iOS 14 GM & iPadOS 14 GM Download Released
Apple has released the GM build of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. GM stands for Golden Master and typically matches the same build as the final software version which then gets released to the general public. This is fitting given that Apple just announced the final versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be released for everyone tomorrow, on September 16.
Additionally, watchOS 7 GM and tvOS 14 GM are available, though macOS Big Sur GM is not yet available.
All GM builds are available to download now for both public beta and developer beta testers.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 feature a variety of new additions and capabilities, including adding widgets to iPhone home screen, the App Library for easier app management and browsing, new capabilities and functionalities in Messages, instant foreign language translation in Safari and with a separate app, improvements to Safari and Photos, in addition to many other smaller features, adjustments, improvements, and refinements to the mobile operating systems.
How to Download iOS 14 GM & iPadOS 14 GM
Always be sure to backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or Finder before proceeding with any system software update.
- Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
- Go to “General”
- Choose “Software Update”
- Select “Download and Install” when “iOS 14” or “iPadOS 14” is shown as available
As usual, the device will restart itself to complete installation.
The GM build of iOS 14 and ipadOS 14 should be more reliable and stable than beta versions of the operating system, given that it’s set to release to the general public.
Though the final version of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are going to be released tomorrow, users can get ahead of that if they wish to by installing iOS 14 public beta on iPhone or installing iPadOS 14 public beta on iPad and installing the latest GM build. Otherwise, all other users can simply wait a day (or as long as they see fit) to install iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 onto their devices.
iOS 14 GM and iPadOS 14 GM also include the full release notes that accompany the new system software releases, noting various new features, improvements, and capabilities.
Apple has previously said that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS Big Sur would be released in the fall. Technically speaking we’re not in the fall yet, but with the season arriving just days away Apple appears to be running ahead of schedule with the operating system releases. There is no word yet on when macOS Big Sur final will be released to the general public, but presumably that will arrive soon too.
Aside from iOS 14 GM and iPadOS 14 GM, the latest stable build of system software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is iOS 13.7 and iPadOS 13.7.