We’ve already heard rumors that the iPhone 5 would launch on October 15th and now one of our trusted tipsters has just dropped some further evidence in our lap. We’ve got our hands on a Sprint Training Manual that suggests in-store support for the iPhone 5 (a name that was all-but-confirmed by Apple earlier this week) will begin on 10/15/2012. The reasoning here is that if you have in-store support available, chances are that you’ll have the product in-store (otherwise there is nothing to support).
Speculation from another source was a potential October 14th launch: Sprint has formerly launched devices on the same day training concluded. This was true for the launch of the Motorola Photon Q and the Samsung Galaxy S3. With the leaked document indicating training for the iPhone ends on October 14th, it seems plausible that the new iPhone launches that same day. After all, Sprint’s device launches have historically been tied to Sundays, and October 14th is a Sunday. That being said, we would still flip a coin if pushed to pick an October 14th/15th launch guess.
Previously predicted Verizon and AT&T launches on September 21st could still hold true as this leaked date is more specifically geared towards a Sprint launch.
Apple is more strict in their handling and control of mobile carrier partnerships, so in the end they’ll dictate the launch date themselves. Dates can change and flex based on a number of wide ranging circumstances, so don’t go taking the day off from work on October 15th just yet. Consider this as pretty good confirmation that the iPhone 5 will be launching on Sprint right around October 15th, which will make a lot of you some very happy campers.
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UPDATE #1: Many people of suggested an October 15th date would be awkward given its large length of time from announcement. We might be looking at an exclusive period at launch for Verizon and/or AT&T or perhaps a delayed launch for some 3rd parties. We’ll have to wait and see.
UPDATE #2: The same document reveals Sprint does not currently have plans to launch a Windows Phone.