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Friday, August 19, 2011, 07:45 am PT (10:45 am ET)

AT&T exec reportedly tells staffers to prepare for early October iPhone 5 launch

Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 5 is likely to be unveiled in a matter of weeks before hitting the market sometime in early October, a high-ranking AT&T official is reported to have told staffers of the U.S wireless carrier.

Citing one of its "high-level AT&T sources," BGR claims the iPhone 5 is slated to launch in early October following an introduction at a media event sometime later next month. “Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly," the executive is reported to have said.

While the report offers no further details, the timeframe is consistent with a recent claim from TiPb, which said last week that its sources have indicated that Friday, October 7th is currently tracking as day Apple hopes to begin shipping the device.