While iOS 5 is believed to be coming on October 10, Apple may be launching its hardware five days later. According French wireless carrier Orange head Stephane Richard, Apple will debut the iPhone 5 on October 15th. Richard says, “If I believe what we heard, the iPhone 5 will be released on October 15.”
It’s unclear how accurate the time frame would be as October 15 falls on a Saturday. Apple historically launches major products on either Thursday or Friday. However, Richard’s October 15th date would fall within Sprint’s vacation blackout notice issued to employees. Historically, carriers are known to deny vacation time to employees surrounding the time period of a major product launch. However, although the 15th would fall within the vacation blackout at Sprint, it would fall towards the tail end of the blackout period.