AT&T block on employee vacations signals June launch for Apple’s next-gen iPhone

Looks like Apple’s next-gen iPhone(s) will be here sooner than later.

“We’ve confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June,” reports The Boy Genius Report.

“The only time AT&T does a straight block like this is for iPhone launches,” BGR reports.

Full article here.


  1. If there is anyone reading MDN who doesn’t know that Apple will announce a new iPhone in June, they haven’t been paying attention for the last three years.

  2. Every year it is the same… Can’t wait for iAd to backfire… Consumers will hate it and switch platforms ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Can’t wait!

    Just imagine… You are playing a game and at a level never b4 reached and bang… an Ad pops up and you lose all control… LMAO! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Love Apple thinking.

  3. @Marco
    It’s ironic you (wrongly) bash the iPhone for advertising when you use Android – the platform built specifically for tracking users and gathering advertising trends. iAd does not mean a full screen ad will pop up out of nowhere. You still have to click on a banner, just like now.

  4. @Marco
    You probably don’t know this, but clever good advertising is the kind that does not annoy you, the kind that entertains you. You think people stop watching TV because of the ads. What about periodicals and magazines, they have ads too. A developer would be pretty dumb to design is application like this. Nope, people wont switch, because the ads are coming to Google and Microsoft too.

    You really think Android will be ad free? You think Google is going to give it out for free for the benefit of the folks that hate advertising? You are ether very young or very naive.

  5. How is June “sooner than later”? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Doesn’t “everyone” know that June is when Apple releases new iPhones? Sucks that ATT retail store employees get their summer vacations “blocked.” I guess it must be something similar at Apple Stores.

    @ Marco

    How does this related to iAd? To continue being way off-topic… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> The way it was described at the iPhone 4.0 presentation, the ad does not “pop up” randomly. There is an allocated space for the small “teaser” ad. The app is fully functional. The user has to intentionally touch it (because he or she is curious about that ad), in order for the full ad to appear and take over the screen. Dismissing it resumes the app where it was before. So looking at the ad is an intentional action, done when convenient (if the user decides to do it at all).

    The more I think about it, the more I like the overall concept. Before, small developers of free apps were mostly donating their time and effort. Only large developers could allocate the time and effort to “monetize” free apps and make the effort profitable. Now, even small developers can include iAd, and Apple does most of the work of “advertising.” This will result in more small developers finding the time and desire to create and maintain MORE and BETTER free apps, which will ultimately be a benefit to consumers.

    Having banner ads all over the place on websites, including those more annoying roll-over deals, does not prevent you from using sites like MDN, does it??? Those ads allow such popular web sites to exist, because most web site developers are not going to do it for no monetary gain. And overall, the consumer benefits from having MORE and BETTER free web sites.

    It will be the same with iAd; the slight annoyance will be more than offset by MORE and BETTER. And Apple is facilitating the system to keep it from getting out of control.

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