RUMOURED: iPhone 5 ‘Sept 12’, ‘iPad mini’ “October”

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Double trouble: Apple to make its assault on the mini tab world in October- after the hero iPhone 5 is unleashed in September.
That’s according to AllThingsD, citing sources who indicate the two landmark Apple device will be launched at separate events, in order to create as much attention as possible around the overly anticipated iOS devices.

The iPhone 5 is long awaited update to the iPhone 4, and although the 4S was launched October last, it was really considered more of a slight tweak with Siri, rather than a gung-ho new model.

The iPhone 5 is believed to be 4G LTE ready, sport a new form factor with a bigger 4.5″ screen, thinner body (like Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and HTC’s One X), a new connector, and is tipped to be unveiled to the world September 12.

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The iPad mini is said to be in production at Asian factories at present and widely believed to feature a 7″ screen to rival budget tabs like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Google’s newly released Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Tab 7.0.

The double whammy launch theory is supported by John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog, who writes:”it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6.

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“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 its traditional “music event”, exactly along the lines of the events at which they’ve been debuting new iPods for the last decade.”

 

Given Apple’s love of dramatic product launches (cue oohs and ahhs), this theory would make sense and it would let consumers and the tech world alike get their head around the new iPhone features before the miniture iPad hits town.

And just think of the chaos at Apple shops if an iPad mini and iPhone come at once.

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