Apple Blocks Vacations for Retail Personnel Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch

AppleInsider has learned that Apple is silently declining requests for vacations during the second week of October, hinting at a product launch. AI cites their source as being “people familiar with the matter.” The specific blocked dates are October 9th-12th – which may be the release date range of iOS 5 – and October 14th-15th – which is a weekend, suggesting a major product launch. Another piece that fits into this puzzle is Twitter’s upcoming “Developer Teatimes” that has a “heavy focus” on iOS 5 sharing. This event is scheduled to take place on the 12th and 14th of October, which is around the same date as Apple’s vacation blocks. There’s almost definitely a connection between the two.

If the above information proves to be correct, then an October 4th announcement event from Apple would make sense and will allow 10 days for pre-ordering. As you probably remember, that’s the previous rumor and report that has been going around for a few days.

Lastly, there’s a possibility of more than one iPhone launching next month, according to BGR. They report that there may be an iPhone 4S with minor improvements and an iPhone 5 with a substantial difference in hardware. The report claims that the iPhone 4 will be lowered to $99 and the iPhone 4S will cost $199. Sadly, there’s still no mention of LTE so Apple may continue to test the new network until the middle of next year.

On a side note, you may want to look forward to some iPod announcements as well since it’s having that big 10th birthday this year. Don’t get your hopes up too much though.

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