iPhone 5: Apple staff told to cancel holidays

iPhone 5: Apple staff told to cancel holidays

No leave in first two weeks of October, report claims

Staff at Apple UK have been told to cancel their holiday plans for the first two weeks of October, it has been claimed.

A report on The Register suggests that the launch of the next-generation iPhone could be imminent, as cancelling staff leave is usually indicative of a major product announcement.

We're expecting an announcement on 4 October, which we now believe will be held at Apple's Cupertino campus, though we're not sure if the iPhone 5 - if it is an iPhone 5, and not an iPhone 4S, or both - will be available immediately or perhaps not until 21 October.

Reports from supply chain sources last week suggest that there could be a problem with some components, with touch panels manufactured by Wintek apparently affected by a problem known as 'delayed bubbling', where air bubbles appear in the panels but aren't immediately visible so are only noticed during assembly.

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