The iPhone 5’s expected launch date has changed several times over the last few months. We’ve heard everything from August to October, and everything in between.

Recently, however, all of the rumors seem to be settling on a late September to early October availability date. And Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac all but confirms that timeframe in this new report…

“We’ve independently heard that Apple has plans to begin selling the next generation iPhone on Friday, October 7th; the date first reported by TiPb. According to our sources, Apple has been weighing between launching the new iPhone on October 7th or October 14th, but with the product’s latest stages of pre-mass-production currently moving along nicely, Apple is presently shooting towards a launch on the 7th.”

Gurman also reports that Apple plans to offer pre-orders for their upcoming smartphone, something they omitted during the iPad 2’s first weeks. Apparently the pre-orders are scheduled to start Friday, September 30.

The information certainly makes sense. Apple could hold an event in the first few weeks of September (their typical iPod event) and give it a few weeks to to sink in. Not to mention that the story jibes with a recent report from TiPb, who has also pegged October 7 as the launch date.

A September pre-order means that we’re just a few weeks away from ending this madness. Obviously the dates are subject to change in the event of any problems, but I will definitely be clearing my calendar for the first week in October.

What about you?

  • Daryl

    If IP5=LTE I’m in, if not I’ll wait for IP6.

    • Daryl

      I bet we don’t get to keep unlimited plan when LTE finally does roll out on ATT. Of course ATT customers are still waiting on 3G deployment.

      • Azhar

        I dont know about at&t but Verizon has promised users that they will get to upgrade there current unlimited 3G data plans to unlimited 4G data plans. Probably an incentive to get people to upgrade. It will be really useful if the next iPhone is LTE

      • Drock

        I was on the phone with a customer service rep cple weeks ago and asked him if I upgrade to a new iPhone will I get to keep my unlimited data plan and he said as of July 18th once anyone upgrades & resigns a contract they will no longer have the unlimited data plan. If you don’t believe me go ahead and call att and ask them yourself. I’m not to happy about this.

      • Rick Perry

        Oh man that’s messed up. Should have switched to Verizon when I had the chance.

  • Baff

    If it is the 7th October they can’t use the Moscone Center to announce it, because Oracle is using it that week…..

    • If preorders start in late September, that means they’ll have to announce it in early September. October 7 is the expected launch date, when people will be lining up outside Apple Stores.

  • Best wait for it launch. There are so many dates, I’m actually planning on keeping my iPhone 4 😛

  • My birthday is on the 12th, so I might get an iPhone 5…. or a Nexus Prime. Such a difficult decision… I need a phone for college! Those black and white pre-paid phones won’t cut it anymore!

    • Alhenny

      Dude are you really thinking about getting a droid when you can get an iPhone 5. :/. Just on the battery alone I wouldn’t mess with that plastic iPhone wanna be unless you want to walk around with a phone charger every where you go. Get the iPhone 5!!!

  • Jessica

    Anyone looking to sell their iphone 4…. For decent price I will buy from you! Let me know what your asking for yours/must be in good condition and for ATT!

  • Jessica

    Anyone looking to sell their iphone 4…. For decent price I will buy from you! Let me know what your asking for yours. must be in good condition and for ATT!

    • jackie

      @jessica I have one for sell.

  • Nancy

    Please explain, what is LTE? What will the iPhone 5 have that that I dint have in the 4?

    • Ethan

      @nancy LTE=Google

  • Shelby

    I just called 611 on my AT&T iPhone and talked to customer service, they said that you can upgrade and not lose your unlimited plan as long as you don’t change anything on your account… And I asked about upgrading the iPhone and she said that doesn’t matter.

    • Alhenny

      I wonder if AT&T will let their customers get an early upgrade like they did with the iPhone 4. My last upgrade was the i4 like the millions of AT&T customers, hope they wave the early upgrade fee.

      • Lucas K.

        You can upgrade an iPhone 4 after you’ve had it for a year, and by now most any early adopters have had it for well over a year since it came out 6/24 and if 10/7 holds true, that will be almost 16 months since the 4 was released. So unless you upgraded way late (like after October last year) then you should be fine.

    • Alhenny

      I wonder if AT&T will let their customers get an early ude like they did with the iPhone 4. last upgrade was the i4 like the millions of AT&T customers, hope they wave the early upgrade fee.

    • Drock

      That’s interesting. I wonder why one person told you one thing & another told me different. If thats the case I’ll be a happy guy knowing I’m not losing my unlimited data plan. And I asked him numerous times and received the same response. I wonder what will really happen.

  • Just like I predicted earlier this year
    Just in time for Christmas 🙂

  • cool. expect the next iphone …

  • Indeed

  • we have to wait more…………

  • Mike

    You’ll know that sprint is gonna be top dog but now that Steve job’s. Retired and isn’t CEO anymore that will have a major effect on how the stocks go around.

  • Tyler

    Will there be early upgrades for iphone 5 on att?

  • Retired and isn’t CEO anymore that will have a major effect on how the stocks go around.