A document leaked from one Canadian carrier could confirm yesterday’s report that claims Apple’s iPhone 5 will be arriving in October, rather than September as months of speculation initially led us to believe.
Boy Genius Report has received information from a “reliable source” with Canadian carrier Telus that says the iPhone 5 will be launching October 1. An “internal document” accompanies their source’s claims:
We have seen seen an internal Telus document that lists October 1st as the launch date, and while the first could just be a place holder, we do not believe that is the case in this instance. The document lists additional launch dates that are not placeholders — several of the listed dates line up with what we’re hearing from other trusted sources.
Those of you flicking through your calendar now will notice that October 1 falls on a Saturday, which isn’t traditionally a day Apple would choose to launch a new iPhone. The company has previously chosen Thursday and Friday, but never a weekend. However, BGR’s source doesn’t think a Saturday launch is unrealistic:
The thing is, October 1st is a Saturday and Apple has historically released iPhones on either a Thursday evening or a Friday. Our source has indicated to us that Saturdays are the busiest day of the week for wireless retail stores, of course, and the source does not believe a Saturday launch is unrealistic.
Even if this launch date is correct for Canada, however, it won’t necessarily be correct for the rest of the world. Though the iPhone 3GS was launched in the U.S. and Canada simultaneously, BGR notes that Apple has previously launched its smartphone in the U.S. before any other country — which could still mean a September launch for some.