Apple’s iOS 5 software update is getting closer as we hear various rumors of carrier testing, and the software being readied for installation on the next iPhone. Today we can tell you that the iOS 5 release is to come a five days before the iPhone 5 is launched to the world.
There are now reports that Apple has alerted its AppleCare arm to be ready for an increased number of iOS queries from customers starting on October 10th. This could mean the timeframe for the release of the operating system update being release to the public. According to AppleInsider a source is claiming that a local AppleCare call center has been warned to expect a massive increase in calls on that date.
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The source didn’t confirm for definite that iOS 5 will be available that day, but did say the increase in inquiries will be for iOS. Apple normally release software updates before the release of new hardware, and last year iOS 4 was released on Monday June 21st with the iPhone 4 coming on the following Thursday.
Meanwhile CEO of French mobile carrier Orange, Stephane Richard, has allegedly said that the iPhone 5 will be available five days later. He said “If I believe what we heard, the iPhone 5 will be released Oct. 15”. We recently told you about claims that an O2 staff member had said the iPhone 5 was being released in the UK on October 21st, so whether one is for a US launch and then for the UK remains to be seen.
The golden master build of iOS 5 is expected to reach manufacturers of the iPhone 5 soon for installation onto already assembled handsets. While the iPhone 5 has not been confirmed to be coming by Apple, iOS 5 had already been slated for release during the fall.
It is widely believed that Apple will be announcing a press event to take place before the end of the month. This is thought to showcase the iphone 5 and a new iPod Touch with 3G compatibility.