Apple Store vacation blackouts issued in preparation for Verizon iPhone 4 launch

By on January 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM.

Apple Store vacation blackouts issued in preparation for Verizon iPhone 4 launch

We have just been informed that Apple has started sending out mandatory vacation blackout notices to Apple Stores, barring employees from taking vacation. We’re told that managers have blackout dates of February 5th through the 18th, and employees can’t go on vacation or have days off during that timeframe either due to the launch of Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4. In addition, there will be extended hours during that time period to accomodate the anticipated increase in foot traffic. It sure looks like Apple and Verizon are preparing to move a million units first week…

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Apple freezes retail employee vacations, possibly for Verizon iPhone launch

By on January 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM.

Apple freezes retail employee vacations, possibly for Verizon iPhone launch

A new report claims Apple has informed its retail employees of a vacation “blackout” that will begin later this month. Citing unnamed people familiar with Apple’s retail plans, the report states that Apple is preventing all retail employees without seniority from taking vacation during a three-week period that will commence some time during the last week in January. The report also claims that Apple has retained excess staff hired during the holiday season. While unconfirmed, a vacation freeze of this kind coupled with increased retail staff would likely point to a major product launch, and the timing fits perfectly with rumors that the Verizon iPhone will launch some time between now and mid-February. More →

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