Apple seeds iOS 7 GM to developers: this is what’s new

By , Sep 10, 2013

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In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has released iOS 7 GM to developers this afternoon. The release follows Apple’s big iPhone event this morning, where it went over major features from the software and unveiled two new handsets.

The GM, or Golden Master, release should be the final one before the update is rolled out to the public next week. And it’s available now to all registered app developers through Apple’s dev center—no sign of over-the-air just yet…

It’s been more than two weeks since iOS 7 has seen an update. That was beta 6 and included just a simple fix for an iTunes in the cloud issue. We’re expecting today’s GM update to be of similar significance, as Apple adds the finishing touches.

But to be sure, we’re installing the new firmware on our devices, and will be sure to report back with any new changes worth note. And as always, if you happen to come across something, be sure to tell us about it in the comments below!

What’s new in iOS 7 GM

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7 GM, we’ll be listing any major changes we find below:

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  • Ben Murphy

    The sounds when you send an imessage/SMS and when you recieve one whilst on the thread have changed slightly too.

  • Ben Murphy

    And I don’t think it will be ota at all. Thin the herd for the final release, although it doesn’t seem too spectacular as of yet.

  • Guest

    Does anyone know if I can just update with the IPSW from Beta 6? Or would I have to do a restore then update?

    • erick g

      Yes, you can.That’s what I did.

  • Cristian Kohler

    SO I installed IOS7 GM without UDID, when apple releases final to public am I goona be able to simply update? or do I need to restore back to ios 6 ?

    • juzzymonster

      Did you update from a beta?

      • Cristian Kohler

        Actuality I am on Beta 6 (installed without UDID), I was goona install GM following a video on youtube, but I gave up to much work for 1 week, It has to be ipsw.
        But the question still remains, on day 18 will I have a problem updating do final public version? or do I need to restore back to ios 6 and then updating normally?

      • juzzymonster

        No one is sure at this point, but if you would have to restore to iOS 6, you could always back it up and then restore your backup.

      • Cristian Kohler

        Yeah, that what I will do on day 18… thanks
        Backup it up on ios 7, downgrade (restoring) to ios 6, update to official ios 7 and restore the backup

      • Palmer Paul

        Not so simple…you can’t restore to a backup that was made on a higher firmware. That means that an iOS 7 backup won’t work on a device that was downgraded to iOS 6.

      • juzzymonster

        No… He meant that he’s going to back it up, then restore the backup when he’s BACK ON iOS 7.

      • Cristian Kohler

        exactly , I will be on ios 6 just for a few seconds HAHAH
        that way I get rid from any Beta (without UDID)

      • Palmer Paul

        If you would have installed the beta properly (with a Dev account), you wouldn’t have this issue at all. You’re very lucky your phone wasn’t stuck at the activation screen…I had to fix many phones because their owners were stupid enough to attempt to upgrade to the beta software without having their UDID registered under a Dev account.

      • Cristian Kohler

        I know, But I had no problem .. Everything that I do I always research a lot before doing, I am not that stupid.

  • Littleturley

    DCTIONARY IS FIXED!!!!

  • Robert

    Not a developer but thanks to the ones that put the links out there, I
    was able to update my 4s to the GM ios7 last night and it works like a
    charm.

    • Mikeylud

      Can you give me that link? I have a 4s too!

      • Robert

        www. mediafire. com/ ?r87x2e3pga45qga use dmgextractor .com to extract the file and update on itunes.

      • Mikeylud

        Thanks!

      • juzzymonster

        to update from a beta, do you have to click restore or update?

      • Robert

        I used update and it went through with no problems.

  • Kieran Rosevear

    A slightly changed sound when you lock the device it tends to echo

  • Saahilj

    Mine says firmware file not compatible

  • Mads Teland

    I notice the new iTunes to USB background when updating or restore is changed :)

  • Jed_133

    Anyone else see the little tidbit next to the ipsw picture above the blog that says “This is a pre-released version of IOS 7 GM seed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Devices updated to iOS7 GM seed can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS.” ?? Anyone know if this is true or not? With the possibility of a jailbreak on ios6 coming out at some point (I’m not holding my breath) I sure wouldn’t want to upgrade and not be able to go back.. So anyone got any info on that little aspect of upgrading?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    iOS 7 (GM) torrent downloads way FASTER than any site. I talking minutes with torrents vs hours with sites links. That may lock up while your downloading keeping your download in limbo. Forcing you to restart the download. Has iOS 7 for Every iDevice. Pick One, I’m on iPhone 5 running iOS 7 (GM) “no account.”

  • CoolJRT

    I actually like the photo that I took on my 4S better as a background than almost all of Apple’s iOS 7 backgrounds.

  • juzzymonster

    The GM Seed now has Burst Shot in the camera app. Not so fast, but it’s still there.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    iOS 7 GM still has some bugs in it. Wallpaper Zoomed In still not fix. 4G, LTE connections seem more stable and reliable in weak signal areas. Would have love to have seen more advanced options for advanced users.

  • ddxtreme

    can someone tell me if XSim work with this IOS 7 GM? I have installed all the betas and it was working. Dont know if GM change baseband or something…

  • Срђан Милић

    I’m on iOS 7 last beta version, if I update now on GM would it works acsactly like the version that would be able on 18th? And can I update to GM without iTunes 11.1 beta?

    • Hardik Dabhi

      can I update to GM without iTunes 11.1 beta?

      – Yes you can

  • ConduciveMammal

    I’ve got the GM. If anyone wants it, I’ll upload it to my Dropbox and pass the download link over.

  • Alex Marwaha

    anyone know how many dynamic wallpapers there should be in the GM? im on an ipod 5th gen and i only see 6. it seems like there should be more colors. im missing the green one i think. anybody think they know why?

  • Hardik Dabhi

    It’s possible to restore the itunes backup on the iOS 7 using iTools
    I have tried it yesterday and it’s done successfully without any problem

    It’s free tool too, enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

    dramtic speed improvements for iphone 4 xD

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      is that irony, or it finally happened?

      • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

        compared to previous beta, it happened

  • Sumeet Gandhi

    just installed the ios 7 on my iphone 5. anyone has issues with wifi going to sleep as soon as the phone in on standby (locked). any solutions for that?

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      thats because 7 is designed for new M7 chip in 5S, which can tell if you are going to sleep,etc, and will turn off all data and wifi, in order to save battery life…maybe it can be turned off in settings

      • David Villamizar

        waaat?

  • benz_85

    Yet they haven’t fix this (pic) and it’s been there ever since beta 1

    • benz_85

      btw i have an iph 4

    • Lance Baker

      I wish I had never seen this. I hadn’t noticed before but now it’s all I will ever see.

  • José Jhean de Sá

    I have noticed that the notification centre show message and app notification you had already saw (like messages in Facebook Messenger or Messages App). Anyone noticed it too?

  • Jake Sexton

    Hi. Can someone help me? I downloaded ios 7 GM last week and I am not a developer. People just told me that it will expire and brick my phone. How do I get the public update?

  • Stokies993

    there is also a slight change to the lock sound, its almost like an echo, its quite cool