Report: Apple blocking vacation time for iPhone 5 launch

In a manner familiar to many who follow Apple, the company has begun to deny requests for its employees to take time off work. More specifically, the dates October 9th-12th and October 14-15th so far appear to be off-limits. While no official announcement has been made, insiders have begun to connect the dots about the two dates and have concluded that they most likely refer to the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 5.

The 9th to the 12th looks to be the period Apple hopes to have iOS 5 out the door. According to AppleInsider, AppleCare employees have been told to prepare for a slew of iOS-related inquiries in that period. Around that same point, Twitter has scheduled a series of developer conferences based largely around Twitter integration in iOS 5. The announcement suggests that the developer NDA will be lifted at that point, further suggesting an imminent release.

There's less evidence to suggest that the second period will be for the iPhone 5 launch, although it does fit in with previous release patterns. Both the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 were released within days of their software counterparts. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 has so far broken tradition. It was a no-show at WWDC, missed the usual summer iPhone launch, and October is nearing without even an announcement. As with most rumours, it's worth taking any iPhone 5 rumours with a pinch of salt.

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Who the hell cares. Any company is the same. For the most part, I take off any day I want with the exception of a 2 week maintenance period. I'm more than happy with this arrangement.

If this isn't news worthy or you think it shouldn't be posted then why the hell are you in here reading about it when the title of the post clearly indicates what this article is about.

This isn't news worthy. Wal-mart doesn't allow workers to take vacation during oct-jan I believe cause of the holidays. Alot of companys do this. A few days isn't gonna kill anybody.

King, dont read the post if apple is in the headline if u dont wanna hear it!.. this refers to frontline staff memebers i would assume all retail and support staff that have contact with customers.. im guessing the devs will be celebrating and enjoying the launch.. should be good

Heh, my company is not allowing me to take vacation these past few weeks because of a high-profile project, and they are asking me to work overtime during weekends.

Oh well, as long as they pay me over time fees...

Does that apply to all groups within Apple?

If you're an engineer and have spent the last few months working on the iPhone, why oh why should you be prevented from taking some vacation time when the product is launched? The engineering team has finished working on this weeks, if not months ago--that work is done, it's been sent to manufacturing already so there's plenty of inventory on the day of release.

The engineers have done their job; it's not like they're going to be needed to make a last-minute change the evening before the release.

Release time is all about marketing and the sales channel.

_dandy_ said,
Does that apply to all groups within Apple?

AppleInsider
Apple is quietly denying requests for employee vacations during the second week of October, hinting that the company currently anticipates an influx of customers to its stores

Based on that sentence, I'm assuming it applies to Apple Store employees.

Manish said,
Based on that sentence, I'm assuming it applies to Apple Store employees.

Maybe then that's why Apple employees take up drinking, and then lose their prototype iPhones in bars...

Enron said,
No, the engineers all have to be on hand for the next Antennagate scandal.

The funny thing is, you are probably right.

Sarcasm? The marketing, crowd anticipation and press coverage for the launch of a new iPhone would overshadow a Nexus Prime launch.

who cares. . to be honest if I were running a company and had an important project i would not allow it. Im sure its the same a retaIl STORE HOLY **** Sears is blocking my vacation time christmas week.

*Mandatory 'OMFG this isn't news LOL!' comment*

I have to admit, I'm quite impressed with Apple over how well they've kept the iPhone 5 under wraps. The closest we've had to even what it looks like is the case leak. Quite looking forward to its release.

Xerax said,
This is just wrong

It happens with any employer, so how is it wrong? You cannot expect everyone to just take whatever day they want off. If its because of sickness then that is another story, but if its just vacation, employers approve it before you can do it.

sexypeperodri said,

It happens with any employer, so how is it wrong? You cannot expect everyone to just take whatever day they want off. If its because of sickness then that is another story, but if its just vacation, employers approve it before you can do it.

Most retailers in the UK don't allow holidays to be taken between December and mid-January, for obvious reasons.

bbfc_uk said,

Most retailers in the UK don't allow holidays to be taken between December and mid-January, for obvious reasons.

Sainsburys being one of them. Two trolley checkout adventures!

sexypeperodri said,
It happens with any employer, so how is it wrong?
Not in my country. The only exception you have are global restrictions (e.g. "for all employees, no vacation in December").

Xerax said,
This is just wrong

I have to disagree, Worked in the mobile industry for years and its always the same! No holidays from middle of November till January!

Makes sense, it is a very busy time and lets face it, no other phone generates first day or even first week sales quite like the iPhone does. I don't remember anybody queuing for a Samsung Galaxy S2