Verizon Blocks Employees' Vacation Time in September for iPhone 5 Launch

Verizon will not be allowing employees to take vacation time in late September, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The publication spoke to a representative for the carrier recently who confirmed that it would be blacking out those days in anticipation for the launch of the next-generation iPhone. There is no other information on the carrier's decision except that this statement corresponds with many of the rumored launch dates for the device.

The next-generation iPhone will be released on all carriers with LTE connectivity, according to other reports.

Carriers in Korea are currently voicing concerns to Apple over compatibility issues with their networks, the Korea Times is reporting. The LTE frequencies used in the nation are slightly different from those used in the U.S.

Along with this report, the fact that the new iPad runs on LTE networks also points to the new smartphone having the same ability. The iPhone is also rumored to include a more powerful battery that can accommodate LTE connectivity without draining too much power.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be released internationally on Oct. 5, just a few weeks after it is launched in the U.S.

iMore's Rene Ritchie, someone with a track record of being correct with Apple predictions, stated that Apple will begin offering pre-orders for the next-generation iPhone on Sept. 12, the same day the device is expected to be announced.

She also added that it will be released by Apple on Sept. 21 alongside a new 7.85-inch iPad Mini. This new tablet will be launched by the company to compete directly with Google's Nexus 7 and the successor to the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Both the tablet and the smartphone should be available on Verizon when they are released.