So we know that Apple is planning an event for the 4th of October having issued media invites just yesterday. Based on the invite, it’s without doubt that this will be the event where Apple will be announcing their next-generation iPhone, but as to when the device will be launched remains a mystery.

We had previously reported on a rumor that the iPhone could be launched on the 14th of October in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan, and it looks like that date may not be so far fetched after all. Much like how Apple is asking their employees to cancel any leave they may have planned for the first two weeks of October, AT&T has been reported to be doing the same thing, blocking employee vacation from the 3rd of October (a Monday) to the 14th of October (which is a Friday).

Further corroborating this, BGR’s source has also informed them that AT&T’s inventory system lists six “new product” SKU placeholders, which is believed to be meant for Apple’s iPhone and related accessories. While we think that it could be a placeholder for other products, it seems that AT&T’s typical practice involves using the name of actual product even ahead of product launch, but since this is Apple, we guess AT&T is respecting Apple’s request for the utmost secrecy.

Join us on the 4th of October as we bring you news surrounding Apple’s event, and we will see if the rumors of a 14th of October launch for the next-generation iPhone will hold true.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones >Rumors. Read more about AT&T and iPhone 5.

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