Up until the last few weeks, the entire tech industry was having problems agreeing on an iPhone 5 launch date. With no official word from Apple, analysts and tech pundits have been forced to rely on rumors and speculation as sources of information.

We’ve heard everything from August to October as possible launch dates for Apple’s next smartphone, but more recently the reports seem to be agreeing on a timeframe. It’s looking more and more likely that the next iPhone will be available in early October…

Both TiPb and 9to5Mac have confirmed an October 7 availability for the highly anticipated device, and now BGR has corroborated the information with a source inside AT&T:

“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.”

Even The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple agrees. The ex-MacWorld editor, who’s known for being plugged-in to the industry, confirmed the early October date this morning with a simple “yep.” Dalyrmple was behind the debunking of the September 7th Apple event last week.

Unless Apple experiences a major setback in the next few weeks, expect the iPhone 5 to launch in the first week of October. Now that you know, you can start cleaning up your old iPhones to sell on eBay and checking with your carriers for upgrade eligibility.

  • Jason Masters

    Anyone wanna trade a webos tablet for an iPhone 4 lol?

    • Ken

      No No
      you should trade with new iPhone.

  • Reggee

    What happened to prepriotory information? What is this trend that information is leaking like this? And also, this speculation is so vague that it could be in reference to school starting??? Unless it’s from apple, I’m not listening…

  • Yave distancia

    This makes sense now!! My girlfriend had an interview with the central cal Hr for an AT&T retail sales position in San Jose,ca. My gf said the interviewer mentioned to her that they are hiring employees with an expected trainiing start date of mid September. Put the the pieces together!!!

  • Rod

    I’m trying Android for the time being I already sold my iphone4 $475 #Nice

  • My birthday is in the second week of October! Score!