iPhone 5 and iOS 5 release date hints due to staff vacations

By Posted 25 Sep 2011, 14:56

It looks almost certain now that we are tantalizingly close to the release of the next iPhone, and the next version of Apple’s operating system. We now have reports of iPhone 5 and iOS 5 releases date hints due to staff vacations being blocked by Apple.

There are now claims that Apple has begun refusing requests for employee vacations, and according to AppleInsider this is during the second week in October. This could mean the company is getting ready for a huge increase in customers at its stores due to the availability of the new iPhone, and the updated operating system.

The dates that Apple are claimed to be blocking are from October the 9th until the 12th, and October 14th and 15th. The first dates could coincide with the release of iOS 5 that is expected to be on October 10th, and the AppleCare arm have been pre-warned to expect an increase in customer calls on the day.

Social network Twitter has scheduled some developer events for October 10th and 12th that is focused on the integration with iOS 5, which further suggests the new OS will be available to the public by then. It is nothing unusual for Apple to release a new version of the OS just ahead of the next iPhone. Last year the company launched iOS 4 three days prior to the iPhone 4.

Regarding the second set of dates, these could indicate the new iPhone being made available to consumers, and we have already brought you the news that Apple could be holding a press event for the iPhone 5 on October 4th.

In just over a week we will hopefully know when the new iPhone will be coming to the market, and then consumers can decide if it is the handset for them. There have been many of our readers saying they are waiting to see what the iPhone 5 is like before making the decision to buy. Unlike other iPhone launches there is much more competition with many worthy Android handsets now available.

Will you see what the specifications are of the iPhone 5 before deciding which new handset to get?