AT&T and Verizon staff rumored to have been given holiday blackout dates from September 21, iPhone 5 launch day?iMore previously reported that Apple would be introducing the iPhone 5 at an event on Wednesday, September 12, and releasing it on Friday, September 21. Now, TechCrunch's Jordan Cook reports that AT&T staff has been given a vacation blackout from September 21 to September 30, which exactly matches the Verizon blackouts reported previously.

We’ve received yet another bit of evidence confirming the next iPhone’s September 21 launch. According to an AT&T sales rep, AT&T staff have been given a vacation blackout from September 21 to September 30, just like Verizon employees. Our source also mentioned that blue carrier employees are undergoing training for an “iconic release.”

This information essentially seals the deal save for an official word from Apple. So along with International Peace Day, World Gratitude Day, and Mini Golf Day, mark down September 21 in your calendar. It’ll be a big day.

As of yet, Apple hasn’t issued any invitations so it is still unconfirmed. There is nothing unusual about this as, last year, Apple issued invitations for its iPhone 4S event just seven days before the announcement. If Apple sticks to the same format, expect to hear official news of the event around the September 5; Apple doesn’t believe in giving the press too much notice for events like this.

Update: Not so, says 9to5Mac's Seth Weintraub. Or at least, not certain, not widespread, and maybe not at all.

Source: TechCrunch