Launching iPhone 6? Apple Wants All Hands on Deck in September
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly begun restricting employee time off for the end of the summer and the beginning of fall as the company prepares to launch the iPhone 6, as well as other rumored projects in the pipeline for the second half of 2014.
According to a report from German Apple news site iFun.de seen and translated by AppleInsider, the company has started to limit time off for German retail employees in September, according to an insider source the site believes is trustworthy. AppleInsider pointed out that this is much earlier than Apple has previously restricted employee time off, as in the past the company has only done so weeks ahead of a product launch, not months. Whether this means the company has more products up its sleeve or is just planning ahead is uncertain for now.
Rumors suggest that Apple is going to have a busy second half of the year. The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two different larger screen sizes: 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch. The bigger version of the phone may be delayed due to rumored supply constraints, so consumers looking to get their hands on the biggest iPhone yet may end up waiting until close to the end of the year.
Aside from the next-generation iPhone, other rumored Apple releases for the year include the iOS 8 update that may grant split-screen capability to the iPad, a major upgrade for the Apple TV set-top box, and possibly the iWatch wearable device.