Apple will hold two separate media events this fall for the re-designed sixth generation iPhone 5 and iPad mini, according to Apple critic Jim Dalrymple, known for being particularly well-sourced in goings-on at Apple. Earlier today Jim posted a message in response to a post ‘Sharing the Stage’ published by John Gruber of Daring Fireball.
I’m thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there’s another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds it’s traditional “music event”, exactly along the lines of the events at which they’ve been debuting new iPods for the last decade.
Mainstream media outlets (WSJ, Bloomberg, Reuters, ATD) have already confirmed that Apple will hold a media event on September 12th to announce a new product, plausibly the next-generation iPhone and a 7.85 inch iPad Mini followed by launch on September 21. The next-generation iPhone is believed to be in production and some time away from shipping, however.
Details about the new iPhone 5 have already filtered out in form of panel, digitizer, OEM, logic board part leak. The sixth iteration of the device is expected to sport a thinner, larger screen and a smaller dock connector, among other tweaks.