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Apple is quietly denying requests for employee vacations during the second week of October, hinting that the company currently anticipates an influx of customers to its stores around that time related to availability of its new iOS 5 and fifth-generation iPhone products.

More specifically, the iPhone maker has in some locations blacked out vacation time for employees from October 9th through 12th and October 14th through 15th, according to people familiar with the matter.

Potential iOS 5.0 Release Date

The first block of dates -- the 9th through the 12 -- could pertain to the release of iOS 5 for existing iOS device owners on Monday the 10th. As AppleInsider reported last week, certain segments of the company's AppleCare divisions have been told to prepare for an influx of iOS-related inquiries on that same day.

Twitter has also scheduled a developer event and a pair of "Developer Teatimes" for Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 with a "heavy focus" on the social service's tight integration with iOS 5, further suggesting that Apple's non-disclosure terms covering the new mobile OS will have been lifted by then via a public release of the software.

Issuing a major iOS release a few days prior to launching new iPhone that will also leverage the software is not unexpected. For instance, last year Apple released iOS 4.0 on June 21st and then rolled out the iPhone 4 on June 24th. And a year earlier it launched iOS 3.0 (then dubbed iPhone Software 3.0) on June 17th and then followed up with the iPhone 3GS on the 21st.

Potential iPhone 5 Release Weekend

Assuming hints of an iOS 5.0 release around Monday, October 10th prove accurate, the second block of retail blackout dates -- October 14th and 15th -- could signal availability of the fifth-generation iPhone hardware by that Friday.

With Apple rumored to hold a media event to first unveil its fifth-generation iPhone plans on October 4th, that would give the Cupertino-based company roughly 10 days to field pre-orders ahead of an official launch.
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After the iPad 2 launch, i'll not going to be surprised if there are no preorders or reservations

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Dear god, how fucking long is it going to take. Every week it's further and further out the release.

My 3gs is barely functional. I will never not upgrade yearly to the new model every again.
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My 3gs is barely functional. I will never not upgrade yearly to the new model every again.

And my first-gen is perfectly functional

What are you people doing with your iPhones?

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And my first-gen is perfectly functional

What are you people doing with your iPhones?

Using them?
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So we'll hear about the event next week, right?
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Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post

Using them?

If you meant 'as phones', touché.

If you meant 'at all', so am I. Every day.

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So we'll hear about the event next week, right?

Personally at this point, the only thing that I'm concerned about is just getting that invite out there.

I'm ITCHING to start mindlessly deconstructing it in Photoshop (with various false-color filters), measuring the size of the Apple logo on it, comparing that to existing devices, and coming to baseless conclusions about future products based on the logo and the (obviously cryptic) one-liner used as the announcement.

That's probably my favorite part of the rumor community.

No jokes, I love seeing people do that.

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I'm ITCHING to start mindlessly deconstructing it in Photoshop (with various false-color filters), measuring the size of the Apple logo on it, comparing that to existing devices, and coming to baseless conclusions about future products based on the logo and the (obviously cryptic) one-liner used as the announcement.

That's considerably more effort than any tech analyst puts into their baseless conclusions.
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Using them?


Battery is in BAD shape. Phone just dies when it hits 48%.

Yes, I have tried re-calibrating etc Nothing fixes it. Using an iphone with 50% battery power availble is a HUGE pain in the ass

Replacing the battery myself looks like a very delicate operation, so that's not an option.
Paying $75 to replace battery on a 2yr old phone is a waste at this point...
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Battery is in BAD shape. Phone just dies when it hits 48%.

Yes, I have tried re-calibrating etc Nothing fixes it. Using an iphone with 50% battery power availble is a HUGE pain in the ass

Replacing the battery myself looks like a very delicate operation, so that's not an option.
Paying $75 to replace battery on a 2yr old phone is a waste at this point...

Why didn't you get Apple to give you a new phone? They test the battery, if it's holding a charge below the acceptable threshold for number of cycles they will replace it on site. I've had them do this for many iPhones, iPods, and Macs over the years.
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Battery is in BAD shape. Phone just dies when it hits 48%.

Yes, I have tried re-calibrating etc Nothing fixes it. Using an iphone with 50% battery power availble is a HUGE pain in the ass

Replacing the battery myself looks like a very delicate operation, so that's not an option.
Paying $75 to replace battery on a 2yr old phone is a waste at this point...

Okay, I respect that. I can understand that.

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Strange. Mine works great. Gets better reception then my friends and family on AT&T with iPhone 4s.

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Dear god, how fucking long is it going to take. Every week it's further and further out the release.

My 3gs is barely functional. I will never not upgrade yearly to the new model every again.
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So we'll hear about the event next week, right?

Invitations should go out, with event scheduled dor following week. Keep in mind Apple is building up inventory for the launch. Each additional day is an extra 150000 units. By now they should have around 10 mil ready to go.
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You can pay $25 for a do it yourself kit that includes the necessary tools. The phone itself is still selling for about $200. It is a no brainer. If you really can't do these types of repairs yourself, you can pay somebody to do it for $50, which included shipping.

Update: I found the kit with tools even cheaper. $20.

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Battery is in BAD shape. Phone just dies when it hits 48%.

Yes, I have tried re-calibrating etc Nothing fixes it. Using an iphone with 50% battery power availble is a HUGE pain in the ass

Replacing the battery myself looks like a very delicate operation, so that's not an option.
Paying $75 to replace battery on a 2yr old phone is a waste at this point...
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Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post

Dear god, how fucking long is it going to take. Every week it's further and further out the release.

My 3gs is barely functional. I will never not upgrade yearly to the new model every again.

Seriously. My 3GS' runs like crap under iOS 4 and I cannot wait forever to upgrade this slow thing.
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Seriously. My 3GS' runs like crap under iOS 4 and I cannot wait forever to upgrade this slow thing.

OK, now you're just trolling. Because I have the exact same phone and it has never run like crap. Ever. Even with the latest OS updates.
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OK, now you're just trolling. Because I have the exact same phone and it has never run like crap. Ever. Even with the latest OS updates.

Mine runs pretty crap too. Not unusably crap, but something happened at a dot release which has certainly slowed it up.
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So we'll hear about the event next week, right?

Apple just broke their 2 weeks iOS beta release cycle. The last beta was released more than 3 weeks ago. The GM release should be within two weeks now. I expect the GM will be announced and released at the event. Maybe there are few things about iOS 5 Apple did not tell anyone about
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Using them?

Why don't you put it in a gigantic ugly protecting case so it never ages, but never get any benefit out of how slim and slick it is?

Never understood that Same folks who put plastic on their couch so they stay looking good
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Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post

Battery is in BAD shape. Phone just dies when it hits 48%.

Yes, I have tried re-calibrating etc Nothing fixes it. Using an iphone with 50% battery power availble is a HUGE pain in the ass

Replacing the battery myself looks like a very delicate operation, so that's not an option.
Paying $75 to replace battery on a 2yr old phone is a waste at this point...

Considering you can sell it on the open market for $200, I'd disagree.
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OK, now you're just trolling. Because I have the exact same phone and it has never run like crap. Ever. Even with the latest OS updates.

lol cmon, you think every phone runs the same? Seriously?
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OK, now you're just trolling. Because I have the exact same phone and it has never run like crap. Ever. Even with the latest OS updates.

Really? Never? I don't think anybody believes that claim for a bit unless you never use your phone for anything.

I own two iPhone 3GS': one for my wife and one for myself. We use them far more often than our home computers and I'm posting in this thread on my phone right now. Both have ran poorly in the past few months and wiping the phones hasn't helped much. Given that they're ancient by today's standards I don't hold it against Apple. I'm just waiting for the new iPhones so I can ditch these slow things.
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Just to be on the safe side, Samsung has also blacked out vacation days during the second week of October.

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Just to be on the safe side, Samsung has also blacked out vacation days during the second week of October.

But only for their engineers.
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Uhhh huh? Uhhhh hmmm? Uhhh what? Uhh uhhuh.
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It makes this all sound like an MI6 operation, it's ridiculous.
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My 2 year old 3GS is okay with iOS 4.3.x. Performance has been about the same as iOS 3. After a summer where my kids and nephews beat it up with Infinity Blade, Rage, Pocket God and who knows what, it is still working good. YMMV. Or your experience will vary.

