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Apple Seeds Golden Master Version of iOS 13 to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of iOS 13 to developers for testing purposes, three weeks releasing the eighth beta and over two months after unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers will need to download the profile for the iOS 13 beta from Apple's Developer Center. This beta, like earlier betas, can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper profile has been installed. The golden master version of iOS 13 represents the final software updates that will be released to the public.


iOS 13 is a huge update with a long list of new features. Perhaps the most noticeable outward-facing change is a systemwide Dark Mode that changes the entire look of the operating system from light to dark, darkening everything from system elements to apps.


Apple overhauled the Photos app, introducing a new Photos tab that curates your entire Photos library and shows you a selection of highlights organized by day, month, or year, and there are revamped Photo editing tools.


For the first time, you can edit video right in the Photos app, cropping, rotating, applying filters, and adjusting lighting and color. There's a new High-Key Mono lighting effect, and for Portrait Lighting in general, intensity can be adjusted.

There's a less obtrusive volume HUD, a new Find My app that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends and lets you track your devices even with they don't have an LTE or WiFi connection.


A Sign In with Apple feature gives you a convenient and data safe way to sign into apps and websites, providing an alternative to Facebook and Google sign in options. Apple's even able to generate single-use randomized email addresses so you don't have to give your real info to apps and websites.


Maps features a new street-level "Look Around" mode and a Collections feature for making lists of places, Reminders has been entirely overhauled to make it more functional, there's a profile option in Messages along with new Memoji and Animoji stickers, and Siri has a new voice.


CarPlay in iOS 13 has been overhauled with a new look, multiple sets of AirPods (or Powerbeats Pro) can be connected to the same phone so you can share music with a friend, Siri on HomePod can detect multiple voices for multi-user support, and HomePod also supports Handoff.


There are a ton of additional new features and changes coming in iOS 13, and for a full rundown of what you can expect, you should check out our iOS 13 roundup. Apple will release iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS


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2 weeks ago
too bad I was impatient and installed 13.1.

Rating: 18 Votes
2 weeks ago
Is there a way to download this OTA rather than 13.1?
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago

What BS - why do they make it so hard?


Because it is not released to the general public yet. So this only way to get it. It always works this way.
Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago
Team 13.0 wins.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago

This beta, like earlier betas, can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper profile has been installed.

Can it?
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
How do I install this? OTA Update Shows 13.1
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago

Just FYI - The Developer Page for iOS 13 GM has ipsw images only and no profile. It also states that macOS Catalina beta or XCode 11 GM is required to install.


Apple definitely states this so you aren't wrong, but I was able to update my XS from iOS 12.4.1 to iOS 13 GM using Mojave and iTunes. Xcode is NOT installed. When I selected the IPSW file in iTunes, it stated that I needed to install an update in order to use the device. I installed the update, and then installed the GM.

If one thinks about it, there has to be a way for Mojave users to update to iOS 13 next week since Catalina won't be released until next month, so I'm not sure why Apple says Catalina or Xcode 11 is required.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

Yeah downloading code from a non official source is a great idea

If you bothered to actually check things out before hitting that "Post Reply"-button, you'd see they're linking to Apple's own servers. In other words: You're downloading the IPSW files straight from Apple.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

The GM build will be the same as the next week release? And what will happen if they change the build how can we update to the newer build if it's changed?

Generally that's what the GM is. If there's an updated build usually that would come out as an updated version, like 13.0.1, and that would just be offered as an update as any update would usually be offered.
Rating: 1 Votes
2 weeks ago
So, we all agree just wait for 13.1? It’s only 2 weeks later.
Rating: 1 Votes

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