Yesterday, it was reported that Apple is expected to release iOS 5 GM to assemblers on September 23rd. Today, a source connected to Apple’s AppleCare customer service call centers has told AppleInsider that the company is expecting a large number of iOS-related support calls beginning Monday, October 10th, suggesting a release of iOS 5 to current users on that date.
The person familiar with the matter could not say with any certainty what will be released on that Monday, but said that the increase in call volume is related to iOS. This led him to believe that Apple could release iOS 5 and iCloud on Oct. 10. Usually, Apple releases major iOS updates a few days ahead of the new hardware running the operating system.
For instance, one person familiar with the matter said his local AppleCare call center has been told to expect an eightfold increase in customer calls on that day, and that staff are being advised ahead of time for the increased traffic.
The person could not say with any certainty what will be released on that Monday, but noted that the increase in call volume is related to iOS. This led them to speculate that Apple could release iOS 5 and iCloud on Oct. 10.
An October 10th debut of iOS 5 for existing hardware lines up with current rumors of Apple planning for a final carrier certification of the new OS soon. 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.