This is a guest post written by community member Craighton.
In wake of the New Year, Apple is quietly prohibiting vacation days for retail employees for three weeks later this month. If this isn’t raising the red flag, I don’t know what will. Apple is planning something big – and it is coming sooner than you think.
Some people with knowledge about the company’s retail plans explain Apple has issued a blackout spanning three upcoming weeks, during which time employees without high level ranking will not be allowed vacation time.
This blackout period is due to begin the last week of January and continue for three weeks into the weeks of February.
This much time without vacation is a big indicator that a new product is going to launch, like a new iPad or Verizon iPhone. Although, we must warn that the latest rumor posts about what Apple is gearing up for is not confirmed.
Apple is also said to have retained their holiday employees at many of the major retail stores around the nation that see the most high yield traffic. With the major shopping season over and everything returning back to normal the employee count still remains high. It appears the company is keeping staff on-hand at some stores, perhaps in preparation for a new product launch.
Just like any other launch, Apple retail employees have no idea what is going on or what may be launched in the upcoming weeks. Though there are a number of products due to be updated, including the MacBook Pro and iPad.
Considering the multiple reports of an impending CDMA iPhone and iPad 2, it is up in the air on to what Apple has hidden under their veil of mystery. Although, the late January early February time-frame could coincide with the introduction of some new Mac products.