Curious: How Much Lead Time For A New iOS? (Manufacturing Question)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FrozenInferno, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. FrozenInferno macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    How much lead time does Apple need to get a GM version of a new iOS ready before the launch of a new phone?

    If Apple is really preparing as many new iPhone 6's for a September launch as rumored, 70-80 million or so, and iOS 8 is still in the beta stages until early-mid September at least, how can Apple possibly get brand new software loaded on to so many devices in time to ship? One would think there would already be millions of devices already assembled by the time iOS 8 is ready for a gold master.

    It's part of the logistics involved with manufacturing so many devices that I have always been curious about. If anybody has any insight or informative articles about Apple's manufacturing process in regards to the software end please discuss.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If they don't get it loaded on by manufacturing time, it will just get updated OTA.
  3. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    they have special machines to load ios, not like someone does it OTA over via a Mac at Foxconn
  4. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    Apple's internal iOS 8 builds are probably a beta or two ahead of what gets released to developers. So by mid September they will have had GM for quite a while (a few weeks or more).
  5. eelw macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2012
    The initial launch window is only for 8-12 million based on prior launches. So those units get loaded with GM probably 2-3 weeks prior to the launch.
  6. Narien macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2011
    I'm guessing they can assemble the phones ahead of time and when the right software is ready, they load it in and package the devices.

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