Apple’s iPhone 5S could hit store shelves as soon as Sept. 20, which would mark just 10 days after the company is rumored to unveil the device on Sept. 10. This hasn’t been confirmed, but a supposed T-Mobile employee blackout scheduled for dates between Sept. 20 and 22 is adding strengthening such rumors.
According to T-Mobile news blog TmoNews, sources revealed on Wednesday that the purported three-day blackout could be related to the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch. The website didn’t name its source, but did warn that the tip is merely a rumor and could be subject to change.
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We’re a bit skeptical on believing rumors from anonymous sources, but the tip does line up with previous speculation concerning the iPhone 5 S launch. Earlier this month a report from Japan’s Nikkei claimed that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C would be released on Sept. 20 in Japan, adding that the phone would become available in its rumored champagne gold color that day as well.
Not only does the T-Mobile tip align with previous iPhone 5S rumors, but it also makes sense in terms of Apple’s history when it comes to smartphone launches. Apple announced the iPhone 5 at a press event on Sept. 12 — which is about 10 days before it became available to the public on Sept. 21. Interestingly enough, T-Mobile was also the source behind a leak that hinted at a Sept. 21 release date for the iPhone 5 back in 2012. An internal memo meant for employees hit the Web exactly one year ago advising T-Mobile workers to “sell against the iPhone” when it launches on Sept. 21.
The potential iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C release may be the most unusual Apple product launch yet. If true, this would mark the first time Apple has unveiled more than one type of iPhone in a single press event. It’s also a first in terms of iPhone color options as well; until this point Apple smartphones have only been available in black and white. Other than these new color choices, the iPhone 5S is also rumored to come with a built-in biometric fingerprint scanner, a 12-megapixel camera with new features such as a slow motion mode and a speedier A7 processor among other additions. We may have to wait until Sept. 10 to know for sure, but numerous leaks have painted a fairly clear picture of what to expect from Apple’s next smartphone.