According to leaked documents from Canadian wireless carrier Telus, Apple’s next-generation flagship iPhone 5 may be launching on October 1st. While Apple historically have launched iPhone devices on Thursdays or Fridays, the Saturday launch date in Canada is a bit odd. However, according to BGR, the document containing the iPhone 5 launch date also lists launch dates for other devices, and those dates appear accurate suggesting that the October 1st date may in fact be true.
Most recently, there were debates whether the iPhone 5 would launch in September or towards the end of October, with some consensus being that Apple may introduce the device at its historic Fall iPod music event and make the device available for consumer purchase in October. The Telus launch date falls in line with recent speculations.
It’s unclear if Canada’s iPhone 5 will launch at the same time as the U.S. launch of the iPhone 5. Historically, Apple focuses on the U.S. and/or several additional launch countries to slowly debut a product to maintain a healthy balance between supply and demand, and then gradually expand the product’s availability to other international markets. A U.S. launch date could very well happen in advance of the October 1st date for Telus, or it could happen at the same time.
For now, as Fall is quickly approaching, those eager upgrade their iOS hardware may have just a little while longer to wait.
The device is reported being sent to carriers for internal testing now as it has been approved internally by Apple tests.
Recent leaked cases for the device suggest that a larger, curved display may be part of the iPhone 5’s design, along with a curved back, similar to the curves on the iPhone 3G/3GS, as well as a slimmer provile with edges that bevel out.