updated 12:58 pm EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
Could be set to launch in tandem with iPhone 5S, 5C
Apple Store workers have begun training for the company's rumored iPhone trade-in program, several sources claim. News of the program first emerged in June; at the time, Bloomberg reported that Apple would soon give shoppers instant credit for old iPhones in a bid to get them to upgrade to newer models. In exchange, Apple would be able to refurbish the older hardware for sale in poorer countries.
Sources for MacRumors indicate that Apple has started delivering training materials to its stores, and that the first wave of trainers will get their instructions today. Next week the trainers will begin educating other shop workers, in preparation for a program launch whose date has yet to be leaked.
The most likely timeframe is sometime around the launch of new iPhones, forecast for late September. Apple is thought to be preparing two models, the iPhone 5S and 5C. An easy upgrade path could be especially relevant to the 5C, which is aimed at people who can't justify the cost of a flagship iPhone.