During Verizon's conference call discussing its Q2 2012 financial performance, CFO Fran Shammo let some information slip out about the next iPhone launch. When asked what might have held customers back from upgrading their devices in Q2, Shammo said that "of course there's always that, uh, rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter, so people may be waiting." While there's a chance that he was referring to the next Nexus phone, this felt more like a thinly-veiled reference to the oft-rumored "new iPhone." A Q4 launch would be in line with what Apple did last year, but most rumors we've heard had it pegged for a September launch. Still, while he blames the rumor mill, we'd expect Verizon's CFO to have a pretty good idea of when the carrier plans to launch Apple's next flagship device.