By Stephen Schenck | August 19, 2011 12:12 PM
The latest claims for when Apple will release its next iPhone have been oscillating between September and early October. A recent Wall Street Journal report has been among the many voices championing the idea of the October launch. Now those theories are seeing some reinforcement in the form of a new rumor, purportedly out of AT&T’s upper echelons. According to the source, the carrier is currently preparing employees for an early October iPhone 5 release.
BGR claims this source is a high-level AT&T employee, and has revealed that execs are privately discussing an October launch within their own ranks. More publicly, the source says that AT&T is preparing lower-level employees for the release by warning them that things are about to get a little hectic for the carrier, and to ready themselves accordingly. The date range for when they should expect this onslaught to commence extends into the first week of October.
Even if sales of the new iPhone aren’t slated to begin until October, it’s likely Apple could announce the smartphone a few weeks in advance, sometime in September. After hearing so many theories about the hardware, we can’t wait to get official confirmation of just what Apple’s got cooked up.