October 14th Launch for iPhone 4S/5 in US, UK, France, Germany, Japan? [Updated]

Japanese site Mac Otakara reports that Apple may be preparing to launch the iPhone 5 (or 4S or both) on October 14th in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.

The report cites earlier comments from France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard regarding an October 15th launch for the device on that carrier and reports of Apple retail store employee vacation blackouts for October 14th and 15th, but seems to have its own independent information regarding an October 14th launch.

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Apple is reportedly holding a media event next Tuesday, October 4th to introduce the new iPhone, and an October 14th launch for the device would be in line with Apple's usual interval between announcement and availability and would line up most closely with previous rumors of a mid-October launch.

Mac Otakara has occasionally offered accurate information in the past, although several of its claims also failed to come true. Back in August, the site claimed that the iPhone 4S and iPad 3 would debut at a media event in early October with availability set for late October. iPad 3 rumors had been swirling at the time, but were later discounted as reported indicated that Apple will be pushing the iPad 3 with Retina display back to an early 2012 introduction.

Update: The Next Web is also hearing word of an October 14th launch date, with iOS 5 perhaps appearing for current hardware on October 12th. Previous reports have suggested that iOS 5 could debut on October 10th.

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theperipheral Avatar
166 months ago
It's like yall are making front page stories based on speculation from your own forum.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HelveticaNeue Avatar
166 months ago
Canada gets the shaft again :(
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soco Avatar
166 months ago
News flash: Other sites are reporting that other sites reported cited information from rumors on other sites.

Wait... :confused:
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canyonblue737 Avatar
166 months ago
OCT 4 - Unveiling
OCT 10 - iOS 5 / iCloud launch for existing iOS devices
OCT 14 - iPhone "5" launch
OCT 18 - investor quarterly results phone call with details on the launch numbers of the iPhone "5"
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pewra Avatar
166 months ago
I just heard news that Apple announced October 4th for their media event.
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YeahBuddy Avatar
166 months ago
I hope they learned their lesson with the iPad 2, and there's enough to meet demand.

Unless they're only releasing an iPhone "4s", I'm sure they'll have no problems with their stock. :p
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