Rumors have emerged earlier this week, saying that Apple will introduce the next-generation iPhone, the purported iPad Mini, and the new iPod Nano in a yet-to-be announced company event this September 12.
Additionally, there were claims that the upcoming mobile phone will hit the stores on September 19, just a week after the iDevices were announced. However, a release date for the so-called iPad Mini and iPod Nano are not yet known. In relation to this, there were recent reports that the 7-inch tablet will roll out sometime in October, with a sub-$200 price point.
Next-Gen iPhone’s Rumored Release Date
Prior to this, there were reports that the Japanese iPhone repair company, iLab Factory, released photos of a rumored, fully assembled next-generation iPhone. The handset was built using leaked parts sourced from China, and it features a 19-pin dock connector, a 4-inch display, and a relocated headphone jack. The site also noted that the home button has been modified for improvement.
A purported September release for the said Apple devices is also in line with an analyst’s projection that the company will launch the next-generation iPhone and iPad Mini on early fall. As stated by KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo last week:
iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.
Apple’s iPad Mini and iPod Nano
However, the 7-inch tablet was expected to be released later in the month, after an August ramp-up.
In line with this, it was rumored that the company’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has been hiring extra staff to accommodate the flood of iDevice orders. There were also claims that the manufacturer’s Zhengzhou plant has already rolled out a few next-generation iPhone test batches. On the other hand, it is unclear where the iPad Mini will be built. That’s because of the conflicting reports that the tablet will be assembled at either Foxconn’s Chengdu or Jundiai, Brazil factories.
There were also no clear reports with regard to the tablet’s hardware specifics. However, the sources reiterated that the iPad Mini will be similar to the 9.7-inch iPad, although it will be scaled down to 7.x-inches. Meanwhile, its description is identical to the leaked “engineering samples” that were reported previously. The sample shows a 19-pin dock connector, which is widely expected to be introduced with the next-gen iPhone.
As for the iPod Nano, not much is known about it. However, there were speculations that it will ditch the square-shaped design for something that is akin to a shrunken iPhone, including the home button.