Apple’s new iPhone appears set to hit stores Sept. 21 (updated)

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Full Coverage From Apple's 9/12 iPhone 5 Launch EventWord on the street is, Apple’s new iPhone will go on sale starting September 21. We’ve heard that date before, but now there is new evidence: Jordan Crook of TechCrunch has reportedly spoken with an anonymous Verizon Wireless employee who says that the company has forbidden employees from taking vacation from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30, essentially corroborating previous rumors that Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will launch on Sept. 21.

We have reached out to our own sources to verify Verizon’s vacation block for the last week of September, and will update this space as soon as we hear back.

Update: A Verizon Wireless sales representative, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells us that the company has indeed “blacked out” vacations for “the second half of September.”

As for the actual unveiling of the next iPhone, that’s widely expected to happen on Sept. 12, according to numerous reports that say Apple has a big event planned for that day.

The new iPhone is expected to look much like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but with a taller — but no wider — touchscreen, which will make it about 4 inches in size, when measured diagonally. The resolution is said to be 1136 x 640, which would keep it in Retina territory. According to a variety of leaked components, the headphone jack will be placed at the bottom of the device, as opposed to the top, where it appears on current iPhone iterations. And a new, smaller dock connector will also likely debut on the new iPhone. A larger battery, updated CPU, and 4G LTE connectivity are also expected updates to the next iPhone.

Aside from the sixth-gen iPhone, Apple may also debut the long-rumored iPad Mini, a 7.85-inch version of the current iPad, which has a 9.7-inch display. Updated versions of the iPod touch and iPod nano may also make an appearance at the rumored Sept. 12 Apple event.