I have to agree with Macgirl - maybe not your intention, but you came off sounding quite harsh towards a guy who just seemed to be trying to be helpful on this topic.I'm not angry with him. Just because I'm not angry with him doesn't mean I can't say why I think the reasons he listed are terrible reasons.
I know he's not the decision-maker.
Whether he's the decision-maker or not has no impact on whether or not I agree with that release time or whether or not I want to voice my opinion.
I'm not taking anything out on him. Until I hear an official release from Apple, I'm not even going to believe it.
Having said that, I also agree with you that nearly all of the approach supposedly to be taken on the 11th seems very senseless. I just don't see any good reasons for waiting / wasting nearly the entire day before putting the new phone on sale, for leaving 'setup' or whatever other prep until the very last moment at 4:00 on that day, and so on ...