Apple issues vacation blackout from September 15th-28th for new iPhone launch
We’re getting very close to the launch of Apple’s new iPhones. AppleInsider has obtained a leaked a document showing that Apple is barring its support staff from going on vacation between September 15th and September 28th so it can have all hands on deck to handle support for both of the company’s new iPhone models and for the final version of iOS 7. There has been a lot of evidence to suggest that Apple plans to release both the iPhone 5S and the lower-cost iPhone 5C on September 20th, including a BGR exclusive report on AT&T blacking out vacation days for employees on September 20th.
Apple is expected to officially unveil its next generation of iPhone models at a September 10th press event where it will show off both the iPhone 5S and the 5C. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a faster processor, an upgraded camera with a dual-LED flash and an embedded fingerprint scanner that will be used to identify and authenticate users. The 5S will also be the first iPhone model to come in a champagne gold color instead of just the traditional black and white.
The iPhone 5C, meanwhile, will be targeted more toward emerging markets and will be the same size as the iPhone 5S but will be made with a lower-cost plastic shell instead of the 5S’s aluminum body. The iPhone 5C will come in a multitude of colors and will likely be priced in the $400 to $500 range off contract. The device is being geared toward consumers in emerging markets and especially in China, where Apple will likely sell it through China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier.