Ritchie writes that while both the next-generation iPhone as well as a long-rumored “iPad Mini” will be announced on Sept. 12, only the iPhone will start shipping nine days later, on Sept. 21. There’s no word on an expected release date for the other device, though presumably it would be soon after, if not at the same time.
The dates suggested in Ritchie’s report do line up with what we’ve been hearing for a while — that the next-generation iPhone will hit shelves in the fall and that the smaller iPad should be available in time for the holidays.
What else do we know about this next bunch of Apple gadgets?
Well, we suspect that the next-generation iPhone will be pretty darn similar to the iPhone 4S, but with a slightly thinner and larger screen and 4G LTE connectivity (like on the newest iPad). It will likely use a smaller 19-pin port rather than the wider 30-in port found on current iPhones, iPads and iPods. (Say goodbye to your old chargers — or hello to some awkward adapter — if that turns out to be the case.)
As far as the “iPad Mini” goes, we don’t know too much. Based on the most reliable reports, it should be close to eight inches diagonally, offer a plain (non-Retina) display, and be priced in the $250 range (to compete with Google’s Nexus 7).
We’ve reached out to the folks at Apple and asked them if they’re feeling crazy enough to confirm the rumored announcement date or chit-chat about their upcoming products. Since it’s their policy not to address such things, we’ll just continue daydreaming about shiny gadgets of the future.