Apple puts ban on employee vacations ahead of expected iPhone debut

Aug. 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM   |   Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Growing evidence Apple will unveil its new iPhone in San Francisco Sept. 10 now includes a ban on Apple support personnel vacations, industry analysts say.

With shipments expected around Sept. 20, it will be a busy time for Apple retail workers and support staff, which would explain the vacation blackout dates of Sept. 15-28, AppleInsider reported Friday.

Also on Friday, Apple launched its first-ever trade-in program allowing users to trade in older iPhones toward credit on a new one by bringing it into an Apple Store.

Trade-ins must be functional and free of water damage, and a 2-year contract will be required to get the new version of the iPhone, Apple said.

"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling," Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told ABC News.

Apple would not confirm the specifics of the trade-in program, but ABC said sources told it a 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition would be valued at close to $300.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Hurricane Katrina nine years later
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats
Apple reportedly delays launch of rumored iWatch
New space debris monitoring facility set for Australia
Type Ia supernovas: the zombies of the cosmos
Trending News