Media event set for September 9, launch likely ~10 days later.
Verizon iPhone to Launch February 3rd?
Boy Genius Report claims to have heard that the vacation blackout being imposed on Apple's retail store employees has been narrowed down to February 3rd-6th in several regions of the United Sates, suggesting that a major launch is scheduled for that weekend.
BGR has confirmed with a source close to Apple that the company has blacked out employee vacation requests between February 3rd and February 6th - Thursday through Sunday. The four-day vacation freeze has been confirmed to be in effect in several regions in the United States. A recent report suggested the vacation black-out would cover a period of three weeks beginning in late January and extending into February, which still could be true in some regions.The report's source has not confirmed that the Verizon iPhone is in fact the device apparently being launched in that timeframe, although it certainly seems to be the most likely candidate at this time, and the apparent Thursday debut at the front of that window is a common day of the week for Verizon product launches.
In addition to Apple's vacation blackout, we've received a couple of tips claiming that Verizon is also imposing a vacation blackout in early February, although those claims remain unconfirmed.