iPhone 5S release date is September 20 per employee blackouts

August 28, 2013

iPhone 5S release date is September 20 according to employee blackoutsApple’s next-generation iPhone will likely hit shelves September 20, according to employee vacation blackout dates implemented by T-Mobile, one of several iPhone carriers in the U.S.

The September 20 date makes sense, but is earlier than expected. Apple is set to unveil the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, a cheaper, plastic version of the iPhone, on Sept. 10 at a media event in San Francisco. Recent rumors, which I’l get into in a separate blog post, have suggested Apple could also release new iPads at the event. iOS 7, the next-generation mobile operating system should also debut at the Sept. 10 event.

According to MacRumors, during the blackout period, T-Mobile employees can’t take any vacation time in an effort to ensure there’s enough staff to handle what’s expected to be heavy demand.

Other carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, will likely set similar dates that will leak in the coming days. There have been rumors surfacing of an October blackout period from AT&T and Verizon, although unconfirmed.

The iPhone 5S is expected to include a blazing fast Apple A7 chip — the first of its kind — and likely more RAM than the existing iPhone 5, some have said up to 2 GB. It should also feature a more robust camera with a sharper lens and more megapixels.

There are some possible extra add-ons to the iPhone 5S, including fingerprinting technology for security features.

Alongside the iPhone 5s is the iPhone 5C, a cheaper version of the iPhone geared in the $400 range without a contract. The appeal of the iPhone 5C, besides its price, is its slew of colors it’s expected to arrive in.

And speaking of colors, the iPhone 5S is all but confirmed to come in a champagne — not a gold, as previous rumors have suggested — color, in addition to the classic black and white.

Prices for the iPhone 5S are expected to start at $199 with a 2-year cellular contract.

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