As newly reported by BGR, it seems AT&T is readying to launch the sixth-gen iPhone on its network in the second half of September, switching to an “all-hands-on-deck” policy through the middle of next month to handle a leap in demand that is inevitably associated with new iPhone debuts.
The carrier has allegedly even gone as far as to shift a training event initially scheduled for the first week of October in order to keep employees around to help with the launch of the widely discussed handset.
Multiple sources have backed up September 12th as the official iPhone 5 unveiling date. iMore even added that Apple is planning the first set of launches for September 21st.
BGR has pointed to carrier staffing ramp-up and vacation blackouts a couple of times in the past, bit its reports weren’t always accurate. Last July, for instance, the website claimed that AT&T was ramping up for an early September iPhone release. As no announcement came from Apple in that timeframe, BGR reported that the carrier was planning vacation blackouts for the first half of October. The latest iPhone model, 4S, hit AT&T on October 14th, narrowly fitting the suggested window.
Another fresh rumor from more reliable iMore also argued that pre-orders for the next-gen handset would start on September 12th, the same day Apple is thought to announce it, at least in North America. According to the website, the second wave of iPhone releases will begin in international markets in early October, most likely October 5th.