Verizon blocks employee vacations from September 18th to 22nd, hinting at Sept 20th iPhone 5S launch

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Carriers imposing employee vacation blackouts is usually good indication as to when the next-gen iPhone will start selling. T-Mobile, AT&T have already starting blocking vacations around September 20th, and today Verizon, too, has announced a similar move to its employees.

9to5Mac reports:

As Apple’s September 10th iPhone unveiling approaches, we’ve heard that Verizon Wireless is blocking its retail employees from requesting vacations between Wednesday, September 18th and Sunday, September 22nd.

Apple’s iPhone press event is reportedly scheduled for September 10th, with the device rumored to go on sale a little more than a week after that on September 20th. The company is rumored to unveil both the iPhone 5S as well as the much-rumored plastic iPhone 5C.

Some reports suggest that Apple might discontinue the iPhone 5 after the iPhone 5S is launched, with the iPhone 5C serving as a replacement. 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 inventory at Verizon Wireless is constrained, suggesting that these models are indeed going to be discontinued.

However the 16GB iPhone 5 is still in supply, which could mean that Apple plans on retaining the model as a replacement for the 8GB iPhone 4. With Apple rumored to introduce a new 128GB iPhone 5S, 16GB seems like a much better entry-level configuration than 8GB.