iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12th [Rumor]

iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12th [Rumor]

Image via iMore.

September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.

According to a report from Rene Richie at iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.

We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.

Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.

I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.

As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.

Update: Multiple sites have also confirmed the September 12th media event date. Mark your calendars!

  • marsk

    what about iMac?

  • Alfred2612

    Over half of Apple’s hardware line is either overdue or due updates.

    New iPhone (nearly due)
    New iPods (due)
    New iMacs (overdue)
    New Mac Minis (due)
    New Cinema Displays (nearly due)

    The only hardware not due are the MacBooks, Mac Pro, iPad, and Apple TV.

    As for the iPad Mini, well, if it really does exist, it will be interesting to see whether it challenges the market for 7 inch Android tablets, since Apple will likely be able to sell an iPad Mini at a much lower price point. Let the games begin! :)

  • Alfred2612

    I’d like a BIGGER iPad to be released too please :) 30cm (12 inch) would be perfect.

  • ddevito

    I’m still shocked there will be a 7″ (or smaller) iPad. I always thought Apple was ahead of competition and never gave consumers what they want(ed). And to be honest, what’s the point? What incentive will this give?

  • Alfredopte1

    like Rodney said I am alarmed that some people can earn $9131 in four weeks on the computer. did you read this page(Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/j9J4U

  • carson4k

    The MacPro is way way over due for a real upgrade. Apple has been adding minor speed bumps for years and passing it off. In the mean time, creative pros are having to jump to Windows to get the upgrades they need. Not having NVIDIA in a MacPro means no CUDA!

  • Shane Bryson

    iPad mini will not happen.

  • extra_medium

    I’m still shocked there will be a 7″ (or smaller) iPad. I always thought Apple was ahead of competition and never gave consumers what they want(ed). And to be honest, what’s the point? What incentive will this give?

    The only people who keep talking about this mini iPad are the blogs and blog commenters. Apple hasn’t said a thing about it. I agree with you, it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing apple would do. “Here is our tablet. Buy it and be cool, or don’t.” Not, “oh is that one too expensive? Too big? Here’s another, is this one better? Buy the cheaper one instead!”

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