Apple Rumored to Announce New iPhone on September 12th
A report from the folks over at iMore
who claims to have cited sources that “have proven accurate in the past” claims inside knowledge of an unannounced Apple event that will supposedly unveil the next-generation iPhone, a new iPod Nano, and the long-rumored smaller iPad model currently being called the “iPad Mini.” The information, which seems to come right after fully-assembled next-generation iPhone pictures
have been released, seems to add up to what could possibly be an accurate date.
The sources go on to say that the next-generation iPhone will likely go on sale the week of September 17th, just one week after its debut. The rollout dates for the smaller iPad and the iPod Nano weren’t mentioned though. It was being reported previously
that the iPad could possibly be unveiled sometime in October at a sub-$200 price point. The launch date rumors seem to go hand to hand with several analyst projections of an early September launch for the next-generation iOS devices.
Foxconn was previously reported
hiring extra staff to accommodate the influx of iOS device orders and the Zhengzhou plant is said to have already rolled out a few iPhone batches ahead of mass production as well. Information on where the iPad will be built remains unclear, as there seems to be conflicting reports of whether the assembly will take place at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant in China or Jundiai plant in Brazil. The sources also didn’t offer any additional information regarding hardware specifics, although they did reiterate that the iPad mini will “be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, only scaled down to 7.x-inches.” The description they provided seemed to go hand to hand with earlier “leaked” engineering samples
of the device that showed the inclusion of the smaller, 19-pin dock connector widely expected to be introduced
in the next-generation iPhone. There isn’t much information about the new iPod Nano aside from one source who claims the device will be moving to a smaller iPhone-like design with a home button.