Sunday, August 26, 2012

iPhone 5 won't share the stage with iPad mini: Confirmed

Apple is going to have two big launch events this fall, according to a new report. Just a day or so ago, John Gruber posed a (good) question: why would Apple want to introduce the iPad mini alongside the iPhone 5? To that, Jim Dalrymple, who is known for his "one-word 'Yep' confirmations" of Apple rumors, gave Gruber's theory a thumbs up, saying: "Oh that Gruber is a smart fellow."

Now, it seems we have further confirmation that "Gruber is a smart fellow." AllThingsD says that "several sources" have told it that there are definitely going to be two different Apple launch events this fall, one for the iPhone 5 and one for the iPad mini.

The expected date for the still-unannounced iPhone 5 launch event is Sept. 12, with the phone reaching retail on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, while it originally seemed that Apple would launch the iPad mini, a 7.85-inch tablet, alongside it, that new device will launch sometime in October, after sales of the iPhone 5 are well underway.

Gruber's idea was:

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

It's unclear from ATD's report exactly when in October the iPad mini will be introduced. It's also unclear, though probable, if a new iPod touch and iPod nano, also expected this year, will be launched at the same time as the mini.

The iPhone 5 is expected to embrace 4G LTE for the first time, sport a slightly larger battery, a larger 4-inch 16:9 screen, a smaller dock connector, centered FaceTime camera, moved headset jack, iOS 6, and a faster processor, among other things. Pricing is expected to be consistent with the iPhone 4S.

The iPad mini, meanwhile, in addition to being only 7.85-inches in size (compared to its larger brother, the iPad, at 9.7-inches), will carry the revised dock connector and a 1,024 x 768 screen (a non-Retina Display). Pricing is expected to be higher than, but in the range of, the Google Nexus 7, at $249 or thereabouts.

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