updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue May 11, 2010
ATT gives clues to iPhone release via upgrades
AT&T has provided a possible clue as to the next iPhone's release date by moving up the upgrade eligibility for the iPhone. Multiple customers who bought an iPhone 3GS at or near its mid-June launch date last year have seen their qualification date for a new iPhone move up in the past day from November to June 21st. Not everyone has received the change in schedule, but the timing is almost always the same.
The timing recorded by MobileCrunch users points to Apple likely launching the new iPhone the same week, as AT&T reacted to complaints about possible high upgrade costs by shortening the upgrade period for all iPhone customers within a certain period. Apple has usually shipped the iPhone for Friday releases and could put the real availability on June 25th.
Apple was claimed in one recent rumor as having the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts reserved for June 22nd, but it has almost always saved introductions for its WWDC keynote, which this year may occur on June 7th or 8th.