downgrade
iOS 7 betas have got mixed reviews, with users loving or hating the rainbow-coloured designs. You can always downgrade the iOS 7 beta on the device to iOS 6. Don't forget, downgrades will sometimes produce data loss, so keep an iTunes backup at hand to keep your data safe.