Our friends over at TmoNews have been sent information on “blackout” dates for T-Mobile’s retail staff. No vacation or days off will be allowed for any employees between September 20th and the 22nd, fitting in very nicely with previous rumors that Apple will launch its next iPhone on that weekend.
The company is expected to announce at least one new model iPhone at an event on September 10th, the same day that developers will most likely get hold of iOS 7 GM version (the final software release before it goes public). If previous years’ schedules are anything to go by, the iPhone will arrive on store shelves on Friday, the week following. Falling nicely on September 20th.
David Beren mentions the possibility that the blackout dates could be due to the Note III launch, but, that is very unlikely considering the demand for phablets is nowhere near as high as it is for the next Apple branded smartphone.