Apple iOS 7 could be landing on 10 September with Siri voice recognition software provider Nuance giving the strongest hint yet that the new operating system will be debuting soon.
A marketing email sent out by Nuance warns developers of upcoming changes under iOS 7 and asks them to be familiar with all elements of iOS 7 before 10 September.
“As you are probably aware, iOS 7 GA [General Availability] will be released on September 10th. The NDEV Program has pre-qualified that SpeechKit 1.4.5 works properly on iOS 7, but we encourage you to conduct your own testing to ensure that when the upgrade happens, your Nuance speech services continue to work seamlessly,” said an email from the NDEV Mobile Team quoted by the Owened blog.
Businesses and consumers getting their hopes up that iOS 7 will actually be released on this date should take caution from the fact that TechCrunch journalist Matthew Panzarino Tweeted that the iOS 7 GM [final developer build] will be out on 10 September. iOS 7 GA, mentioned in Nuance’s email, won’t actually be out until 18 September and that Nuance’s email may have mixed up the letters.
iOS 7 is a complete revamp of Apple’s mobile OS with new features including a Control Centre and Notification Centre to make operation smoother, iTunes Radio, Multitasking and a new version of Siri that includes a female voice option.
Other parts of iOS that get a refresh include iOS security, iCloud Keychain, Messages, Safari, Photos, iOS in the Car, and the company’s Weather app. There has been a way for developers, and even consumers, to get hold of iOS 7 for a while and some will be familiar with the features when it does eventually drop.
Apple usually releases a new version of iOS at the same time as the latest incarnation of the iPhone and 10 September is being banded around as a potential release date for the iPhone 5S as well as the lower cost alternative iPhone 5C.