- The release date of Apple's (AAPL +0.2%) iPhone 5S and 5C models may have been confirmed by an AT&T employee vacation blackout for the second half of Sept., BGR reports.
- Adding to the speculation: T-Mobile has reportedly issued its own vacation blackout for Sept. 20-22. And, Japan's Nikkei reported earlier this week that the 5S and 5C will go on sale in Japan on Sept. 20.
- The reports confirm the timeline postulated earlier this month. AllThingsD reported that the next iPhone would be unveiled at a launch event on Sept. 10.
- On the iPhone trade-in front, Best Buy appears to have front-run Apple. During the Labor Day weekend, Best Buy will offer a 50% discount on iPhone 5 purchases with a 4/4S trade-in and 2-year agreement.