updated 03:00 pm EDT, Fri April 16, 2010
Employees only restricted in June, not July
AT&T has allegedly barred employees from scheduling vacation time in June, likely ensuring a full staff when the next iPhone arrives on the market. Although the carrier has enforced similar policies for past iPhone launches, unnamed sources have told the Boy Genius Report that the current restriction does not extend into July.
If the report is accurate, the timing indicates that Apple may release its new handset ahead of the typical July schedule. The vacation ban for the iPhone 3G was said to fall between June 15 and July 12, while the actual launch occurred on July 11. In comparison, the 3GS variant was announced on June 8 and released on June 19.
An executive of the Canadian carrier SaskTel hinted at a June 22 announcement for the fourth-generation device, with availability sometime before July 1. The introduction date allegedly matches booking information for the Yerba Buena Center, which could be Apple's reservation for the WWDC keynote.