The latest iPhone has been announced, and just before it gets here, Apple will release iOS 5 to the public. It’s been a long road getting this far in the operating system’s development, and today it reaches ones last milestone, the distribution of the iOS 5 golden master seed, build 9A334.
At this point, the release should be practically identical to the code Apple lets loose on October 12. The GM introduces a few new bugfixes and an updated version WebKit. Unlike earlier iOS 5 beta release, which could be installed OTA thanks to the addition of that new feature, the GM has to be installed the old-fashioned way; iTunes 10.5 beta 7 or later will support it.
With the GM here, developers can get their iOS 5 apps into Apple’s hands for review prior to publication in the App Store. Even though we didn’t get the exciting news of an iPhone 5 we were hoping for, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the new iPhone 4S and the updates coming to iOS 5, so you’d better believe user interested is piqued and devs will be eager to make sure there are plenty of new and updated apps ready to go for the phone’s release.