Did Apple Inadvertently Give Away the iPhone 6 Release Date?

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It’s not uncommon for Apple and the major wireless carriers to bar retail workers from taking vacation leading up to the release of a new iPhone. So if a new report is to be believed, we have a pretty good idea of when the iPhone 6 will launch.

A ban on vacations may tell us when to expect the iPhone 6.Sources tell iFun, an Apple-loving blog in Germany, that Apple stores in Deutschland will not allow employees to take time off in the month of September, presumably so they can get prepared for the iPhone 6 release.

Of course, there’s no official confirmation from the Silicon Valley giant, so it’s just the latest speculation about the release of the eighth-generation iPhone, whose specifications are anybody’s guess. We’ve heard everything from curved edges, to near-field communications technology, to steadier picture-taking, to a faster processor and more.

Most signs, including this latest revelation, still point to a release date in the early fall. But one report earlier this month has it arriving in August.

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