Time draws nigh for the release of iOS 5, Apple's most extensive iOS update with over 200 new features. In an email to developers earlier today, Apple asserted that all iTunes Match Data stored on developer's iCloud libraries will be erased on September 26th. This move hints at a possible iOS 5 GM release after all iTunes Match data has been wiped.
Previously, Apple told developers that it will reset all developer account iCloud backup data on September 22. Both of the data wipe moves alike were not clearly vindicated except for the tactful assertion that this will be done to “improve quality and reliability”, nevertheless we know that Apple is putting finishing touches on its iCloud and iTunes Match services before they are publicly rolled out alongside iOS 5.
To continue to improve the overall quality and reliability of iTunes Match, it has become necessary to delete all current iCloud libraries. All iCloud libraries will be deleted on Monday, September 26th at 9am PDT. To prepare, please turn off iTunes Match on all your computers and iOS devices. The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer
Developers who have been utilizing iTunes Match to contemporize their iTunes data with iCloud are proposed to turn off iTunes Match on all computers and iOS devices. On computers iTunes Match can be turned off by choosing Turn off iTunes Match under Store and on iOS devices it can be done by turning off iTunes Match Settings.
Up till now, Apple has seeded seven iOS 5 beta firmware to developers. It was expected that iOS 5 beta 8 will be released earlier this week on Friday however that turned out to be a false rumour. In light of these data wiping moves by Apple, it can be safely assumed that iOS 5 GM is slated for release either on September 26 or a couple of days after that.
Apple will be publicly releasing iOS 5 at its iPhone 5 release event, pegged for October 4 by some very well connected sources. So if October 4 is the day when Apple Media Event 2011 is going to be held, it makes sense for Apple to seed iOS 5 GM after it has completed wiping iTunes Match data as well as iCloud backup data for accounts of registered Apple developers.