Reports Claim Apple Limiting Retail Store Staff Vacations Ahead Of Verizon iPhone or iPad 2 Launch

News | Monday January 3 2011 5:01 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

According to folks over at CNET, Apple might launch the much-awaited
as early as next week. Their source claims that the CDMA iPhone would officially arrive on January 11th at a media event.
“During this weekend’s 2011 CES, he says, Apple will steal some thunder by announcing a product-launch event on Tuesday, January 11. (That’s 1/11/11, if you’re into numerology.) At that event, the company will finally announce the long-awaited Verizon iPhone .”
According to their source, Apple has limited vacation time for its retail store staff over the next two months.
“My tipster, citing a close relative who works high up the Apple food chain, said the new iPhone will be CDMA-based (no surprise there) and ship in February. He also noted that Apple was limiting staff vacation time for January and February, ostensibly to handle a sharp increase in sales and service traffic.”
However, take these rumors with a pinch of salt as Apple has not intimated the media (like issuing invites or even a single teaser about the event) that such a media event is happening on the 11th.
Usually Apple issues invites at least a week prior to the event. It is widely speculated that Apple will offer the CDMA iPhone on Verizon’s network. But Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg
during his Keynote address at CES 2011 yesterday.
Meanwhile, AppleInsider has also reported that they have also received a similar tip from their source, about a vacation blackout that commences from the last week of January and continues till the first two weeks of February.
“People familiar with the company’s retail plans say Apple has issued a “blackout” period spanning three weeks, during which retail employees without seniority will not be allowed vacation time. That blackout period is said to begin the last week of January and continue into the first half of February.”
The reason for the vacation blackout is not yet known. Some folks are speculating that it could be for the early launch of the
.
As always, we’ll keep you posted if we get any further information.
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