Apple pushes iOS 7 beta 6 to developers, complete with male and female Siri voices

As the expected launch date for iOS 7 draws near, Apple has released the sixth beta version of the revamped mobile OS.

Apple's iOS 7 beta six fixes an issue with iTunes in the Cloud and provides a boost to Siri voice options.

"This update addresses an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items," Apple said in a note to developers. "If you have any devices running previous versions of iOS 7 beta, you should install iOS 7 beta 6 as well as a configuration profile that will allow you to reset the libraries within Music settings."

In addition, "this seed includes development versions of new male and female Siri voices for U.S. English, French, and German," according to Apple. Since the debut of Cupertino's voice assistant, Siri has provided responses in a female voice, but there's the option to select a male Siri with iOS 7.

The update also includes the usual bug fixes and technical directions for developers.

Only those with an Apple developer account can access iOS 7 beta six. Apple is scheduled to release iOS 7 this autumn for iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and later, the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. If history is any indication, its release will also coincide with the launch of a new iPhone.

Rumours suggest that new iPhone will be unveiled on 10 September, though Apple has not made any announcements. The phone will likely hit stores in the week after the big press event, alongside iOS 7.

The last beta version of iOS 7 arrived about a week ago, with updates to the new Control Center and icons, 9to5Mac noted. The previous beta, meanwhile, tipped a fingerprint sensor for iOS gadgets, while other updates included iPad support and message upgrades.