Updated 1st post with results.
Thank you ALL for tweeting. At least we've changed their standard answer. And I think when they say "very near future," we're talking within the next week (my prediction); definitely before 2012 and way before Christmas, at the least, I think.
They took time to add the word "very" to their responses; why do that? They can't be that sadistic to write "very" and then wait until the end of December. Their scale of time can't be that
And, they tweeted to two
people that the update was going to be 4.2; combine this with that now-closed thread from an AT&T employee stating it was 4.2. Guys, I think things are shaping up very well here.