Apple has instituted a “blackout” period for employee vacations for three weeks, beginning the final week of January.

According to AppleInsider:

Prohibiting vacations during such a large span of time is typically indicative of a major product launch, such as a new iPhone, according to people familiar with past retail blackouts. At the same time, however, they admitted to having no specific knowledge of what Apple could be planning this time around.

In addition, Apple is retaining its holiday staff at many of its retail stores.

So what “major” product is about to be released? The long-awaited Verizon iPhone? Perhaps the second generation iPad? Or maybe new Macs?

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