updated 09:24 am EDT, Wed May 14, 2014
May be first hint of iPhone 6 launch window
German Apple Store workers are being blocked from taking vacation days in September, according a source for local website iFun. The reason for the restriction hasn't been made public, but since September/October is typically when Apple releases new iPhones, that's believed to be reason why. It is however unusually early for a such a window to be imposed; normally Apple and other vendors will only institute blocks a few weeks in advance of a product launch.
If true, the claim would appear to dispel any notion that new iPhones could ship as soon as August. Most reports have instead pointed to a 4.7-inch phone arriving in September, and a 5.5-inch model arriving sometime afterward, potentially in November. In October, Apple is expected to refresh its iPad lineup. Somewhere in that timespan, Apple should also announce the first-generation iWatch.