Boy Genius Report’s Jonathan Geller has an exclusive on iPhone 5, claiming that AT&T is gearing up for an early to mid-September launch of iPhone 5. The carrier is apparently communicating launch plans to employees, Geller claims, and urging them to finish 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. Other reports indicate that Apple is looking to hire additional Apple Store staff to be on hand for “new product launches” during the same period of time, further supporting our information.
This pretty much jibes with what we know so far, including a MacRumors story about Apple increasing retail staffing for August-September in the US and an unreliable report calling for a September iPhone 5 launch in the US (October everywhere). Apple issued the fourth iOS 5 beta over the weekend as an over-the-air update, expanded the App Store to 33 new countries, flip the switch on the Documents in the Cloud feature of iOS 5 and enabled wireless device syncing in Windows with the latest iOS 5 beta, which all signals that the company is polishing the software and smoothing out a couple of rough edges before the official release. In addition, T-Mobile USA is now cozying up to iPhone users while Verizon has been seen clearing iPhone 4 accessories stock in anticipation of iPhone 5 launch.