Apple seeds iOS 14.1 golden master to beta testers

iOS 14.1 is almost here.
Less than a month after the release of iOS 14, Apple is close to releasing iOS 14.1.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple gave developers access to the final pre-release versions of iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 on Tuesday. This is an important last step before releasing these upgrades to the public.

However, we don’t yet know when they’ll be available for iPhone and iPad.

But there is a cutoff of sorts. iOS 14.1 is expected to debut on the newly-announced iPhone 12, which is scheduled to launch October 23.

And iPadOS 14.1 is likely to debut on the iPad Air 4, though this tablet doesn’t yet have a launch date. It’s supposed to be out before the end of October, however.

This is actually the first anyone outside of Apple has seen of these versions. It skipped straight to iOS 14.2 and the iPad equivalent.

Looking ahead

Speaking of which, Apple also gave developers access to the third beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 on Tuesday. In a slightly unusual situation, this version is already in beta testing.

It also seeded watchOS 7.1 beta 3 and tvOS 14.2 beta 3 to developers too.

All of these versions are only for those in Apple’s developer program. Unlike the public beta program — joining requires paying a $100 annual fee.