Verizon employee vacation dates have been blocked from Friday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 30, according to a “trusted” employee that spoke with TechCrunch. That aligns with previous rumors that the next iPhone will become publicly available in America on Sept. 21.
The week before, on Sept. 12, Apple is widely expected to hold a media event to unveil its sixth-generation iPhone, referred to by many in the media and public as the “iPhone 5.” A Tuesday unveiling followed by a formal product launch the next Friday follows the same timetable as previous Apple iPhone announcements.
Last year, Apple announced the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, and the device became available in stores over a week later, on Friday, Oct. 14. Preorders began on Oct. 7 last year, but this year Apple is rumored to begin accepting preorders the same day the next iPhone is announced, on Sept. 12.