Apple released the iOS 6.1 beta 3 firmware moments ago and likewise iH8Sn0w has been quick to tweet its expiry date. The surprising thing about this new beta firmware is that its expiry date is the exact same as iOS 6 beta 2 – Friday December 28th, 2012 at 12AM (GMT).
Apple implemented expiry timers on beta firmwares to ensure developers who update to one of the beta firmwares either upgrade to the next beta or the official firmware when it is released. If you do no upgrade to the next firmware version in time your device will be placed in Recovery Mode.
With both the iOS 6 beta 3 and iOS 6 beta 2 firmware containing the same expiry date, I think it is pretty safe to say that Apple will be shipping iOS 6.1 to the public sometime in December. Unless Apple changes the expiry data with a new beta, the fruit company will obviously need to release the firmware before December 28th. Apple is not going to release the firmware on that date because developers need some cushion room to update to the official version before their device gets placed into Recovery Mode. If I had to put a number on it, I would say around December 20th.
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