iPhone 5 launch on September 21 confirmed as Verizon vacation blackout is announced

TechCrunch reports that a trusted Verizon source has told them that the company has announced a vacation blackout for all its employees between the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30.

The news has sparked speculation that the company is getting ready for the release of the iPhone 5 on the market.

The handset is expected to be unveiled nine days earlier, at an Apple event, on September 12.

Last year’s iPhone 4S was released on October 4 and it hit stores ten days later. On October 7 pre-orders for the device started. This year, pre-orders for the next iPhone are rumored to be accepted on the same day the handset is unveiled, that is September 12.

Verizon isn’t the only company that is readying for the anticipated launch.

Earlier this week, an AT&T source has told BGR that the iPhone 5 is prepared for launch on the carrier on the third or fourth week of September.

The company was reportedly forced to reschedule a “huge” training event for regional employees that was once set for the first week in October because of a “huge announcement” which many speculate is the release of Apple’s iPhone 5.