Mac4Ever reports that France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard has reportedly claimed that iPhone 5 will be released on October 15th.
It is however not clear if Richard has based this claim on information he has received or based on the rumors and speculations he has heard so far. It would be odd for a top executive like Richard to comment based on rumors.
This is apparently what Richard told reporters:
If I believe what we heard, the iPhone 5 will be released on October 15.
Interestingly, back in May 2011, Richard had also revealed in an interview that iPhone 5 will be smaller and thinner. He had also revealed that Apple was working on a project dubbed “e-SIM project”, which would allow the iPhone to work without any SIM card. He had commented that carriers like France Telecom felt that it was a bad idea as “the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process”, so Apple is working with them to introduce a smaller SIM card. Since then we’ve heard that Apple has put the project on hold for the time being.
As MacRumors points out, October 15th, which is a Saturday would be an odd day for iPhone 5 launch as Apple prefers to launch the next generation iPhone either on a Thursday or Friday, so October 14th seems like a more likely date, which in line with some rumors.