AT&T Reportedly Prepping for iPhone Launch in 'Early to Mid-September'

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BGR reports that AT&T is beginning preparations for an expected "early to mid-September" launch of the next-generation iPhone, in line with launch rumors and expectations and other reports of Apple beefing up its retail store staffing over a similar timeframe.
BGR has exclusively learned that AT&T has begun communicating launch plans internally for Apple's next-generation iPhone 5 handset. We have been told that AT&T has begun informing employees across the company, and those who work in retail locations, to finish any sort of employee training as soon as possible. AT&T is asking managers to finish training in order to have employees available for the influx of foot traffic expected in September, a proven source has shared with us.
Apple has been preparing to increase staffing at its retail stores in the United States and United Kingdom, and rumors have suggested that Apple will use its traditional fall iPod media event to introduce the next-generation iPhone this year. That event has typically taken place in early September, although some reports have pushed that date up into late August this year ahead of a September launch for the device. Apple has announced that iOS 5 will debut this "fall", and that software launch will undoubtedly occur right around the release of the next-generation hardware.

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Popeye206

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Bring it on! I hope AT&T allows some of the early iPhone 4 customers to upgrade without penalty. So far, they've been good about that. :D
 

Eddyisgreat

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//true story.
I was excited for lion but since that's over with my ego needs something else to dwell on.

Anyway, this is welcomed news. The stars are aligning.
 

seamuskrat

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Bring it on! I hope AT&T allows some of the early iPhone 4 customers to upgrade without penalty. So far, they've been good about that. :D
Exactly. With the 3GS they were not so helpful to 3G owners. So if this truly is an iPhone5, especially if it has LTE I hoe ATT does what they need.

That said, if this is more incremental and is an iPhone 4S or a wimped out iPhone 5 I can see them holding out.

I feat they will yank our unlimited data for those grandfathered in, especially if there is true 4 G speeds. Time will tell, 6 to 8 weeks to go.
 

switcher3365

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Bring this thing in AUGUST. I have this Samsung Sync and I'm ready to get rid of it!

AAAAHHHH!!!!
 

Chief Oddball

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It's looking more and more like a September launch, then. The big question is how big of a difference will there be between the iPhone 4 and 5. Current signs point to "not that much". But given that I'm holding a two-year-old 3GS, I'm probably going to upgrade regardless.

I'm probably going to lose my unlimited data plan, though. I can't say I've ever used more than 2 GB in a month, but it would still suck having one more meter somewhere that I have to keep watch on.
 

Sackvillenb

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Canada! \m/
hardware features

So many rumors about timing... and they mostly agree, which is good. But I want to know more about the potential features! :)
 

bushido

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cool, so ive only got to wait 3 months before i'm eligible for upgrade even tho i got the 4 on release date. sweet
 

kiljoy616

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Exactly. With the 3GS they were not so helpful to 3G owners. So if this truly is an iPhone5, especially if it has LTE I hoe ATT does what they need.

That said, if this is more incremental and is an iPhone 4S or a wimped out iPhone 5 I can see them holding out.

I feat they will yank our unlimited data for those grandfathered in, especially if there is true 4 G speeds. Time will tell, 6 to 8 weeks to go.
Now that the question unlimited data at 3G or limited at 4G
 

cadillac1234

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I'm not too excited about this to be honest.

The iPhone 4 pretty much maxed me out on the features/performance that I needed from a smartphone. As long as they don't cripple the new OTA sync or cloud features of IOS 5 in the iPhone 4 I'll be happy with my old one.

I'm sure Apple will find a way to change my mind before the launch though :D
 

applefanDrew

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alent1234 said:
It won't have LTE. Look for that in the 2012 models.
it will probably be LTE. qualcomm is supposed to ship a LTE radio chip soon that also supports all older techs as well
They pushed that chip back to early 2012. No LTE this go around.
 

msb3079

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I will upgrade from the 3Gs if it gets the upgraded A5 chip. If it doesn't then an alternative cell phone will be in my future.
Yes, bc the A5 chip is the most important part of a PHONE. The current iPhone outperforms most others with better specs. These comments are so annoying.
 

bushido

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Yes, bc the A5 chip is the most important part of a PHONE. The current iPhone outperforms most others with better specs. These comments are so annoying.
well my PHONE years ago with 256 kb ram worked just fine too but i still like the A4 chip of my iPhone 4. the iPhone can only benefit from the A5 chip, cannot wait ... my iphone 4 feels kinda luggish next to the latest samsung
 

bbplayer5

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4 inch screen minimum and LTE or its a no go for me... LTE has me spoiled with tethering :)
 
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