iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

Summary: Apple plans to release the Golden Master of iOS 5 to its overseas assemblers between September 23 and 30 according to a new rumor, which would peg the iPhone 5 at around mid-October.

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Apple plans to release the Golden Master ("GM") of iOS 5 to its overseas assemblers between September 23 and September 30 according to a report from AppleInsider (via CNet). This would mean that iOS 5 -- and the  fifth-generation iPhone by extension -- would be on schedule a mid-October launch.

Citing analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AI notes that the Golden Master (GM) version of the much-anticipated software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is scheduled to go to overseas "assemblers" in as soon as 11 days. The report also states that new iPhone and iPod touch went into mass production in late August.

Upon receiving the software, Apple's overseas assemblers will be able to install it on the finalized hardware and prepare it for shipping. The latest version of iOS will come preinstalled on both the fifth-generation models of the iPhone and iPod touch, set to be released in the coming weeks.

A release of iOS 5 to assemblers the week of Sept. 23 means its likely finalized hardware units for the new iPhone and iPod touch will begin to ship at the end of September. With an estimated 10 to 12 days for shipping, the two new devices are likely to be available by mid-October, Kuo said.

This will come as great news to people clinging to dying iPhone 3G and 3GS'.

Now, how about that unlimited data rumor on Sprint?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems

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  • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

    On software front, I am not seeing much improvement, but if hardware of iPhone 5 supports NFC and 4G (at least HSPA+, I know Apple would be the last one to support LTE), I would ebay my iPhone 4 and get iPhone 5, otherwise I would just update my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 and be done with it.
    Ram U
    • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

      @Rama.NET Exactly, so why do you guys praise them again? They're always behind in Tech.
      slickjim
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Peter Perry Because being. Behind as you say and they still manage to beat the rest.
        illwill112
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Peter Perry Yet they've managed to outsell every individual Android device - taken as a whole (20+ Android devices vs 2 iPhone devices) then Android does sell more due to flooding the market with several devices running Android by different manufacturers and being available on all carriers.

        It'll be interesting to see what happens with Sprint if the rumor of a Sprint iPhone is true.
        athynz
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Peter Perry

        It isn't the features, it's the implementation.

        I wish Google would take more control over the Android Experience, really. I find that Android has a lot of potential that isn't coming out in the chaos.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Peter Perry I believe you are mistaken,Rama praises Microsoft, not Apple.
        Rick_Kl
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Peter Perry Let's just say that you don't get it, never will and be done with it.
        non-biased
  • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

    Talk about planned obsolescence.

    There aren't enough improvements in each verson to justify a major revision number. It's effectively 1.5
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

      @tonymcs@...
      Really?
      iPhone OS 1: first release
      iPhone OS 2: adds App Store functionality
      iPhone OS 3: arguably the only release lacking in major new functionality, effectively a build to support new h/w features in 3GS and later iPad, however it did add MMS, cut and paste and video recording
      iOS 4: multi-tasking, FaceTime, Game
      iOS 5: iCloud, Notifications, Reminders, NewsStand, iMessage, OS level Twitter integration

      Each iOS adds some major features, more than enough to warrant the major release label. Behind the scenes work includes new and refined APIs for developers each time from iOS 2 onwards. And up to iOS 4 each can be installed at least 3 generations of iPhone back. In other words a first gen iPhone can run up to 3.1.3, released two years after iPhone was first released.

      The obvious comparison is Android - when you buy a handset you don't know how customised the OS is, and whether or not it will be supported for future upgrades (hint: if it's Sony Ericsson then it will get one already out of date update and then be dropped liked a stone - not that I'm bitter).
      Ben_E
      • LMAO!!

        @Ben_E
        You do realize from a revision perspective tonymcs is correct.
        If you look at it from your breakdown:

        1.0 iPhone OS 1: first release
        1.x iPhone OS 2: adds App Store functionality
        2.0 iPhone OS 3: arguably the only release lacking in major new functionality, effectively a build to support new h/w features in 3GS and later iPad, however it did add MMS, cut and paste and video recording
        2.x iOS 4: multi-tasking, FaceTime, Game
        3.0 iOS 5: iCloud, Notifications, Reminders, NewsStand, iMessage, OS level Twitter integration

        Looks more like a 3.0 instead of a 5.0
        Then again different strokes for different folks......
        Apple can all it whatever they want ;)
        rhonin
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @rhonin

        Oh well. As the meme goes, haters gonna hate.

        But even your revised version of my breakdown needs alteration - 1.0 to 1.x doesn't work. It wasn't just the addition of App Store functionality, 3G was enabled. Remember, each iOS release coincides with a new handset, and the capability jump from iPhone > 3G > 3GS > 4 is more than noticable each time.

        Also, your 2.0 to 2.x jump? Seriously? The addition of multi-tasking, which is probably the single most substantial change iOS went through, is easily the most obvious non-point release. That one just makes me think that you haven't really understood the differences between each release...
        Ben_E
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Ben_E Adding AppStore functionality and 3G support merits an OS revision? Sounds like an application and a device driver to me. I distinctly recall downloading the Amazon Appstore onto two Android devices, and amazingly, no OS revision was needed to enable this.

        Oh... but of course, Apple hadn't actually enabled apps for 1.0... that's the real story here. So 1.0 was really more of an alpha version, eh?
        Hazydave
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @rhonin Regardless of what you think the versioning should have been the fact of the matter is they don't charge for the upgrades and make them available to everyone not just to OEM's that might someday release them so what is your paid. I could understand that if maybe they charged but that isn't the case is it?
        non-biased
    • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

      @tonymcs@... Talk about ignorance and lack of iOS knowledge. Trying to hate without the facts. You're a sad troll.

      Thanks Ben_E for breaking it down for him.
      Bates_
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Bates_

        I love how you automatically attribute any criticism of Apple to 'being a hater'....as if it is simply impossible to not bend the knee in genuflection at every mention of the blessed iPhone
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Doctor Demento: Tonymcs is indeed an iHater, as well as a member of the Anything But Apple club. One only needs to read a sample of this person???s posts to get the idea.
        Rick_Kl
      • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

        @Doctor Demento Immediately have to jump to conclusions when you obviously have no clue what you are talking about. As Rick_Kl pointed out if you only read a few of it's posts it would be obvious that Bates_ was dead on.
        non-biased
  • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

    Your title is a bit misleading. iOS 5 isn't going to be released in Sept - simply the 8th copy of it (after 7 rounds of beta) may go out to the development and supplier community with (as usual) no public release, and no promise if the "official" iOS 5 that ships in the following weeks will be the same or not.

    Remind us - how many "Gold Masters" did the last major version of iOS go through before it was formally released?
    spark555
  • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

    As with everything else, I will give this a look when it is available. If it suits what I want, I will consider purchasing an iPhone. If not then I will not purchase an iPhone. No sense getting locked into a two year contract with a device that does not suit what I want, from a phone.
    Rick_Kl
    • RE: iOS 5 rumored Sept. 23-30; iPhone 5 mid-October?

      @Rick_Kl Like you I'd be tempted if it suited my needs. However (here in the UK at least) the service providers give roughy half as many minutes (for the same monthly fee) in their contracts as they do for all other phones. That's the deal-breaker for me.
      DJL64