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Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Mr.Blacky, Sep 8, 2016.
The GM is out for developers and public beta testers.
Just got the notice too.
Yeah, but I thought the GM is for developers only?
I got an email saying it was open to Beta Testers.
Today Apple released the iOS 10 GM to the public beta testers as well: Apple Releases iOS 10 Golden Master for Public Beta Testers
Okay okay, I understand! Just was thinking, the GM would be "marked" in some way like the betas.
We are pleased to give you access to the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra final release candidates. We will be shipping the final versions to customers worldwide in the coming weeks and appreciate you trying out the releases and providing feedback.
You can install the iOS 10 GM candidate from Software Update. And you can get a redemption code for the macOS Sierra GM candidate from beta.apple.com and download it from the Mac App Store.
Thank you for participating in the Apple Beta Software Program and helping us make these releases our best yet.
On beta program. Updating iPhone (and then iPad Pro 9.7) as I write this.
I'll do it when I get home. I'm out right now
One thing we have learned this year is that we can forget about any pattern we thought we saw in the release cadences: Public beta initial release was "early", there was an unprecedented 3 week break between developer betas, there were 2 betas in one week and, finally, there is a public Golden Master release.
When you look at it, the public beta program is not even 2 years old. So its hard to say that there should have been any "pattern" at all. Pretty flimsy set of data points to do so. Looking back, it seems like the beta program has matured to such an extent that Apple felt comfortable getting the public involved earlier than last year (and that has been borne out by the relative stability of the beta releases in general). That comfort extended all the way to today, with Apple's decision to release the GM to the public - a first.