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Earlier today, TmoNews reported (via MacRumors) that T-Mobile announced vacation blackout days for its employees between September 20 and 22. Why's that news for us? Because it all but confirms that the new iPhones will be available on September 20, the date previously put forward in numerous rumors, most notably by Japanese business publication Nikkei.
If you're unfamiliar with the term, a vacation blackout period means that employees are forbidden from taking vacations on those days in order to ensure that a company has enough staff members available to handle a massive event. This is particularly necessary for T-Mobile, which first started carrying the iPhone this year and has never handled the launch of a new Apple product.
Even so, MacRumors notes that it's heard conflicting rumors centering on AT&T and Verizon employees, as some of the employees in question reported blackout dates sometime in October.
But at this point, the September 20 date for the release of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C is all but confirmed. As we've reported in the past, Apple's launch of the iPhone 5 occurred on September 12 of last year, and the device itself appeared in stores a little over a week later on September 21.
Who knows? Maybe Apple has another massive launch in store that we've never even heard about.
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