iOS 5 likely coming first week of October

iOS 5 likely coming first week of October

To answer a ton of questions we're getting, if I had to guess I'd say iOS 5 will likely be launched in the first week of October. Apple traditionally releases a new version of iOS to the public alongside the release of new iPhone hardware, if not a couple of days before to help balance server loads. If iPhone 5 ends up being scheduled for October 7, then iOS 5 could be scheduled for any time that week up to and including the same Friday.

That's speculation on our part, but given that last week TiPb heard Apple was moving up their internal launch date for iPhone 5 from October 14 to October 7, 9to5Mac heard likewise, and now BGR has heard the same launch window from an AT&T source, it's starting to seem more likely.

If that's the case, based on traditions, we can probably expect to see a GM candidate for IOS 5 released to developers a couple of weeks or more before that, possibly at Apple's fall special event that also introduces the new hardware.

Again, Apple hasn't announced anything and typically doesn't announce their events until a few days before hand. That also means Apple is free to change any of these timelines up until the send out invitations for the vent and announce the official launches. So new mothership headquarters-sized grains of salt all around.

But that's part of the frustration and fun of Apple.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iOS 5 likely coming first week of October


Sad thing is Apple probably doesn't know yet when IP5/IOS5 will launch. It took them almost a year to launch the white iPhone, who knows what is the hurdle for the iPhone5 that forced Apple out of its yearly phone release cycle...

Maybe they want to change the yearly release cycle. iOS products in late summer/fall and Mac products in winter/spring? Seems unlikely, but who knows.

Could be...late summer/fall has always been the timeframe to entice back-to-school and Christmas shoppers. That has typically been iPod territory, but iPhones have been cannibalizing iPod sales for a while now.
More to the point, iPhone announcements have always blown Android announcements off the front pages, but for the past two years Android manufacturers have had a relatively clear field to launch in this August->November. Moving iPhone/iPad announcements to fall will marginalize Android debuts during that retail period.

Maybe. Also the japan quake caused a lot of delays.
I wonder how many Apple fans would be outraged over LTE?

It's obvious. They're waiting for LTE launches this fall on major networks in usa/canada.