Apple has reportedly begun seeding the Gold Master (GM) version of iOS 7 to registered developer devices, and is also asking developers to start submitting their iOS 7-compatible apps.
The GM release is right on schedule according to previous rumors, beginning its rollout almost immediately after Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c announcement event concluded. However, heavy server load seems to be creating hiccups in the over-the-air rollout, as many developers are still waiting for the update notification to show up (including yours truly, though I’m not exactly part of the “developer program”).
Apple has also sent out emails to developers, asking them to submit their iOS 7-compatible apps for review. Here’s an excerpt from that email:
iOS 7 will soon be in the hands of hundreds of millions of customers. Reimagine your app’s interface with the clarity, translucency and depth of iOS 7. Integrate APIs for AirDrop, multitasking, games, and camera, as well as new APIs that take advantage of the powerful new capabilities of iPhone 5s.
To prepare your apps for the App Store, download the GM seed of iOS 7 and Xcode 5, test, and optimize for iOS 7. Submit your apps today.
While most developers will likely be redesigning their apps to match the design of iOS 7, apps that can take advantage of the new 64-bit CPU that Apple is touting in the iPhone 5s will probably take a few months to appear, though it’s completely unclear at this point what the benefits of 64-bit on Apple’s “forward thinking iPhone” are going to be.
As always, the GM release should be more or less the same as the official iOS 7 build that will be available to download and install on iOS devices from September 18th, and you can download it from the source link right away if you’re a registered developer.