iMore has reportedly heard from reliable supply chain sources that Apple will unveil its sixth-generation iPhone, 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini’ and revamped iPod nano at a special event on September 12th. 9 days later, the long-rumored iPhone update will finally hit the market, the website added.
Apple’s next-gen handset, which is often referred to as the ‘iPhone 5,’ is anticipated to sport a taller 4-inch and a smaller 19-inch dock connector which have repeatedly surfaced in various part leaks. Rumors have also suggested Apple will upgrade its sixth iPhone with LTE connectivity and maybe even NFC support.
Although most publications refer to the device as the ‘iPhone 5,’ it is unknown how exactly the company will name it. Should Apple follow the example of its latest iPad release, the numbering scheme for the iPhone may be dropped. Instead of the ‘iPad 3,’ Apple’s third-generation tablet was simply dubbed ‘the new iPad.’ Therefore, the company may well launch its next handset under the moniker ‘the new iPhone.’
While rumors about the so-called ‘iPad mini’ have been around for quite a long time, their frequency and volume have considerably increased in recent months. With a smaller iPad, Apple is believed to gain a competitive advantage over its lower-end rivals in the tablet market, thus enhancing the entire lineup.
In the past, iMore has generally provided accurate release date information. For instance, the website correctly predicted both the iPhone 4S pre-order date and the new iPad launch date.