Apple Picks Sept. 12 As Launch Date for iPhone , iPad

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July 31
iHeard…iMore has heard that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012,
with the release date to follow nine days later on Friday, September 21.

This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past. The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. iMore hasn’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5.

It seems likely the new iPod touch will make an appearance on September 12 as well, though they haven’t heard any specific information about that yet either. iOS 6, which was announced during Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote on June 11 and includes a new, Google-free Maps app, and Passbook,
should get a final presentation during the September 12 event as well, and if Apple sticks to previous patterns, a release
sometime around Wednesday, September 19.

As for hardware, they’re still hearing the iPad mini will be exactly like the 9.7- inch iPad, only scaled down to 7.x-inches. iMore originally heard Apple had a few iPhone 5 prototypes, including 3.5-inch and 4.0-inch versions, but recent reports and parts leaks make it look like the 4.0-inch, 16:9 screen version is what Apple’s going with.

They’ve also consistently heard all new iOS devices will have the new, smaller dock connector going forward, which along with the nano-SIM and rumored in-cell display should leave lots of room for the LTE radio they heard about earlier in the year, and the bigger battery to go along with it.