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Apple Restricting Retail Employee Vacation Time in September Ahead of New Product Launches

Apple will look to restrict vacation days for its German retail employees this September ahead of a likely launch for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and other products, reports German site iFun.de (Google Translate). The move will likely also be enacted at the company's other stores across the globe, and follows a similar move last year in which Apple restricted vacation time for AppleCare employees from September 15 to 28 for the launches of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iOS 7 in that time period.

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The Apple Store Kurf├╝rstendamm in Berlin, Germany

The majority of rumors throughout the past few months have indicated a September release for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with the larger 5.5-inch version of the device to launch towards the end of the year or in early 2015 due to production issues. However, this latest report contrasts a rumor from earlier this month that stated Apple will launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in August and the larger 5.5-inch version in September, which would be a different strategy compared to past iPhone launches that have traditionally come in the fall for the past three years.

In addition to a larger display, Apple's next-generation iPhone is said to feature a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor, and an upgraded rear-facing camera in the form of either optical or electronic image stabilization.

The report also gives an update on the progress of Apple's upcoming retail store in Hanover, Germany, which is now on track to open sometime this fall. A previous report in March estimated that the store would open sometime in April, however multiple structural problems and mold have resulted in a delay for Apple's move into the location. When the store eventually opens, the location will mark Apple's 14th in the country, following stores in D├╝sseldorf, Berlin, and Frankfurt.

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19 weeks ago

In addition to a larger display, Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/03/05/a8-chip-underway-tsmc/), and an upgraded rear-facing camera in the form of either optical (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/03/17/invensense-ois-iphone-6/) or electronic image stabilization (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/29/iphone6-camera-eis-bigger-pixels/).


I think you missed the "allegedly" or "is rumoured to" out of that bit.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
So much for the August iPhone 6 then
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
They did that last year for their product roll out, i.e., rMinis iPad Airs, etc.

Nice to see that we'll be getting some updates :D
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

This better not be for the iPhone 6 unless Apple wants to continue to lose market share to Android.


They are only selling more and more iPhones. Apple is doomed.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

Due to supply line issues, we may see a staggered release with the iPhone 6 launch in the USA come August and in Europe in September. Apple has stretched out release dates as much as three months for models in the past.


normally germany has the iPhone at the same time as the US?
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago
So there will be releases in late September.

This information leak won't be tolerated... no one would ever have suspected.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago

The smaller iPhone may be available then, and any other models in the fall.

Nope. No iPhone can be released without a major new version of iOS for critical marketing reasons. As iOS 8 will go into beta on 2 June, there is no way it will be released by August. MacRumors should know better than to say otherwise.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago
Ah, yes, Apple needs all hands on deck for churning out iPhone 6 mockups!
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago

Nope. No iPhone can be released without a major new version of iOS for critical marketing reasons. As iOS 8 will go into beta on 2 June, there is no way it will be released by August. MacRumors should know better than to say otherwise.


Exactly - I think MacRumors should know better as well. iOS8 is going to be given to devs in about 2 1/2 weeks and it's going to be an alpha. There will be new stuff which doesn't work yet, old stuff which has been fixed and older stuff which has been broken, some unintentionally. August is 3, max 4 betas after that and it's not long enough to curate iOS8 unless there are no major changes in it.

The usual pattern is for the dev forums still to be buzzing with 'this is nowhere near gold master' in mid September when it actually does go gold master.
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19 weeks ago

Hannover (http://www.hannover.de/en/Welcome-to-Hannover/Economy-Business2), not Hanover.


Actually, in English text it is Hanover, capital of Lower Saxony in Germany. Just like Munich or Cologne, which have proper English names that are different from the German ones.
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