Amercian carrier AT&T executives are apparently talking up an October release of the iPhone 5, citing some high-level sources from the comapny, BGR is reporting that AT&T's Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 is slated to launch in early October.
AllThingsD was one of the first news outlets to report on an October launch date. No reasoning was given, but it indicated that reports of a two week blackout for employee vacations in late September was not related to the iPhone 5 launch.
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," he said in a note to managers. That time frame would put the period in question from September 23 to October 8.
Corroborating the dates TiPb heard as well, Apple is aiming to launch the fifth-generation iPhone on October 7 and planning on starting pre-orders September 30.
Either way, what is still missing is any announcement of a press event where the iPhone 5 would make its debut. BGR claims that such an event would come in late September. Using past history, that probably means we wouldn't hear about an announcement of such an event until early September at the earliest.
They also forecasted a $350 iPhone was due by "end of summer".