It looks like AT&T has also issued a blackout on vacations for retail store employees for the first two weeks of October, indicating that they are preparing for the iPhone 5 launch.
Yesterday, Apple announced that it will unveil its next generation iPhone at a media event on October 4th.
With reports circling that Apple’s next iPhone is due to launch on October 14th, BGR has received new information from a trusted AT&T source that seems to confirm a mid-October launch. AT&T has started to block all employee vacation requests for the first two weeks of October in order to have “all hands on deck.” Our source clarified that the dates are the first two works weeks starting on Monday, October 3rd and ending on Friday, October 14th. Our source also says it is normal for AT&T to extend a vacation blackout after it’s in place, or after an actual launch date is announced.
Couple of weeks back a leaked internal memo had revealed that Sprint has blacked out staff vacation for the first half of October due to the possibility of a major phone launch.
And over the weekend, we also heard that Apple was quietly denying vacation requests in the second week of October.
BGR’s source has also goes on to add:
In addition to this vacation restriction for all AT&T employees, our source has confirmed that AT&T’s internal inventory system now lists six “new product” SKU placeholders as of this morning. Our source, who has witnessed several iPhone launches at AT&T, has indicated that these entries are most likely holding space for new iPhone models and/or unannounced iPhone-related Apple accessories. The inventory entries are not likely to be holding places for upcoming non-Apple handsets, our source said, as they normally appear by name in the inventory system even ahead of announcements.
The six new placeholders could be for white and black versions of three different models – two storage capacities of iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S and a single storage capacity iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, though it could be based on the rumors and speculations that they’ve heard rather than information from Apple, which usually keeps even its iPhone carrier partners in the dark.