Apple imposes vacation blackout from Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, next-gen iPhone release imminent?

Apple is gearing up to impose a two-week vacation blackout for its employees from Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, according to a leaked internal document.

The latest information comes courtesy of AppleInsider, which has managed to get its hands on a company calendar that reveals the blackout period.

"AppleCare employees have been restricted from taking time off for a two-week period, from Sept. 15 through 28 - a span during which Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone lineup, as well as the revamped iOS 7 mobile operating system. An internal company document shared with AppleInsider purportedly shows time off available for AppleCare employees for the latter half of September," reports the site.

The image provided by the site shows off the calendar being accessed via a VPN from the internal domain of an Apple employee.  The calendar reveals that available time off reduces from Sept. 15, which is a Sunday, and will stay so till Saturday, Sept. 28.

News of Apple issuing a vacation blackout comes close on the heels of news that both T-Mobile and Verizon will also impose the same in September, possibly to have an all hands on deck policy to meet the high sales demand post the next-gen iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launches.

Apple is widely rumored to unveil the next-gen iPhones at a press event on Sept. 10 and launch the hotly-anticipated devices on Sept. 20. The company is expected to introduce two new models - the iPhone 5S and the budget-friendly iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5S is speculated to come in four hues, a departure from Apple's traditional two color options of black and white. The company is expected to introduce gold and graphite colors as well. The iPhone 5S is also rumored to tout the faster A7 processor, as well as a fingerprint scanner and a new camera sensor. The cheaper iPhone 5C, on the other hand, is rumored to sport a thick plastic casing and come in five color options: red, blue, white, green and yellow.

With the potential debut of the next-gen iPhones just around the corner, we will soon know if Apple indeed has issued a vacation blackout to cope with the high demand for the smartphones.

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