Week in Apple: Thunderbolt displays, October event rumors, and more

Our top Apple news from the last week included a discussion about how Thunderbolt displays work with Mini DisplayPort displays, whether a late-2011 iMac update is possible, how Apple plans to make it possible to merge Apple IDs, the first update to Final Cut Pro X, and much more. Haven’t been able to keep up? Read on for the roundup:

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display doesn’t play nice with Mini DisplayPort: Apple has apparently added an unnecessary limitation to its $999 Thunderbolt Display—it doesn’t allow daisy chaining of Mini DisplayPort displays to its downstream Thunderbolt port.

A “Late 2011 iMac” update may be imminent: Apple may have inadvertently spilled the beans about an upcoming iMac refresh in a knowledge base article. Ars speculates about what the refresh might include.

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Week in gaming: Warco, Diablo 3 beta, Serious Sam 3 interview

This week’s biggest gaming story was Warco, an upcoming title where you shoot with a camera instead of a gun. We also covered the launch of the Diablo 3 beta, and interviewed the CEO of Croteam about the strategic aspects of Serious Sam 3

This was a busy week, so pop in and pick up any stories you might have missed.

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Rick Perry hopes for Florida straw poll victory

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Bob Burnett: Setting Limits With Obama

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Apple Blocking Out Vacations for October 14th iPhone 5 Launch?

Sicily Apple Store, Photo courtesy of Valerio.

AppleInsider reports that Apple has started denying vacation requests for employees during the 2nd week of October.

Apple is quietly denying requests for employee vacations during the second week of October, hinting that the company currently anticipates an influx of customers to its stores around that time related to availability of its new iOS 5 and fifth-generation iPhone products.

Specifically, dates from October 9th through 12th and October 14th through 15th are said to be restricted, suggesting Apple plans on launching new products during that time.

The first set of dates from October 9th-12th could represent iOS 5 launch, as Apple has informed AppleCare to expect an influx of support calls starting on October 10th. Coincidentally, Twitter has announced their own developer session in London on the same date. The October 10th Twitter developer session is said to have a “heavy focus on the iOS 5 Twitter integration”.

Meanwhile, the 14th to 15th dates suggests that Apple may be preparing for a retail launch of their next generation iPhones on that Friday, the 14th. The timeframe is consistent with other circulating iPhone rumors as well as our knowledge of Apple’s expected availability for the White iPod touch.

Apple is expected to hold a media event on October 4th to announce the next generation iPhone as well as the official launch of iOS 5.

Update: UK Apple Stores have been similarly told to block out the “first two weeks of October”.

IPhone 5 Arrival Date: Cancelled Vacation Time Provides a Clue

We all know that the iPhone 5 is on the way from Apple. We’re all also pretty sure that it’s going to be before Christmas as well, Al Gore has already told us so. But when exactly? Here’s a hint about the arrival date in the UK at least: