According to MacRumors, “an employee at a UK cellular carrier” shared the date with the publication, claiming Apple would launch pre-orders at the conclusion of the event and that the phones would be available October 16.
MacRumors notes that the source might’ve confused pre-order and launch date timelines, as such timing would be unusual. Apple normally delivers phones a week after launch, and other sources have pointed to October 23 availability. It’s also
In any case, an October 13 date seems likely. Apple consistently holds events on Tuesdays, usually within the first two weeks of a month. October 13 has also been shared by AppleInsider and leaker Jon Prosser, although the latter’s leaks are occasionally unreliable.