AT&T vacation blackout confirms September 21st launch for next Apple iPhone

AT&T vacation blackout confirms September 21st launch for next Apple iPhone
Last week, Verizon Wireless blacked out vacation dates for all of its employees from September 21st through September 30th adding to speculation that the 6th generation of the Apple iPhone will launch on September 21st. Now, AT&T has also blacked out vacation dates for its employees from September 21st to September 30th. In the past, vacation blackout dates were a good indication of when to expect the launch of the device. The Apple iPhone 5, as the phone is expected to be called, is penciled in for a September 12th introduction and pre-orders are expected to start the same day.

According to a source for Tech Crunch, AT&T employees are currently undergoing training for an "iconic release." The Apple iPhone 5 will supposedly come to market with a 4 inch display, up from the current 3.5 inch screen, in order to match larger Android devices. The screen will use new in-cell technology which allows for a thinner display and have a uni-body design.

source: TechCrunch

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1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Go, Apple, make a foolish fanboy like me happy :).

2. wendygarett unregistered

WTF!! Why att version of iPhone get so much thinner than the previous leak!!! Anyway FAKE!!!

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...what? I would doubt that there'd be different versions for just one carrier, even though AT&T has been apple's plaything for 5 years now

3. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

so, that's the new trick. The "new in-cell technology". Again, revolutionary?

11. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

maybe the antenaes will be inside the phone now... REVOLUTIONARY!!!

4. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

wow my screens thinner and touching it looks cooler and my phone is still smaller than all other midrange to high end phones. An if i drop it it will still shatter due to apple making sure it breaks easily and it will have some glitch that they obviously knew about that will require you to buy something. Are you serious? smh please please let them actually make something cool not just a slightly larger exact same phone minus the glass casing

5. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Let's give the thing a chance to at least come out first man

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well with their recent track record (ipad, retina display macbooks) I think jphones is probably correct

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And something I learned recently: iPod Nano 6th Gen has a problem with stuck power/ sleep buttons along with easily activated water markers. Apparently Apple used double sided tape to deal with the volume and sleep buttons which fails after a period of time. I would hope this time Apple doesn't cheap out and balances Form/ Function better than they have in the past.

8. godinruin

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Its kinda sad that I learn everything that my company is doing from Phone Arena and not from my company. I can definitely confirm the blackout dates though...

14. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

really we havent had any black outs... if u work in corp store whats the date that u got an email or notice? in my store we have two vacations in mid sept.... no black outs here!?!

10. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

And let us all remember that most of the internal parts are Samsung.. lol

12. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

All of these rumors are chasing people away from buying a new phone... What gives anyone the right to keep passing these along. I was watching my local news and they were talking about it like its set in stone and i know customers are buying into it. so if sept comes and we dont have an iphone launch they are gona freak out... please stop spreading this crap till u know or hear anything from apple. fyi the world will end in dec i read it online! oh and i work at att and we dont have any black outs!!! This is what im talking about!!!!

15. godinruin

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

This is true, however blackout dates are specific to the department you work in. Obviously a department that deals with financing payments arrangements (for example) is less likely to have a blackout period than a department that handles people wanting to cancel because they aren't eligible for a new iPhone upgrade yet. Of course knowing Apple, we won't even know a thing until the week before it hits either. Just rumors feeding the iMachine my friends.

13. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Sales have tanked cause everyone swares it coming out... what happens when its not?

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Actually, for call centers is not a black out period - but, it is in stores. AT&T does not even know the release date of the iphone until about 6 weeks or so. So, at the beginning of the year when employees are asked to pick their days off, September is an option. This story runs every year, and always leaves out info. Then again, we are talking about Phone Arena when it comes to telling us the news. When anyone reads articles on here, please get more info from other sources to get the complete picture.

17. godinruin

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Must be something different for CRT groups. We all know ATT really stands for "At This Time" anyway.

18. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I'm in sales...

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