As reported by a “reliable” stafferto TechCrunch, Verizon has allegedly blacked out employee vacation days from September 21st to 30th. The move is consistent with previous suggestions that Apple will launch its sixth-generation iPhone in the U.S. on September 21.
Several publications have also independently claimed that the next handset will be unveiled the week before, at a special media event on September 12. The announcement of a new model on Tuesday with a formal product release scheduled for the next Friday fits the same timeframe as all previous iPhone unveilings.
In 2011, Apple introduced the iPhone 4S to the general public on October 4th, and the handset hit the retail shelves on October 14th, slightly more than a week later. Although the company started accepting preorders on October 7th last year, this year preorders are anticipated to begin the same day the announcement of the so-called ‘iPhone 5’ takes place, on September 12th.
Excitement surrounding the future launch continues to mount as the widely-awaited event is drawing nearer. Multiple part leaks have hit the web in recent months to depict what are thought to be various iPhone 5 components.
The next-generation device will allegedly sport a slightly taller 4-inch display and a smaller 9-pin port instead of the usual 30-pin dock connector found on all previous iPhone models. Numerous pictures posted on tech websites have also shown that Apple will place the headphone jack at the bottom of the handset too as part of a major hardware overhaul.