Orange boss confirms iPhone 5 launch date

Well, it's fair to say that the launch date of the iPhone 5 is being narrowed down. Just about everyone is saying mid-October, with another analyst pointing to that approximate date earlier in the week. But one tech boss has gone a step further - announcing the actual launch date.

At least, he's announced a date he believes it to be. According to TechRadar, that tech boss is Stéphane Richard, CEO of France Telecom, parent company of Orange. Speaking to the French media, he said: 'If we believe what we have been told, the iPhone 5 will be released on 15 October.' Other details were note forthcoming at the BFM Business conference, aside from the Orange man confirming that the network will have 'special tariffs' on its arrival.

Got your diary to hand? Well, you'll notice that date is a Saturday. Apple's big products usually launch on a weekday, with the iPad 2 also throwing in the added inconvenience of queuing all day before the sales assistant would throw you one. Either Mr Richard has got his date wrong (intentionally or not) or Apple is going to kill off a chunk of our weekend too, asking us to queue in autumnal drizzle on a Saturday to get our hands on the latest must-have smartphone.

A previous report did indicate retail activity on October 21, which is a Friday and more in line with tradition. That sounds more 'right' to us. Either way, it doesn't give Apple long to turn everything around, especially if the final version of iOS 5 is only being handed over at the end of September.

We're getting the words 'stock shortage' and 'queue' again. But is it ever any other way with Apple?

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