BGR has dropped the news that Apple is releasing iOS 5 beta 8 this Friday, with the final Gold Master build of iOS 5 set to drop on September 23.

Apple released iOS 5 beta 7 on August 31, and a previous report already pegged beta 8 to drop on September 23. Apple has been releasing its beta software on Fridays. When the GM build hits, that means that Apple has put the finishing touches on iOS 5 for its public release.

We’re getting close, folks!

“We have received some information from a trusted source surrounding upcoming release of iOS 5 that could help pinpoint a more specific launch time frame for the iPhone 5. Starting off, we have been told that even though Apple seeded iTunes 10.5 beta 8 last week, iOS 5 beta 8 won’t be released until this Friday. After beta 8, Apple will introduce a Gold Master build on or around September 23rd as has been rumored.”

BGR believes that this GM build will then be loaded on the already-assembled iPhone 5 hardware and packaged for the device’s release. A report from overseas has said that Apple is making an upwards of 150,000 iPhone 5 units per day already.

Apple has already seeded a beta version of iOS 5 to carriers with new features, like Nuance text-to-speech and FaceTime over 3G, for testing. Once the GM is out, Apple will then request that carriers approve the Gold Master by October 5. This date is most likely in place to match up with the iPhone 5’s estimated ship date, which is expected to be in the first two weeks of October. Apple should announce its next media event by sending invites out during this week at the earliest.

Who’s getting excited? We at iDB sure are!

  • soccerkrzy

    Praying that the dev team is sitting on some easy exploits with the software mostly assembled for a speedy ready jailbreak!

  • Michael

    1 thing is all I want from iOS 5 .. TO BE ABLE TO PUT THAT FUCKING NEWS STAND APP IN A FOLDER .. sorry for shouting but it really pisses me off how that 1 can’t be folderised lol

    • Chris

      Well said Michael its so annoying

      • ic0dex

        The reason you can’t put it into a folder is because it is a folder, yes the NewsStand is a folder. Sorry!!!

    • @Max_Kas

      Yea I hate it to but Apple is technically considering NewsStand a folder itself. I’m sure a jailbreak tweak will simply handle it.

      • Michael

        Oh don’t worry, as soon as iOS 5 hits my iPhone and it’s jailbroken i’ll be hiding the annoying SOB with poof, whether it be on it’s own or through SBSettings lol .. I mean, seriously Apple, does any1 really want news stand ?? I personally don’t but i’m inclined to think it’s more of an oversight by Apple to make it non folderable lol because to me, it is no different to iBooks and I can move that.

  • Imy0UrdaDDy

    It’s just all sucks that Regular Joes like myself can’t get in on the beta firmware unless I’m a Paid developer or I jailbreak my iPhone. Betas come out all the time free for another software or firmwares. Even Video Games got free betas. It’s time for apple to wake up.

    • Ryan

      Are you shitting me? There are enough morons out there complaining that apps don’t work with OS 5, you want to allow MORE people to have access to the beta builds, so app developers will get thousands upon thousands of comments with one star saying, “lul, omg thus dusnt w0rk with i05 5, u devs r so lazi, 1 star till itz fixed”.

      I’m about ready to move over to android, the iPhone user base is just so dumb these days.

      • Michael

        Hasn’t it alway been that way though, the whole point of the iPhone is simplicity, hell i’ve seen people post before saying my mother could use the iPhone after 5 minutes .. Personally that’s 1 thing I hate about it and probably why it attracts so many kids, another thing I hate.

        I contemplated going for the Nokia N8 before I got my iPhone and a big part of me wishes I had, the build is fantastic and the camera, not to mention the direct HDMI support but the 1 major thing that made my decision for me was how bad of an OS Symbian is .. Maybe in the future though I may change back to them, OS aside, the handset is 1 of the best out there aesthetically and feature wise.

  • jd

    great stuff apple…..

  • I am having horrible battery life on beta 7. Anyone else ? I feel like I own a android iPhone.

    • @Max_Kas

      I haven’t really noticed a difference.

      • I guess I’m the only one. I’m literally getting 4 hours of usage.

    • Derpy

      It’s a beta, OF COURSE I HAS SOME PROBLEMS. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?!?

      • Craig

        Why are you so angry, calm down or you’ll pop that spotty head of yours, with regards to your statement, beta 7 and some1 is experiencing battery issues, i’m thinking it shouldn’t take 7 betas to pick up on that issue or sort it out, what the hell is wrong with you ?!?!?!? .. Have you thought about anger management perhaps or some of that soothing Lavender & Chamomile pillow spray to relax your stress head.

      • More like what’s wrong with you ? I just asked a simple question retard. Did I say something like “oh this is unacceptable” no right ? I’m just dealing with it waiting for next beta because I know is beta you fuc*ing idiot.

      • Lilbibrit

        Are you unlocked? It could be bc push notifications has bad certs. If that’s the case check out SAM

  • Mattia

    Newsstand is unusfull I mean that everyone can download iBooks from the app store. I think that the newsstand should only be on iPads.

    • Binary-Stalker

      Newsstand is for magazines, meaning it’s still useful.

    • Josh

      In fact, it is so useful that it’s EPIC and CREATIVE. But I dont have a credit card, so it’s basicly useless FOR ME.

    • Cameron Carlyon

      I agree with Mattia, I will however use NewsStand to read my local news paper and what not. I just wish I could place it in a folder. Oh well nothing a little jailbreak tweak can’t fix eh?

  • Andy

    All I hope is that Gevey unlock will work for iOS5 final. :'[

  • Connor

    So how does loading the software on 10000s of iphones work? Do they plug them all in to itunes? No wonder they have those nets.

  • Anon

    Apple should “announce” not announcement.

  • Anon

    Nice to see it fixed ;P

  • Michael

    It’s crazy how there is going to be a b8, I am on b7 and it is so stable feels like a real release.

    Anyways can’t wait for the GM.

    Good Article.

    • Josh

      Well, beta 8, better safe than sorry!

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