Before we hop into all the new Windows 8 news, there are a few nuggets of information pertaining to iOS 5 and the iPhone 5 you may want to know. First and foremost: iOS 5. According to new rumors published by BGR, the last beta ( beta 8 ) will drop this Friday with the Golden Master (read: pretty much final copy) being sent out to manufacturers on September 23rd. The public release for iOS 5 will follow a couple weeks after on or near October 10th according to AppleInsider who cites “a person familiar with the matter” that claims their local Apple repair center is being told to “prepare for an eight-fold increase in call volume” beginning Monday, October 10th. The only logical explanation for such an increase would be a new product launch (ie: iOS 5). The same source also says iCloud will officially launch on the same day as iOS 5.
So what good is a new OS without fancy new hardware? Yeah, the iPhone 4 we’ve been rockin’ iOS 5 betas on over the last couple of months is like a new phone. But we’re sure you understand the lust of a new gadget. With that said, French Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard is making some bold claims of his own. Specifically, Richard is saying France Telecom will launch the new iPhone 5 on October 15th. If true, this means the U.S. will almost certainly see a release one to many days before — October 14th? — which just so happens to align perfectly with continuing rumors pointing to an early to mid-October iPhone 5 release.
The above information isn’t set in stone, and as such should be taken rather lightly. Apple never comments on future product or service launches. iOS 5, iPhone 5, and iCloud are no different.
As for iOS 5 and the iPhone 5 dropping separately, it’s actually not impossible. The same scenario was used with previous iPhone launches — the new version of iOS launching earlier in the week so non-upgrades could get their updates downloaded, installed, and out of the way so that come Thursday/Friday, owners of newly launched iPhone hardware could properly activate and begin using their new devices.