Apple is expected to announce its iPhone 5 and rumored iPad Mini at an event September 12, with a product release planned nine days later, iMore is reporting.
The report cites sources close to the situation and “who have proven accurate in the past,” saying that Apple will hold the event September 12 and release the iPhone 5 on September 21 — nine days later.
While unclear, its expected that Apple’s smaller iPad, appropriately dubbed the iPad Mini, would also be announced and released during the same time period.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to be completely redesigned with a larger, 4-inch screen and thinner body. The new iPhone will feature 4G LTE cellular technology, 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core A6 processor, likely making it the fastest smartphone on the planet.
The iPad Mini should be exactly like Apple’s current iPad, but shrunk down to a 7.85-inch screen. It’s not expected to have an ultra-sharp Retina display like the current generation iPad features.
While many rumors have pointed to the iPhone 5 being released in October, other blogs, citing manufacturing timeline, have pointed to a release date as early as September. iMore tends to have a good reputation when it comes to rumors.
Apple announced its iPhone 4S on October 4 and released the device 10 days later. The New iPad event was held March 7 and released nine days later.
The release date could change as it will coincide with iOS 6, Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system. The new operating system will include Apple’s first stab at a Maps application, ditching Google Maps after being on the iPhone for five years. The device will also offer some new apps, like Passbook, which allows users to keep things like airline tickets, gift cards and concert tickets all in one convenient app.
With Passbook being hyped, rumors have also been generating about the iPhone 5 including NFC technology, which would allow for mobile payments.
If this rumor ends up being true, August will certainly be a slow month for Apple fans.