More confirmation of the next generation iPhone release date has arrived from wireless carrier AT&T Mobility. Staff have received notice that a vacation blackout is in effect between the dates of September 21 and September 30, 2012. This matches similar regulations imposed on Verizon Wireless employees.
The news comes from TechCrunch's sources within the company, who state that AT&T employees are training for nothing less than an "iconic release". There's nothing much on the near-term mobile device horizon that sounds as iconic as the highly-anticipated iPhone 5 launch coming this fall.
The pattern of major carriers along with Apple retail stores restricting employee vacation time around a major product release is nothing new. The September 21 date has now been confirmed through several sources, and soon we are sure to see photos of workers hanging up banners at Apple's favorite venue, the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The sixth generation iPhone is expected to sport a redesigned dock connector, larger 16:9 aspect ratio display, and a thinner profile all while supporting lightning-fast LTE wireless cellular connections and a higher capacity battery. Other leaked parts and speculation points to a metal and glass back, along with a headphone jack that's moved to the bottom of the device next to the speaker grills. Apple is rumored to be launching a smaller iPad sometime in October 2012 hot on the heels of the iPhone 5.