Waiting for the 2011 iPhone has been interminable. 960x640 IPS display with the A5 will be a quantum leap from the 3GS. 4x the CPU, 9x the GPU. That's huge. Crossing my fingers for 64 GB storage.
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It makes this all sound like an MI6 operation, it's ridiculous.

Anything in the world of business that does not equate to an Apple executive on stage during a keynote stating something outright or Apple Store employees loudly stating, "HEY EVERYONE! WE'RE BLACKING OUT VACATION DAYS FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF OCTOBER!" constitutes 'quietly'.

It's not ridiculous, it's business. They're not explicitly telling.

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Just to be on the safe side, Samsung has also blacked out vacation days during the second week of October.

Yeah. For their lawyers so they can launch that legal assault on Apple they've been planning.
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Just to be on the safe side, Samsung has also blacked out vacation days during the second week of October.

They will be paying upwards of $900+ for someone to stand in line and buy iphones for them.
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I think the only reason why Apple was holding out on us was because of the ios 5. Production probably started late July or mid August. I just can't wait to get rid of my samsung phone, death to them.
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Yeah. For their lawyers so they can launch that legal assault on Apple they've been planning.

Samsung is just jealous that Apple succeeded where they couldn't in the phone and tablet market.
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Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post

Dear god, how fucking long is it going to take. Every week it's further and further out the release.

My 3gs is barely functional. I will never not upgrade yearly to the new model every again.

That is just ridiculous.
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It can't be as bad as my 3G. It only lasts about 20 minutes now. I feel like I'm limping to the finish line. What happened to June/July!?
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It can't be as bad as my 3G. It only lasts about 20 minutes now. I feel like I'm limping to the finish line. What happened to June/July!?

Heh, the daughter has the wife's heavily abused 3G. The mute switch is non-functional, it just randomly mutes for no outside reason at all, and the battery lasts between 30 minutes and 6 hours. I can find no rhyme or reason to it. And she was so happy to get that phone after the POS nokia she had before that she doesn't even complain about it.

...but she is ready to buy a new phone. I sure hope they have a cheap model or drop the current iPhone 4 to around $75 for her.

My original iPhone is still in fine shape though. The women in my household are sure rough on their electronics.
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I'm looking forward to the upgrade too, but I'm puzzled why all of you are having these problemsmy 3G is more than 3 years old, but most days even after 18 hours the battery still appears to be about 80% full. I charge it daily, but it never comes close to running out, even if I watch movies and check GPS constantly over the course of a five-hour bus ride. My biggest gripe is the slowness of Google Maps, and the spelling auto-correct could be better.
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Isn't the 2nd week in October usually when Apple reports earnings? If so, then unlikely that they would release the iPhones/iPods/iCloud/iOS 5 during this time, perhaps later in the month.
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Mine runs pretty crap too. Not unusably crap, but something happened at a dot release which has certainly slowed it up.

Even my iPhone 4 seems slow now. I don't know if the OS updates have progressively slowed it down or my baseline for judging its performance has changed since acquiring an iPad 2. It's probably a combination of both.

Either way I'll still get an iPhone 5 with A5 processor. Apple are very clever in the way that they make us "need" upgrades to products not much more than a year old...
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I'm looking forward to the upgrade too, but I'm puzzled why all of you are having these problemsmy 3G is more than 3 years old, but most days even after 18 hours the battery still appears to be about 80% full. I charge it daily, but it never comes close to running out, even if I watch movies and check GPS constantly over the course of a five-hour bus ride. My biggest gripe is the slowness of Google Maps, and the spelling auto-correct could be better.

You clearly have some sort of super-phone that acquired superpowers at some stage during it's manufacture or delivery, un undisclosed radiation leak at Apple HQ perhaps?
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Even my iPhone 4 seems slow now. I don't know if the OS updates have progressively slowed it down or my baseline for judging its performance has changed since acquiring an iPad 2. It's probably a combination of both.

Either way I'll still get an iPhone 5 with A5 processor. Apple are very clever in the way that they make us "need" upgrades to products not much more than a year old...

If the next one doesn't have a bigger screen I will probably go for the htc sensation or sgs II. But only on a 12 mo contract!
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