An email from Nuance to a member of its NDEV program suggests that iOS 7 could be available to the general public from September 10. If that date sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same date Apple is purportedly going to hold its iPhone launch event. If true, it would certainly break with the tradition of launching the new OS a week after iPhone launch.
And it’s this break with tradition I find a little hard to believe. The term ‘GA’ is normally used to signify ‘General Availability’ = launched for everyone. Whereas ‘GM’ – or Golden Master – is the last beta version available to developers before the public release. Now, this was reported last night by The Verge, and although the email does indicate a public launch on September 10th, it’s much more likely that the GM version of iOS 7 lands on that date, with it being made available to the public on September 17th/18th.
Of course, Apple and Nuance do work closely together and it is likely that the company would know of iOS 7 launch plans. That is not in question. What is doubtful – and yet to be made clear – is whether it meant to type ‘GA’ or not. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but my money’s on a later launch for iOS 7.