Report: iOS 5 Gold Master build coming September 23?

According to BGR, Apple is planning to release theб═eighth (8) beta version of its upcoming iOS 5 software update to registered developers this Friday, September 16, 2011. The release will come 16 days after iOS 5 beta 7 was seeded for developer testing. It’s unclear exactly what iOS 5 beta 8 will include, but at this stage of development, we expect only bug fixes.б═

In addition, the report claims that Apple will be releasing the gold master (or “GM”) seed of iOS 5 to developers “on or around” September 23. Gold master builds are usually the final version of an update unless aб═criticalб═bug is found in the release. Moving on, carriers are apparently being asked to approve iOS 5 by October 5. This means that no major issues are found with the software update and the release can go on as scheduled.

iOS 5 includes several new features and improvements to Apple’s iOS mobile platform, including: Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, system-level Twitter integration, and improvements to the Camera app. б═б═