iOS 5 Beta 8 Coming Friday

iOS 5 beta 8 will likely launch this coming Friday. From what we understand the beta 8 version will be the final beta in preparation for the GM release which is expected on or around September 23.

After the GM launches on the 23rd it will then be sent to China to be loaded on to iPhone 5 hardware that is in the process of being built right now. After that, it ships out with a rumoured date of early to mid October for launch.

It isn’t clear what happens if iOS 5 GM doesn’t pass tests although we suspect, along with BGR, that the GM will ship on the iPhone 5 and that an OTA update will be made available on launch day to fix any problems found in the final round of testing.

Expect to hear more over the coming weeks along with an announcement rumoured for next week.

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