iOS 8 Golden Master Download Released for Developers


After lengthy weeks of waiting for iOS 8 beta 6, Apple has finally announced its availability: Developers can download the golden master of iOS 8 on their test units starting today.

Up until today, Apple had released five beta versions of iOS 8. The last one was released more than a month ago, while there were rumours about Apple releasing the golden master to its carrier testing partners weeks ago.

Most recently, Apple has been allegedly making preparations to release the iOS 8.0.1 seed to its carrier testing partners.

Ahead of the Apple event, iOS 7 adoption was at 90% in North America, according to data shared by Chitika.


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Apple had a huge day today, unveiling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus alongside the Apple Watch and its foray into the mobile payments industry, Apple Pay.

While Phil Schiller didn’t mention it on stage, the golden master seed is already available to developers.


  • MikeJenkinson

    So if a non-developer were to, um, acquire the gold masters, they can be installed just fine on existing devices, right?

    Asking for a friend who installed the iOS7 GM last September so he could learn it before having to explain it to my, er, his wife and kids. 🙂

  • Crosseyedmofo

    go for it your good

  • youreallyhavenoclue

    There is so much about this comment that I like lol. “um” “er” hahaha

  • DoctorT

    Last year the GM copy was the exact same as the final iOS8 (and activated the same). I’d guess that this would be the same.

  • xxxJDxxx

    If one were looking to, um, acquire the GM where would one, uh, goto first in search of it?

  • A Google search will get you there within the next hour or two, is my guess. If it really just dropped at 1 PM PST / 4 PM EST, folks are probably still uploading it to, um, places where people can download, uh, stuff.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Ok thanks. I figured as much when my favourite sites for, um, acquiring things didn’t have it yet.

  • DoctorT

    IMZDL is usually the best place to find them

  • dke850

    Anyone able to get the OTA update? Mine is still saying “up to date”.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    no ota for beta to gm

    youll have to update via ipsw/itunes