Apple has just seeded the golden master (GM) version of iOS 10 to developers. The golden master represents the final version of iOS 10 that will be released to the public, and it comes after a beta testing period that saw Apple release eight iOS 10 betas.
The final version of iOS 10 comes almost two weeks after seeding iOS 10 beta 8 to developers. Golden Master is the final build of iOS 10 before the software is publicly released and usually, has the same build number as the one that is pre-installed on the new iPhones. Developers will be able to use it to submit their iOS 10 compatible apps to the App Store.
iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a ton of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible camera, a redesigned Control Center, and a new widgets screen. According to Apple, iOS 10 is the company’s biggest iOS update ever released.
The iOS 10 golden master is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first eight betas or the beta configuration profile and it’s available for direct download via Apple’s Developer Center.
iOS 10 will be released to the public on Wednesday, September 13, three days ahead of the official launch date of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.