iPhone 5 Release Date for September 21 Confirmed By Verizon Vacation Blackout

The highly anticipated smartphone could be in stores just in 10 days after it is revealed, a Verizon source claims.

Although the Cupertino tech giant is keeping silent, its fans now have a solid date to mark on their calendars for the release of the next generation iPhone, aka “iPhone 5.”Photo: denieseclariz/Flickr

A Verizon employee, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed the company is restricting all staff from taking vacation days between Friday, September 21 and Friday, September 30.

According to TechCrunch, the vacation blackout clearly indicates that the sixth generation iPhone would “almost certainly be available in stores” on the first day of the blackout.

The upcoming Apple’s product, reportedly with Long Term Evolution, will allow Verizon Wireless to generate more revenue from customers who agree to pay more for faster LTE network.

Last week saw reports, citing “a trusted AT&T (T) source,” that the carrier was planning to launch the highly expected Apple’s product during the third or fourth week of September.

The report came soon after Rene Ritchie of iMore revealed that Apple was even expected to start taking pre-orders of the iPhone 5, “at least in the US,” from Sept. 12.

iResQ also suggested that a second wave of iPhone 5 launches, “for internationalmarkets not included in the Sept. 21 launch, will come in early October, likely on Oct. 5”.

Even as iPhone 4S was announced Oct. 4 last year, pre-orders were made available the next Friday, Oct. 7, claims The International Business Times.

The iPhone 4S arrived in U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. Oct.14 and by the end of that month, the rollout extended to 22 more countries.

There are also several “anonymous sources” from Apple’s Eastern supply chain, who are claiming the new products could be in short supply, to the tune of 25% less than needed.

Insiders, familiar with the matter, predict that shipments will fall from 20 million units to less than 15 million units due to “unforeseen challenges.”

These issues are rumored to be caused by the use of the new in-cell touchscreen technology that Apple is integrating into the new iPhone 5, Examiner writes.

“Issues related to the poor yields of in-cell panels have been cited previously as possibly disrupting Apple’s shipping schedule for new iPhones,” Digitimes website says.

“The latest rumors indicate that Apple has recently redesigned a connector at the bottom of the new iPhone and that yield rates of the new connectors at Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) have been low due in part to insufficient supply of some key materials.”

Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is reportedly set to go on sale by mid September, according to a slew of new reports posted online.

As PopHerald writes, this week Samsung posted a YouTube video to confirm that the August 29 pre-IFA event is for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

And though the new video doesn’t include any mention of the upcoming device, it briefly shows the unannounced device’s S Pen whilst bragging about its portability and weight.

However, analysts predict that the company will launch the Galaxy Note 2 before the release date of the iPhone 5 to avoid the so-called “Apple rush” which includes long-lines and blockbuster pre-orders and a pile of backorders.

By the way, some sources claim that Apple’s September launch date will include a new iPad, a smaller version of the tablet computer called “iPad Mini.”

The device will reportedly feature larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2′s 5.5-inch display, and will not only target the possible buyers of the new Galaxy Note, but also the consumers targeted by retail giant Amazon and its Kindle Fire 2.

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