Word came today from iMore, a blog with a history of predicting Apple stuff, that the next generation of the iPhone would make an early appearance, along with the much rumored 7.x” iPad.
The site predicts that the devices will appear at a typically large Apple event on Sept 12th and that the phone would go on sale on Sept 25th. The date for sale of the “mini iPad” isn’t yet known, but a lot of speculation has it no earlier than late Q4 2012, most likely Q1 2013.
The iPhone (it’s likely it will NOT be called the iPhone 5 as Apple seems to be moving away from that) will likely come with a slightly larger screen, 4G LTE connectivity and other improvements. In the last week several screen shots and even videos have appeared claiming to be footage of the new iPhone.
The mini iPad is a total mystery as Steve Jobs once told the world that the idea of a smaller iPad was unneeded.
“The reason we wouldn’t make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a price point, it’s because we don’t think you can make a great tablet with a 7-inch screen,” Jobs said. “The 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.”
He said the resolution of the display could be increased to make up for the smaller size, but that would be “meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size.”
“There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps,” he said.
I personally won’t believe Apple is selling a mini iPad until I hear them admit it.
My suggestion is to not sell your iPhone 4 or 4S just yet… While a couple of other news outlets are now also confirming these dates and news, it’s always good to sit and wait for Apple to confirm something. Even if it is not true, the latest likely date for announcing would be in October.
iMore also mentions a new iPod Nano, but without any real details on its assumably new design