There are now just two days to go until Sprint, AT&T and Verizon get iOS 5, and as there has to be carrier approval by October 5, 2011, it’s yet more evidence that the iPhone 5 will be with us very soon. That date mentioned above seems to fit in nicely with our most recent report on the unveiling of Apple’s latest smartphone.
Once carriers agree they will then be given time to test the Gold Master version of iOS 5, so will only give them a few weeks to iron out any issues that may be found. One would not expect their to be many issues, but you never know what happens — especially as Sprint has never tested iOS before. Having said that, as this is a new version the likes of AT&T and Big Red could also run into one or two teething problems.
BGR says that this step is needed before Apple can install the OS on millions of their iPhone 5 devices, which as we know are being manufactured by Foxconn. We cannot be certain if iOS 5 will be made available to other iPhone’s first via iTunes — our guess would be yes. Surely it would be better to have a public test before they install it onto the new smartphones?
However, if we are to look at history over the past few years, then a new iPhone is usually launched just days after the release of a new iOS version. There are signs that iOS 5 will be released on October 10, 2011, which means that we could see an iPhone 5 release on October 13. This kind of makes sense, from what we remember the current version of the iPhone was made available on a Thursday as well.
As always Apple has yet to announce anything, but surely they are just dotting the i’s and crossing the i’s now?