Apple has yet to get around to distributing invitations to its next launch event, where we’re expecting to see the company go public with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Despite that, we continue to look at September 10 as a strong possibility for when this event might occur. Beyond that, we’ve also been trying to work out just when this new hardware would be available for sale, and have heard a couple rumors talking about that getting underway on September 20. That’s sounding more and likely, as new evidence arrives to add circumstantial support.
According to T-Mobile employees, the carrier has been informing them that they won’t be permitted to schedule vacation time from September 20 through 22. These kind of restrictions are normal for carriers when they’re expecting heavier-than-usual sales, as around holiday seasons or when getting ready for the launch of a high-profile product.
Sure, there’s other stuff coming up soon – the Galaxy Note III is likely to be received quite well – but nothing really on the same level as the arrival of the iPhone 5S (and to a lesser extent, the iPhone 5C). Putting two and two together, and this feels like further confirmation of that September 20 date.
Update: AT&T is up to the same thing.