June 15: Possible iPhone Launch Date

Apple’s iPhone may launch on June 15, according to an internal AT&T memo sent out yesterday informing employees that “no additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period (6/15 – 7/15).”

In a statement last month, Apple said the iPhone would debut in “late June,” contrary to an earlier June 11 launch rumor.

It’s possible the cited “launch period” beginning on June 15 may refer to employee preparation for the release, so June 15 may not be the actual launch date.

Read the full AT&T memo, discovered by The Boy Genius Report, and decide for yourself:

To: All Company Owned Retail Employees

From: [Name removed]

Subject: iPhone Launch Period

Date: May 4, 2007

As previously announced, Apple and AT&T will soon debut the iPhone,
which combines a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and
breakthrough internet communications into one small and lightweight
handheld device. The new AT&T has a multiyear, exclusive agreement to
provide U.S. service for the iPhone.

To ensure proper staffing during the product launch period, Sales personnel
planning to take approved time off are encouraged to schedule their
vacations before June 15 or after July 15 to participate in the iPhone

Previously approved vacation will be allowed where voluntary rescheduling
is not feasible

No additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period
(6/15 – 7/15).

I want to thank you in advance for your understanding as this is likely to
be the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.

Happy Selling,

[Name removed]

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