iOS 7 (iPhone 5, flat, white, homescreen)

It’s been two weeks since Apple released the first beta of iOS 7 to its registered developers. A lot has been written about it and way more ink will be spent as subsequent betas get released and thoroughly tested before iOS 7 is eventually ready for prime time this Fall. If history is anything to go by and if you trust reliable sources in the know, today is the day iOS 7 Beta 2 arrives.

If iDB is part of your daily routine, you should be among the first to know when a new beta hits Apple’s servers. Also, count on our resident team to take a closer look at the new beta and report back about everything there is to know about  feature changes.

Stay tuned…

BGR isn’t totally accurate, but when it comes to wireless carriers they have some top notch sources there who told the publication that iOS 7 Beta 2 is landing today:

We have been told via our carrier sources that iOS 7, Apple’s brand new mobile operating system to be released sometime this fall, will be getting an update to beta 2 today.

Apple usually releases iOS betas to carriers first, before posting the files to its portal for developers. That said, we’re expecting to see the new build on Apple’s Developer portal around 10pm Pacific.

Soon after, BGR amended the story by saying that “Our carrier sources have confirmed that iOS 7 beta 2 has now been released to carriers, as we reported”.

iOS (days in beta, 20130624 Will Hains 001)

Developer Will Hains put together a nice chart seen below, based on public data, which illustrates development cycles for each iOS version. As you can see, Apple keeps the first beta out there for two weeks before replacing it with a second beta.

This means the firm is likely to seed iOS 7 Beta 2 to its registered developers today, June 24.

As for iOS 7 Beta 3, you’re looking at a July 10 date – again, taking into account Apple’s past iOS development cycles.

Cult of Mac calculated the average time it took for an iOS x.0 beta release to move on to the next beta.

Beta 1 – lasts 14.75 days
Beta 2 – lasts 15.4 days
Beta 3 – lasts 15 days
Beta 4 – lasts 18.6 days
Beta 5 – lasts 17.8 days
Beta 6 – lasts 11 days

Based on this, the publication came up with the following iOS 7 release dates:

Beta 2 – Monday, June 24
Beta 3 – Wednesday, July 10
Beta 4 – Thursday, July 25
Beta 5 – Monday, August 12
Beta 6 – Friday, August 30
Gold Master – Tuesday, September 10
iOS 7 Final – Friday, September 20

Because so-called Gold Master releases are treated as betas, a GM after Beta 4 will be shown as Beta 5.

A bunch of non-registered developers, fans and enthusiasts were able to get their hands on a beta of iOS 7 – certainly many more compared to past iOS releases.

Because those enthusiasts blog about beta issues without necessarily understanding the nature of beta software, we felt compelled to do a post about the supposedly “missing” iOS 7 features and another one detailing what to expect from iOS 7 Betas.

And if you want to learn how each iOS release has transformed from Beta 1 to release, check out a nice post by Michael Steeber over at 9to5Mac.

Are you looking forward to Beta 2?

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  • Barry

    I hope they add alot of new features.

  • Burge

    If you complain about a beta you shouldn’t be using a beta

  • Canchume

    i hope apple solve the problem with the new springboard

  • Markus Hudobnik

    My battery life is killer. 🙁 if beta 2 fixes that I can deal with all the other problems

  • Josh

    Fingers crossed the insane amount of lag I had on my iPhone 4 is fixed in beta 2

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Even on my iPhone 5… The animations ante just slow. Itsa nnoying

      • Maxim∑

        on beta 2 its much smoother

  • Isa Altintas

    Any changelog?

    • Markus Hudobnik

      It’s not out yet

  • Linton Findlay

    if it brings quick reply il upgrade straight away

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  • josteinliverod

    Beta 2 is now available

  • SeanFeck

    Beta 2 is live!

  • MeMo

    Its out already, I am installing OTA right now.

  • Raul Henriquez

    It’s Out

  • Kevin Guzman

    Anxiously waiting for that beta 2. When trying to log in to the Game Center app it keeps crashing the device and when changing the brightness while using control center on the lockscreen won’t work – it goes back to whatever brightness you had set previously.

  • Burge

    Downloading it right now

  • Siddharth Desai

    Beta 2 can be installed via OTA for registered devices. It’s been released.

  • Ryan James Christensen

    just downloading it now

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    we shall see

  • Nihas Nebas

    ota beta 2 taking too much time to show up in the software update

  • Tyler P

    Lol as I finish reading this, Beta 2 was just released.

  • Frostybrutality

    Anyone have the release notes?

  • ReanimationXP

    Wow, good call.

  • Burge

    The question is eBay app going to work

  • Ios 7 b2 is out, dropped at 10:01 pacific. It’s downloading on my 4S right now

    • mehrab

      Did it work without udid?

      • Yes!!!! And with GPP sim.

      • Michael Hulet

        If you manage to install beta 1 of a release without registering your UDID, all future beta updates will install just fine OTA, unless Apple decides to discontinue OTA beta updates, which is extremely unlikely

      • mehrab

        Ik know updated beta 2 rocks!

  • Charles

    How long do I have to
    Update my phone to beta 2. I’m out of the country and might not get Internet. When does beta 1 expire?

    • Aadish

      August 8

      • Charles

        Perfect thanks

  • batongxue

    Best guess evar!

  • Matt D

    when will beta 1 expire?