The next iPhone will be released for sale on Friday, September 21, a week and a half after the expected launch date of September 12, according to a series of reports from TechCrunch.
This speculative release date is based on TechCrunch sources within AT&T and Verizon citing a store employee vacation blackout at both companies beginning on September 21 and ending September 30:
We’ve received yet another bit of evidence confirming the next iPhone’s September 21 launch. According to an AT&T sales rep, AT&T staff has been given a vacation blackout from September 21 to September 30, just like Verizon employees. Our source also mentioned that blue carrier employees are undergoing training for an “iconic release.”
September 21 is one day before the official start of Fall, which Apple has provided as a vague release timeline for iOS 6.
The next iPhone (new iPhone, iPhone 5, whatever you want to call it) is expected to have a 4″ display and feature a taller chasis to accomodate the 16×9 screen. Multiple pictures claiming to be the device have leaked and appear to show a rather thin aluminum enclosure, available in both black and white. Other features are likely to include an A5X CPU, improved camera, and 4G LTE networking capabilities.