According to an article by Kelly Hodgkins on MacRumors, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) did not provide a sixth beta of its iOS 8 mobile operating system it uses for its iPhone products, to developers. This came despite the company releasing a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, the eleventh version of OS X, its operating system used on its Macintosh computers.
Hodgkins said that this means that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s last seeded iOS 8 Beta 5, released earlier this month, may turn out to be the final build released to developers before the golden master release. She also mentions reports from BGR, which claimed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released a sixth iOS Beta, but only to its testing partners, adding that the rumor would explain the conflicting speculations as to whether there would be a sixth beta version. The BGR report added the sixth beta was not released to broader developer community, because the timing is so close to the golden master build. The same report published the build change log, which includes a two-page long list of fixed software problems since the fifth seed. These include issues with the baseband & telephony, keyboard, mail, maps, messages, phone, photos, springboard and push notifications, among other.
Hodgkins also said that the testing partners with iOS beta 6 must approve the version by September 5, ahead of the final iOS preview and the introduction of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 on September 9. A public release of iOS 8 for other iPhone models will likely come about one week later, which is a few days before the iPhone 6 gets launched in the first wave of markets.
The report said that BGR’s sources say that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may still have some work to do, as this build has already been rejected for an issue with YouTube playback in Safari.