We’ve been hearing either September or October for the release of the iPhone 5 (s aapl), and now there’s some strong support backing the idea of an early October launch. BGR reports that high-level AT&T(s t) employees say a company vice president has confirmed early October as the iPhone 5’s arrival time, and The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple appears to have backed up the claim.
The BGR report says that an AT&T VP told several employees that the iPhone 5 is “slated to launch in early October,” and that he also told a group of managers to “[e]xpect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days.” This is in keeping with recent reports that we’ll see the iPhone 5 announced in late September, with a release a little later in early October. AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski was the first to claim assertively that October would be the iPhone 5’s launch month, based on information from an anonymous source.
Jim Dalrymple also seems to have confirmed the October launch in a brief post today quoting the BGR report and adding simply “Yep.” Dalrymple is known to have solid connections either at or close to Apple, and has a good track record with product predictions. AllThingsD is also well-connected at Apple, so the October timing seems like a pretty solid bet at this time based on the information available.