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AT&T vacation blackout backs up mid-October iPhone 5 release

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A new report Tuesday claims that AT&T (s t) has blacked out employee vacation requests for the first two weeks of October, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 14. The AT&T blackout, which is being reported by BGR as coming from a “trusted AT&T source” marks the third account of iPhone-related(s aapl) vacation day blackouts to date.

Sprint (s s) has also reportedly asked employees not to schedule any time off during the first two weeks of October, and Apple is said to have blacked out retail employee vacations for Oct. 9 through 12, and also Oct. 14 and 15. Mid-month has also been suggested as a possible window for the iPhone’s release by other sources, like France Telecom (s fte) CEO Stéphane Richard citing Oct. 15 as the official release date, and a new report from Japanese site Macotakara this morning that pegs Oct. 14 as the launch date in five initial countries, including the U.S., France, Germany and Japan.

BGR’s source also claims AT&T has six new stock listings in place internally for the new iPhone. That could be an indication we will see two new distinct iPhone lines from Apple going forward, as some rumors have suggested. It might also be that Apple will simply offer two different colors of a new iPhone device in three different storage capacities.

We won’t have to wait long to find out when the iPhone 5 will actually be available to consumers. Apple announced Tuesday a press event for Oct. 4 to talk about the device. In addition to expected hardware changes and new software features, it would be nice if they also immediately started pre-orders, especially given how long Apple fans had to wait for this latest iPhone revision.

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