As September rolls closer, Apple and its iPhone carriers are seemingly gearing up for the wave of new customers and upgrades they will be getting. T-Mobile appears to be the first carrier that is issuing blackout dates for its employees in preparation for the rumored iPhone 5S and 5C release on September 20th. The blackout dates are between September 20th and the 22nd and they coincide with the date for the rumored iPhone 5S release. Apple is expected to introduce both of the devices on September 10th at a media event, followed by the beginning of pre-orders on the 13th and, finally, the release on September 20th.
The T-Mobile blackout dates were initially reported by TmoNews, though they have not confirmed that the dates relate to the iPhone release just yet. It is possible this could for other reasons, but with such a big announcement expected from Apple, this likely has to do with the new iPhone line-up. TmoNews notes the blackout dates could possible be for the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note III, which is expected on September 4th. Apple product announcements generally bolster a lot more attention, however, and cause carriers to issue blackout dates for its employees.
As the iPhone announcement date gets closer, more U.S carriers—such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint—may also issue blackout dates.
The iPhone 5S is expected to arrive with a faster A7 processor, dual LED flash and a fingerprint sensor in the home button, while the iPhone 5C is expected to sport the same internals as the iPhone 5, but with a new all-plastic design in multiple colors.