Relying information provided by “high-level sources” from American carrier AT&T, BGR is getting on the early October iPhone 5 launch bandwagon. They heardthat AT&T higher-ups told their managers to prepare employees for a “really, really busy” iPhone 5 launch. The internal communication allegedly includes the specific mention of an early October release, jiving well with latest information floating in the blogosphere:
One of our high-level AT&T sources just informed us that an AT&T Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 is slated to launch in early October. Additionally, the VP communicated the following to a group of managers: ‘Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly’.
Per information 9to5Macobtained from trusted sources, corroborating the dates TiPbheard as well, Apple is aiming to launch the fifth-generation iPhone on October 7 and planning on starting pre-orders September 30. Additionally, the first week of October date for the new iPhone’s availability, fits nicely with our report about AT&T’s major early October changes: data throttling and a new insurance plan for $199 devices.
It should be noted, however, that the iPhone 5 launch is a fast-moving target and Apple may change target date – and likely will. A lot of conflicting information pertaining to the handset’s features make it difficult to separate wheat from chaff. Several leaks do, however, point to a thinner, sleaker form factor that represents a distinctive departure from iPhone 4’s glass design (although some obviously disagree).