According to analyst Ming-Ghi Kuo, the new iPhone and iPod touch went into mass production in late August, and assemblers are scheduled to receive the golden master of iOS 5 sometime between September 23rd and September 30th. Usually, a golden master version of software is identical to the code that eventually becomes the final release to the public.
Once Apple’s oversea assemblers receive the new software, they will be able to install it on the finalized hardware and prepare it for shipping. The report suggests that iOS 5 will come preinstalled on both the fifth-generation models of the iPhone and iPod touch, set to be released in the coming weeks (honestly, this makes sense).
According to the report, a release of iOS 5 to assemblers will be available in the week of Sept. 23. If true, it means that finalized hardware units for the new iPhone and iPod touch will begin to ship at the end of September. With an estimated 10 to 12 days for shipping, the two new devices are likely to be available by mid-October, Kuo said.
Apple has said that iOS 5 will become available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall. In addition, Apple is expected to send out invites for an event soon.