September 21: when we’ll see iPhone 5 in stores?
The iPhone 5 could be in stores just 10 tens after the device is revealed, if a Verizon source is to be believed.
The anonymous source, a Verizon employee, said the company is restricting all staff from taking vacation days between Friday, September 21 and Friday, September 30.
Pre-orders for the next-gen iPhone are supposedly happening the same day the smartphone is unveiled, or Wednesday, September 12.
Though the news of an all-hands-on-deck week Verizon could mean a number of things, the likelihood that its linked to the public launch of the next iPhone is a distinct possibility.
In iPad news
Verizon employees might be missing out on downtime, but some European retailers have had Apple breathing down their necks for some months.
According to anonymous sources, Apple has told a number of European Apple Premium Resellers to make more room for the company’s tablet line, with the order reportedly coming down three months ago.
The shuffling and clearing of space of current models could signal the imminent arrival of the iPad Mini, which the industry expects will be introduced alongside the iPhone 5.
One source said resellers have until September 12 to rearrange their stores as Apple’s clamping down on them to make room.
Though it’s still speculative as to why the decision to reallocate store space is happening, retailers are taking the orders seriously, with one location reporting that its iPad space has tripled.
Others note products like Mac Pro, Mac mini and iPods and other accessories are disappearing or are completely gone from stores.
While it was long believed the reveal date for the Mini might the same as the iPhone 5, various reports now have the tablet dropping in October.
Whenever the iPad Mini or the iPhone 5 come, these consumer-facing location shakeups can only add to the ever-growing hype surrounding the new iOS devices.