Get Ready to Download iOS Beta 8 This Friday, Gold Master on Sept 23 [Rumor]

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If you’ve been hanging around in Apple’s developer center since iTunes 5 beta 8 dropped last week, impatiently awaiting the release of iOS 5 beta 8, you might want to give yourself a break. According to a “trusted source,” the eighth beta of Apple’s next major iOS firmware will not drop until this Friday, with the Gold Master release scheduled for September 23.

Boy Genius Report cites a reliable source who has passed on some juicy details regarding Apple’s iOS 5 release schedule. According to the source, iOS 5 beta 8 will be available to download this Friday, September 16, with the Gold Master release scheduled to drop “on or around” September 23.

So when will we get it? Well, after carrier partners have received the GM release, they are expected to give “technical acceptance” by October 5. Providing there are no issues from the carriers, iOS 5 will finally be ready to push to iTunes.

Of course, those dates could change if problems arise with upcoming betas, but if they are accurate, we know the iPhone 5 won’t be launching before October 5.